The Prayer Life of George Washington

The Prayer at Valley Forge

“One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. That moving image personifies and testifies to our Founders’ dependence upon Divine Providence during the darkest hours of our Revolutionary struggle.” ~ Ronald Reagan, President (1981-1989)

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“With earnest prayers that you & all the worthy Patriots of America may long enjoy uninterrupted felicity under the New Government.” George Washington

“…We can but offer up our prayers to the Sovereign Dispenser of life & health…” ~ George Washington

“…Endeavor so to live & act as becomes a Christian Soldier defending the dearest Rights & Liberties of (your) country.” George Washington

Unbelief & ingratitude towards God makes one “worse than an infidel” and “more than wicked” according to our nation’s founding father.


George Washington ordered a custom-sized prayer book so he could carry it in his pocket & have it readily available at all times.

More than 100 different prayers (or references to prayer) were found in George Washington’s private & public letters.

“I do not believe, that Providence has done so much for nothing.’ ~ George Washington

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. Psalm 118:9

Prayer During the War

“One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge.” Ronald Reagan

“When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”

Throughout the war, as it was understood in his military family, George Washington gave a part of every day to private prayer & devotion.

A very moving and beautiful portrait of Washington :

Contrast George Washington on his knees during the darkest days of the Revolution:

Prayer at the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia

The first Continental Congress decided that its first official act would be to ask God for his aid. They met & prayed at Carpenter’s Hall.

Interesting story behind this piece of history… “First Prayer in Congress” copy of a painting by T. H. Matheson

“It was enough to melt a heart of stone. I saw the tears gush into the eyes of the old, grave, Pacific Quakers of Philadelphia.” ~ John Adams

George Washington knelt w/ Henry, Randolph, Lee, Rutledge, Jay & others as Dr. Jacob Duche prayed fervently in Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia.

“Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection…” ~ George Washington

Personal Prayer

Prayer Journal of George Washington:


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