Commander of The World’s Fleets

Admiral James Kelly, the navy’s chief of chaplains, tells how the members of the Pueblo crew – taken captive by the North Koreans began to pray more and more frequently as the weary months of their imprisonment dragged on.

At mealtimes, the men would bow their heads slightly and thank God for the food before them. If Communist guards spotted them, however, the guards would scream, “This is not a church! This food is a gift from the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea!”

At night, the men dared not kneel beside their bunks, so othey prayed as they were lying on their backs. Instead of praying to the Lord by name, they referred to Him as COMMWORLDFLT, which stood for “Commander of the world’s fleets.” These sailors felt they were making contact with the Supreme Commander of all things, and they stood firm in their belief that they were under His protection and care.

Regardless of our circumstances, even when we cannot pray openly, God looks at our hearts. Whatever language we may use, whatever words are spoken, He hears us when our hearts are praying.

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. ~ Matthew 26:42