On January 20, 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn in as President of the United States.
President Eisenhower opened his inaugural address with a short prayer in which he asked God for wisdom and divine blessing, saying,
Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby and by the laws of this land.
Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people, regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who…hold to differing political faiths, so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory.
You can watch President Eisenhower’s inaugural prayer below.
Today we continue our series examining the beliefs of past presidents with a few words from Abraham Lincoln on the existence of God and His generous blessings to America.
On God’s Existence
“Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. To deny it, however, in this case, is to deny that there is a God governing the world.” -Abraham Lincoln, March 15, 1865.
God is the Source of America’s Blessings
“No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things [blessings]. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” -Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863