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AMERICAN HISTORY… A HISTORY FULL OF PRAYER

04.30.17

    AMERICAN HISTORY… A HISTORY FULL OF PRAYER

    The next time someone tells you that America’s heritage is not Christian…tell them that they do not know much about our history.

    On May 24, 1774, Thomas Jefferson drafted a Resolution for a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer to be observed as the British blockaded Boston’s Harbor. Robert Carter Nicholas, Treasurer, introduced the Resolution in the Virginia House of Burgesses, and, with support of Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, and George Mason, it passed unanimously: “This House, being deeply impressed with apprehension of the great dangers, to be derived to British America, from the hostile invasion of the City of Boston, in our sister Colony of Massachusetts... deem it highly necessary that the said first day of June be set apart, by the members of this House, as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, devoutly to implore the Divine interposition, for averting the heavy calamity which threatens destruction to our civil rights...Ordered, therefore that the Members of this House do attend...with the Speaker, and the Mace, to the Church in this City, for the purposes aforesaid; and that the Reverend Mr. Price be appointed to read prayers and the Reverend Mr. Gwatkin, to preach a sermon.”

    George Washington wrote in his diary, June 1, 1774: “Went to church, fasted all day.”

    On April 15, 1775, just four days before the Battle of Lexington, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, led by John Hancock, declared: “In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments...the 11th of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer...to confess the sins...to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression.”

    On March 16, 1776, the Continental Congress passed without dissent a resolution presented by General William Livingston declaring: “Congress....desirous...to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God’s superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely...on his aid and direction...do earnestly recommend Friday, the 17th day of May, be observed by the colonies as a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; that we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and, by sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease God’s righteous displeasure, and, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain this pardon and forgiveness.”

    On October 31, 1785, James Madison introduced a bill in the Virginia Legislature titled, “For Appointing Days of Public Fasting and Thanksgiving,” which included: “Forfeiting fifty pounds for every failure, not having a reasonable excuse.” Yale College had as its requirement, 1787: “All the scholars are obliged to attend Divine worship in the College Chapel on the Lord’s Day and on Days of Fasting and Thanksgiving appointed by public authority.”

    At the Constitutional Convention, 1787, Ben Franklin stated: “In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection.”

    These are just a few examples from American history, and there are scores of examples from the beginning of our nation to the present day, (that neither space or time permits me to include here) that connect our nation’s heritage to prayer, repentance, and Jehovah God (not other gods or religions). Join us this Thursday for the National Day of Prayer… two opportunities. First at 6:30 AM on the field across from First Baptist Church or Second, 12:00 noon right here at Ridgecrest. Attend either or both, but we will be sure to have you out within an hour. Like those before us, let us not neglect to pray and seek God in humility, repentance and ask for His gracious favor, forgiveness, and protection upon our Nation.

    Remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray