Material History of American Religion Project

Prayer covenant

1940s prayer covenant

Many Americans tend to associate prayer cards and other devotional objects with Catholicism, assuming that Protestant devotional life is strictly in the "head and heart" and does not rely on such material objects. In the course of our research, however, we found a rich variety of Protestant devotional materials, much of it, like this card, connected with the Bible.

The evangelical group that produced this prayer card intended the user to keep it in his or her Bible, where it would be close at hand at devotional time. Most likely issued during World War II, the card encourages the user to pray for national revival and a victory of American forces.

The cards come from a collection of Sunday school memoriabilia belonging to Ronald Cram, professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary.

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