Admiral Jeremiah Denton
(June 15, 1924 - March 28, 2014)
Admiral Denton spent over seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In this moving presentation, he recalls how, through the power of prayer, he withstood extreme torture rather than betray God or his country.
For his valor, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Navy Cross, and the POW Medal.
O Lord, you promised that if I build my life on the rock of your word, I will stand fast. And yet, there are times when waves of trouble and anguish seem ready to overwhelm me. In those moments of distress, strengthen me to pick up my tools again and keep building as you command.
When I feel alone and afraid, help me hold fast to your promises. When fear and worry threaten to sweep away my house, help me shore up its foundations by not being anxious about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). Let your words of love sink into my weary heart to renew me and ward off despair and self-pity.
My God, whenever the winds blow, remind me to plead with you, using the very words you inspired. “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?” (Psalm 42:9). Remind me to comfort my soul with the prayer of your psalmist: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God” (42:5-6).
O Eternal Word, you are with me and in me! I need never feel empty, for you fill my house to overflowing with your presence, your peace, and your love. I need never give in to fear, for you are faithful, and your deeds are marvelous. I need never submit to weakness, for your grace can make me strong.
Lord, I believe that as I walk by the light of your word, all gloom will vanish, and my spirit will be refreshed. So let the rains fall. Let the floods come. Let the winds blow and beat upon my house! It will stand and not crumble, for it is built on you, who are my Rock!
“Come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the rock who saves us! Let us praise the truthfulness, fidelity, and magnificence of our God! Come, let us lift up our heads and join in the chorus of saints and angels who stand before his throne. Let us make Mary’s words of praise our own: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!’ (Luke1:46-47), Let us build on and with the living Word of God!"
Lord Jesus, calm my troubled heart with your peace. You have overcome the world, and you have gone to prepare a place for me in heaven. I trust that you are coming back again to bring me to yourself, so that I can be with you forever. I trust in your will for my life and in your timing. Jesus, you invited me to lay all of my burdens at your feet, and so I come to you, trusting that your yoke is easy and your burden is light.
Lord, I trust that you will take care of my family. Around the world, many people are struggling to make ends meet, and I admit to being afraid sometimes that those I love will not be taken care of. Help me not to lose hope during times of uncertainty, but to remember that you are Creator and Provider, worthy of all my trust. Help me to take to heart the psalmist’s encouragement: “When I am afraid, in you I place my trust. God, I praise your promise; in you I trust, I do not fear” (Psalm 56:4-5).
Lord, I entrust my health to you as well as the health of those near to me. Medicine has made many advances, and I am grateful for them. But help me to rely on you as well. Many still suffer from disease, and while you didn’t promise that we would be free from all sickness, you did promise that you would be with us always. When I feel alone and in pain, I will lift my eyes to heaven, because “my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).
Lord, I trust that nothing can separate me from your love—not trouble or hardship, not persecution or famine, not terrorism or evil or the spiritual forces of darkness. Help me to trust in your power. Help me to put on the full armor of God: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God. (wau.org)