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National Day of Prayer 2017 event in Orange County, California, Honors U.S. Military with Historic Prayer by Verna Hall Linzey

by Dan Wooding

She was the great, great, granddaughter of Chaplain George Hall of George Washington’s Army

By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service

ArmyPiccopyMISSION VIEJO, CA (ANS – May 5, 2017) — On Thursday, May 4, 2017, on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer, a crowd estimated be at around 4,000 Christians representing 90 Southern California churches, gathered in the South Orange County city of Mission Viejo, to honor the US Armed Forces and pray for the nation.

Various military chaplains were invited to attend the gathering held at the Thomas R. Potocki Center in Mission Viejo. They included Dr. James (Jim) F. Linzey, a retired US Army chaplain with the rank of Major, who was invited by Rev. Mike Maiolo, senior pastor of Mission Viejo Christian Church, who organized the event, to give the prayer for the US Armed Forces, military members, and veterans.

In preparation, Jim Linzey told ANS that he had “spent considerable time preparing a prayer, but then upon reflection,” he “felt led by the Spirit to set my prayer aside, and pray a historic prayer written by my late mother, Dr. Verna Hall Linzey.

This amazing woman, who passed on to her eternal reward 11:05 a.m. at Naval Medical Center San Diego on Veterans Day (November 11, 2016) from heart failure, at the age of 97, was the wife of a Navy chaplain, the mother of three military chaplains, the grandmother of a Navy chaplain, and who was made an honorary military chaplain by the Coalition of Spirit-Filled Churches and the Military Bible Association. She was also the great, great grand-daughter of Chaplain George Hall who was a chaplain in George Washington’s Army, and was the chief editor of the New Tyndale Version Bible translation.

When Dr. Linzey shared his mother’s extraordinary background with the audience, they broke out in thunderous cheers and applause and he further energized the crowd by shouting, “Yes, let’s hear it for Verna Linzey.”

After a hush gradually fell over the audience, he invited the audience to bow their heads in prayer as he read Verna’s prayer for the US Armed Forces and Veterans:

Verna Linzey speaking in SingaporeAlmighty God and most merciful Father, we ask You to impart by Your Spirit to the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces, as well as to our veterans, an illumination of their spirits and minds, revealing to them the need for the Savior Jesus Christ; convict of sin, O Lord, those who stray from righteousness, chastising them as only a loving Father would do, until they receive the atonement that is only wrought by the blood of Jesus Christ, who alone provides for the propitiation of their sins, and repentance brings them to the foot of the cross, and Your Spirit reigns in and through their mortal flesh.

Let freedom of the one, true religion of faith in Christ alone, and salvation in no other name under heaven, be expressed freely and openly in the United States military once again, throughout the ranks, without fear of reprisal, that all military men and women may hear the Gospel, and draw nigh unto You, O Lord, and be saved. We ask for an eternal reward for those who have served. Bless our veterans, meeting all their needs—those and their loved ones who have sacrificed everything, so that we may enjoy freedom of religion throughout the land, upon which all other freedoms emanate. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

One attendee said afterwards, “Few military prayers match the theological depths as did this one by Verna Linzey.”

The accolades given in honor of Mrs. Linzey included many requests for copies of the prayer, which Jim had on hand.

Special remarks were given by Mission Viejo Council Member Brian Goodell. Other participants included various church worship bands, choirs, and pastors. The event concluded with the audience breaking out into small groups to pray for one another as Jim joined pastors at the altar to pray for people coming forward for personal prayer requests.

The Mission Viejo prayer occasion, one of thousands across the United States, was supported by a broad spectrum of denominational churches and independent churches, including the Assemblies of God, Baptist, Calvary Chapel, Catholic, Church of God in Christ, Evangelical Free Church, Lutheran, Messianic, Methodist, Presbyterian, the Salvation Army, the Vineyard, and congregations such as Mariners Church and South Shores Church, and dozens of others.

Mission Viejo prayerIn his proclamation about this special day, President Donald J. Trump, said: “We come together on our National Day of Prayer as one Nation, under God, to show gratitude for our many blessings, to give thanks for His providence, and to ask for His continued wisdom, strength, and protection as we chart a course for the future. We are united in prayer, each according to our own faith and tradition, and we believe that in America, people of all faiths, creeds, and religions must be free to exercise their natural right to worship according to their consciences.

“We are also reminded and reaffirm that all human beings have the right, not only to pray and worship according to their consciences, but to practice their faith in their homes, schools, charities, and businesses in private and in the public square free from government coercion, discrimination, or persecution. Religion is not merely an intellectual exercise, but also a practical one that demands action in the world. Even the many prisoners around the world who are persecuted for their faith can pray privately in their cells. But our Constitution demands more: the freedom to practice one’s faith publicly.”

President Trump concluded by saying, “On this National Day of Prayer, the right to pray freely and live according to one’s faith is under threat around the world from coercive governments and terrorist organizations. We therefore pray especially for the many people around the world who are persecuted for their beliefs and deprived of their fundamental liberty to live according to their conscience. We pray for the triumph of freedom over oppression and for God’s love and mercy over evil.”

For further information on the Mission Viejo event, please contact: Dr. David Wagner, info@militarychaplains.org, (267) 250-1222.

Photo captions: 1) Chaplain, Major Jim Linzey, USA (Ret.), Managing editor of the New Tyndale Version Bible translation. 2) Verna Hall Linzey, great, great, granddaughter of Chaplain George Hall of George Washington’s Army. Here she is pictured as the keynote speaker at a Singapore Pastors Conference in 2014 3) Some of the participants at the Mission Viejo prayer event. 4) Norma and Dan Wooding attending a Hollywood event for ANS.

Smaller Norma and Dan at Movieguide awardsAbout the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Besides running the ASSIST News Service, he has written some 45 books and hosts a weekly radio show and two TV programs in Southern California.

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