On July 4, 1952, Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotel chain, took out full page ads in several major magazines, offering the following Prayer for America. As true, and as needed, as Hilton’s prayer was in 1952, it is even moreso today. Please pray this prayer with me throughout this week, making it our Prayer for America today.
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
WE PRAY that YOU save us from ourselves
The world that YOU have made for us, to live in peace,
we have made into an armed camp.
We live in fear of war to come.
We are afraid of “the terror that flies by
night, and the arrow that flies by day,
the pestilence that walks in darkness
and the destruction that wastes at noon-day”
We have turned from YOU to go our selfish way.
We have broken YOUR commandments
and denied YOUR truth. We have left YOUR altars
to serve the false gods of money and pleasure and power.
FORGIVE US AND HELP US
Now, darkness gathers around us and we are confused
in all our counsels. Losing faith in YOU,
we lose faith in ourselves.
Inspire us with wisdom, all of us of every color, race and creed,
to use our wealth, our strength to help our brother,
instead of destroying him.
Help us to do YOUR will as it is done in heaven
and to be worthy of YOUR promise of peace on earth.
Fill us with new faith, new strength and new courage,
that we may win the Battle for Peace.
Be swift to save us, dear God,
before the darkness falls.
In the ads, Hilton’s prayer was preambled with this comment:
AMERICA ON ITS KNEES ……not beaten there by the hammer & sickle, but FREELY, INTELLIGENTLY, RESPONSIBLY, CONFIDENTLY, POWERFULLY America now knows it can destroy communism & win the battle for peace. We need fear nothing or no one……except GOD.