George Washington Prays for Food, Fish Clog River Soon After
In the prayer room of the Capitol, we can see in the stained glass window the kneeling figure of George Washington.
Behind him, a prayer from the first verse of Psalm sixteen is etched: 'Preserve me Oh Lord, for in Thee do I put my trust.' Washington was observed by his troops, his officers, and various civilians to regularly pray in his tent as well as in secluded groves.
On May 6, 1982, President Reagan remarked on this event in his National Day of Prayer Proclamation: 'I said before that the most sublime picture in American history is of George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. That image personifies a people who knew that its not enough to depend on our own courage and goodness. We must also seek help from God, our Father and preserver.'
In this difficult of times, General Washington constantly relied upon God and trusted in Him for success. God was faithful to answer his prayers and through Washington He eventually established our independence and secured the beginning of the most free and prosperous nation the world has ever seen.
How did God answer George Washington's prayers at Valley Forge?
The following is one historian's account of the miracles that occurred that winter which helped remedy the impending starvation of the Colonial Army:
"One foggy morning the soldiers noticed the Schuylkill River seemed to be boiling. The disturbance was caused by thousands and thousands of shad which were making their way upstream in an unusual early migration.
With pitchforks and shovels the men plunged into the water throwing the fish onto the banks. Dragoons rode their horses into the stream to keep the shad from swimming on out of reach. Suddenly and wonderfully there was plenty of food for the army."
Another Providential event that occurred that winter was France becoming an ally to America. Much needed French money and troops began to poor into the new nation. The Continental Congress acknowledged this as the hand of God as they declared a National Day of Thanksgiving on May 7.
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