I Timothy 2:1-2 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
On April 23rd, 1789 George Washington arrived in New York City in preparation for his inauguration as our nation’s first President a week later. On that same day, the New York Daily Advertiser announced the following:
“On the morning of the day on which our illustrious President will be invested with his office, the bells will ring at nine o’clock, when the people may go up to the house of God and in a solemn manner commit the new government, with its important train of consequences, to the holy protection and blessing of the Most high.”
In 1789, America stood on the brink of history. As the Constitutional based government was forming, the world was watching. After a long fought battle against the world’s superpower, and a stumbling of government under the Articles of Confederation, could this new experiment work? Much was riding on the outcome, and the subsequent train of consequences demanded an inauguration day that was bathed in prayer. The people recognized the need to commit their new government and new nation to the holy protection and blessings of the Most high.
Though 1789 was a pivotal year, we should consider 2015 no less so. We stand on the brink of history and the world is watching to determine whether this 200-year experiment will survive. We continue to fight moral and physical battles, and have stumbled on both counts. Much rides on the outcome of our way forward, and the subsequent train of consequences demands that every day be bathed in prayer. We must recognize the need to commit our government and our nation to the holy protection and blessings of the Most high.
PLEASE BATHE OUR GOVERNMENT, ITS LEADERS, AND OUR NATION IN DAILY PRAYER. An important train of consequences follows each decision, and our solemn prayers stand as the only thing that can truly make a difference.