Blessed in the nation whose God is LORD…    ~  Psalm 33:12

 

Information below is copied from the 7/2/10 publication of Family Research Council.

Conceived, Birthed, Sustained by Prayer

The Second Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on Thursday, July 20, 1775. From the time of the Pilgrims, colonial governors and legislatures issued hundreds of proclamations, calling upon Americans to repent, fast and pray. Now, the Colonies were at war. Fellow-Patriot James Warren wrote Samuel Adams:

Three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven, is a striking circumstance, and a very singular one in America. May the blessings of Heaven follow in answer to our prayers.

Their prayers were heard. When the Declaration of Independence was signed in July, 1776, Samuel Adams exclaimed: “We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.” Ours was not a “revolution” like others. The Founders were motivated by faith and righteous principle. Our Republic, where God is acknowledged as the Supreme Author of our “unalienable rights,” was not just the fruit of brilliant statesmanship or even the shed blood of patriots, but the grace of God. Our Forefathers were led by Providence. America was birthed by the agonizing prayers of men and women who longed for a land where a God-fearing people could enjoy freedom in their homes, churches, businesses, schools, and private and public associations, where private property and religious liberty would be protected by just laws, where political liberty would allow faith to flourish.

 

 

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