During Lincoln’s tenure as president, he was visited by a guest who sought to flatter him by saying, “Back in my home state people say the welfare of the nation depends on God and Abraham Lincoln.” Humbly, Lincoln responded, “You are half right.” He later said, “Without divine assistance I cannot succeed. With it I cannot fail.” The welfare of our country is in the hands of God; therefore, said Paul, “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men.” (1 Tim. 2:1)
* Today in the Word, May 1991, p. 30; Executive Speechwriter Newsletter, Religion & Philosophy, Vol. 1
McHenry’s Quips, Quotes and Other Notes, HeavenWord Stories for Teachers and Preachers, CD-ROM, HeavenWord, Inc., Raleigh NC, 1999.