Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!
Many people, including Lent & Beyond, have prayed for protection from terrorism. NYPD reports that they have arrested a man in a bomb plot.
Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever. (Psalm 106:1)
Father, thank you for your enduring mercy and goodness.
Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all his praise? (Psalm 106:2)
Jesus, help us praise you as we ought and tell of what you have done for us.
Blessed are those who keep justice, and he who does righteousness at all times! (Psalm 106:3)
Holy Spirit, help us cleave to justice and righteousness at all times. Thank you.
Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have toward your people. Oh, visit me with your salvation, (Psalm 106:4)
Jesus, we join with the dying thief on the cross and all who have looked to you in hope: remember us with the favor you have toward your people. Thank you.
A word received: Look to me and follow me.
Monday: 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Joel 3:1-2,9-17 1 Pet. 1:1-12 Matthew 19:1-12
Tuesday: , 121, 122, 123 * 124, 125, 126, ; Nahum 1:1-13 1 Pet. 1:13-25 Matthew 19:13-22
The Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre Jr. (1915 — 2008) was Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for 27 years.
Bless, Lord, the hilly ramparts, the steep valleys and generous plains where by Thy Providence Thou didst settle a sturdy race, destined for freedom. By inwardness of faith, in openness of spirit was the soil prepared, where independence might take root, and liberty baptize a nation fit for the New World. Grant, O Heavenly Father, that they to whom such riches have come down may ever be chosen of Thee to be builders of Thy commonwealth and bearers of Thy peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hat tip: The Anglican Digest
In a letter written to the President during the Constitutional Convention of 1787:
I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service
Samuel Adams (1722-1803) has been called the Father of the American Revolution. This proclamation was given in Boston, February 28, 1795.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
By the Governor
For a Day of PUBLIC FASTING, HUMILIATION and PRAYER
THE supreme Ruler of the Universe, having been pleased, in the course of his Providence, to establish the Independence of the United States of America, and to cause them to assume their rank, amount the nations of the Earth, and bless them with Liberty, Peace and Plenty; we ought to be led by Religious feelings of Gratitude; and to walk before Him, in all Humility, according to his most Holy Law.-But, as the depravity of our Hearts has, in so many instances drawn us aside from the path of duty, so that we have frequently offended our Divine and Merciful Benefactor; it is therefore highly incumbent on us, according to the ancient and laudable practice of our pious Ancestors, to open the year by a public and solemn Fast.-That with true repentance and contrition of Heart, we may unitedly implore the forgiveness of our Sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ, and humbly supplicate our Heavenly Father, to grant us the aids of his Grace, for the amendment of our Hearts and Lives, and vouchsafe his smiles upon our temporal concerns:
I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and with the advice and consent of the Council, I do hereby appoint Thursday, the Second Day of April next, to be observed as a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer throughout this Commonwealth:-Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, of every Denomination, with their respective Congregations, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly implore the Divine forgiveness of our Sins, -To pray that the Light of the Gospel, and the rights of Conscience, may be continued to the people of United America; and that his Holy Word may be improved by them, so that the name of God may be exalted, and their own Liberty and Happiness secured.-That he would be graciously pleased to bless our Federal Government; that by a wise administration, it may be a sure guide and safe protection in national concerns, for the people who have established, and who support it-That He would continue to us the invaluable Blessings of Civil Liberty; guarding us against intestine commotions; and enabling the United States, in the exercise of such Governmental powers, as are devolved upon them, so that the honor and dignity of our Nation, upon the Sea and the Land, may be supported, and Peace with the other Powers of the World, upon safe and honorable terms, may be maintained.
The first prayer in Congress was offered in the early days of the First Continental Congress, on September 7, 1774, after this body had heard that the British had laid laid siege to the town of Boston, Massachusetts to repay the “rebels” for the Boston Tea Party. The Foundation Forum offers a fascinating account.
The prayer is by The Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and chaplain to the Continental Congress.
O! Lord, our heavenly father, King of Kings and Lord of lords: who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth and reignest with power supreme & uncontrouled over all kingdoms, empires and governments, look down in mercy, we beseech thee, upon these our American states who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee. To thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their Cause; to Thee do they look up, for that countenance & support which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care: give them wisdom in council, valour in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries. Convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause. And if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, O! let the voice of thy unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their enerved hands in the day of battle. Be thou present, O God of Wisdom and direct the counsels of this honourable Assembly. Enable them to settle things upon the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigour of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they 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, Our Saviour, Amen.