A preacher once said, “Every day is a good day to pray.” Prayer means many different things to many people. Sometimes prayer is kneeling with hands clasped and looking skyward. Other times prayer is silent, or under one’s breath or while driving, working or watching your child attempt something new. The great thing about prayer is that it can happen anytime, anywhere, by anyone.
When these United States were founded where did prayer stand? Put another way, how did prayer fit into the scope of things when men met to forge a
Constitution, and a new nation? The first prayer of the Continental Congress, in 1774, is shown below:
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 uncontrolled 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 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 of 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 hands in the day of battle!
Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable 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 Saviour.
Reverend Jacob Duche’ – Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and delivered September 7, 1774
Since that prayer was delivered, over two-hundred and thirty-six years ago, a lot of days have passed in the life of this young Republic. The founding fathers discussed prayer and blessings quite a lot, but had the wisdom to leave out religion in the Constitution, but not in their everyday life. In everyday life, that’s where prayer helps the most. You could count on it in 1774 and can count on it today. Prayerfully, God bless America.
These are the times for our Constitution