In 1774 the adversary of the American people was King George III, and his insistence upon taxing the colonists without giving them representation in Parliament. Taxation and representation, however, were not what Colonial Americans wanted; self-government was their aim.
Today the greatest adversaries of America are infused in the culture. Rather than coming from without, our demise is self-orchestrated. Our adversaries are the culture of death, which promotes abortion and euthanasia, and post-modern relativism, which rejects objective truth.
America is once again at a significant crossroads in her history and would do well to petition the King of kings not only to look down in mercy, but to forgive us our sins, give our elected officials wisdom, and defeat the malicious designs of the evil one that truth and justice, religion and piety may prevail and flourish in our nation.
Prayer of the Day
First Prayer of the Continental Congress, September 7, 1774
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 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 Savior.
Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.
Source: Prayer Archives of the Office of the Chaplain, United States House of Representatives