This is some of President Franklin Roosevelt’s address the morning of D-Day. He decided, rather than giving a speech, to pray. (Thanks to my friend, Wade Thomas, for posting this on Facebook.)
“Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness to their faith. They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest until victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and by flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, thy heroic servants, into thy kingdom.
Oh Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled.
With thy blessing we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances.
Thy will be done almighty God. Amen.”
True leadership involves humility. Without humility, one cannot pray. To pray, one must recognize there are limits to his abilities. Prayer to almighty God is essential to lead.