Sunday, August 03, 2008

Join me in prayer for our country !

The following is the first prayer uttered in the Continental Congress by the Rev. Jacob Duche. Oh! And notice... it was offered in 'Jesus' name'!

The First Prayer in Congress

O - Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech thee, on these our American States, who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee, to Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give; take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them 0f the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved bands in the day of battle! Be Thou present, 0 God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honroable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst The people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask In the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen

The First Prayer offerred in Congress September 7, 1774 by Jacob Duche


Duché’s historic prayer was a moving experience for the Congress. Several first-hand accounts of the event have the delegates fervently in prayer – many of them with tears streaming down their cheeks. John Adams wrote that “it was enough…to melt a heart of stone.”

7 comments:

redneck preacher said...

I copied this and sent it to our local paper with a suggestion of a historical article. Even though we live in Obama/Clinton country our local paper is run by conservatives. They very seldom do anything controversial. The chances they will run this are slim to nil. Anyway they will see it. Thank you for this information

HTOITA

redneck preacher said...

By the way the Vernoy family is the featured missionary this morning at church.

HTOITA

Dawn said...

It just absolutely blows my mind that we cannot pray "In Jesus' Name" So, I ask, what is the POINT???

I had trouble with Blogger this week-end as well - my site kept "aborting" - and others did, too, but not all. Really weird. It seems to have healed itself.

WomanHonorThyself said...

melt a heart of stone..ahhhhhhhhhh!

MightyMom said...

would this be the same Continental Congress that was a mess and couldn't decide ANYTHING until they broke...fasted...and reconviened with prayer???

Why are we losing such an important part of our history?

ABNPOPPA said...

I would like to join you in pray however that could be a conflict of separation of church and state. I'll have to copy it and pray it at home tonight. I think I can still pray at home......can't I?

ABNPOPPA said...

I would like to join you in pray however that could be a conflict of separation of church and state. I'll have to copy it and pray it at home tonight. I think I can still pray at home......can't I?