Fasting and prayer.
The President of the United States
has at last recognized officially the existence of a Supreme Ruler of the universe, whose Providence
directs all things, and who is the only giver of victory.
Up to the battle of Manassas
, no reference was made by rulers or people to any power or might but their own, and the appointment by the Southern
authorities, on various occasions, of days of fasting and prayer, excited an infinite amount of ribald wit and blasphemy.
It is a good sign every way that they are now beginning to see the necessity of calling upon God. --Not that we have any faith in the religious sincerity of Lincoln
or of any of his political advisers, but when such men betake themselves for the first time to prayer, it is evident that they feel to the core the flagellation they have received, and there is hope that it may do them some good, though in a different way from what they expect.
The prayers of the wicked are said to be an abomination to the Lord
, and the prayers of those of our enemies who are not wicked may be answered, not by giving success to the most atrocious invasion that modern times have witnessed, but by restraining the wickedness of their rulers, assuring their malice, and giving peace and happiness once more to the land.