“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” -Romans 12:12 (NLT)
Written By: Pastor Todd
I heard a story of a young soldier who was in the Union Army during the Battle of Gettysburg. He lost both his older brother and his father in the war. This soldier decided to go to Washington, D.C., to speak to President Lincoln. He was hoping for an exemption from military service so he could go back and help his sister and mother on the family farm. He was granted a furlough to go plead his case before the president.
When he arrived at the White House, he approached the front gate and asked to see the president. Without hesitation, the guard on duty denied him access, strongly urging the young solider to get back to the battlefield “where he belonged.”
Disheartened, the young soldier left. Finding his way to a park bench not far from the White House, this young man sat down. Overwhelmed by the loss his family had endured and his failed attempt at a pardon to return home, he hung his head in despair.
That’s when a little boy, seeing this soldier’s countenance, came up to him. And in that inquisitive fashion that innocent children have, the little boy asked, “Soldier, what’s wrong? You look sad.” The solider looked at that boy and began to spill his heart to him. He told him his father and brother had been killed in the war. He told him he was desperate to get home. He explained that his mother and sister had no one to help them with the farm.
The little boy listened, then said, “I can help you. Follow me.” He grabbed the soldier’s hand and led him back to the front gate of the White House. They walked straight past the guard to the front door, never once questioned or detained. Upon entering the White House, they walked past generals and high-ranking officials. No one said a word. The solider couldn’t believe no one was stopping them.
Finally, they reached the Oval Office where the president was working. Without knocking, the little boy walked right in with the soldier. There, behind the desk, was Abraham Lincoln looking over battle plans with his Secretary of State.
The president looked at the boy and then at the solider. Then the little boy said, “Daddy, this soldier needs to talk to you.” That little boy was Todd Lincoln, the president’s son. The soldier pled his case, and right then and there, he received the military release he so desperately desired.
Have you ever felt like this soldier—out of answers, desperately in need of a breakthrough? Maybe you’ve scratched, clawed, and fought to find the good in what clearly seems to be bad, to the point of wanting to give up and maybe even stop trying. But know this: You and I have been given an invitation to “…Come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Just like Todd had direct access to his father, the president of the United States; we, too, have access to our Father through His Son, Jesus. Do you find yourself in a desperate place today? Start with prayer. You have direct access to the Father.
Reflect and Respond
1. Share with the K-LOVE community one thing you have been believing God for that just hasn’t materialized yet.
2. Now, take that before the Lord today in prayer with the confidence of knowing you have an audience with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.