To Face Injustice We Must Begin With Prayer

When faced with a situation that caused great concern to the Colonists, the first thing our Founding Fathers did was to pray.  Their prayer was met with anger by the political powers.  This led to the establishment of the Continental Congress which ultimately led to the Declaration of Independence.  And it all began with fasting, humiliation, and prayer.

After the Boston Tea Party, King George punished the city by instituting the Boston Port Act, March 7, 1774, effectively closing the  harbor to all commerce. 

Upon hearing of the Boston Port Act, Thomas Jefferson drafted a Day of Fasting, Humiliation & Prayer resolution, to be observed the same day the blockade was to commence.  It was introduced in the Virginia House of Burgesses by Robert Carter Nicholas, May 24, 1774 and was supported by Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee and George Mason. It passed unanimously.  It was to be “a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, devoutly to implore the Divine interposition, for averting the heavy calamity which threatens destruction to our civil rights.” 

The King’s appointed Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, was so angered by this Day of Fasting, Humiliation & Prayer resolution that two days later he dissolved Virginia’s House of Burgesses. Virginia’s colonial  leaders went down the street and gathered in Raleigh Tavern, where they decided to form a Continental Congress which met in Philadelphia a little over three months later.  Less than two years after that, the Continental Congress voted for Independence.

Many today are concerned with the existing and potential loss of freedoms in our nation.  Many today are angry over the injustices which seem to abound in our nation.  While there are actions which can be taken to stand against such wrongs, those actions are pointless unless we begin with prayer.  And not just any prayer.  It must be the prayer of a contrite, humble, and yes - humiliated - people who acknowledge that God and God alone is their source of help.  By fasting and praying we place ourselves in the proper attitude of submission that will lead to actions which can and will produce results.

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
~1 Peter 5:6~

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