Psalm 35:27-28 “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favor my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.”
In addition to Duché’s prayer on September 7th, 1774, the First Continental Congress spent time on that day reading the 35th Psalm. John Adams wrote the following to his wife about the impact of prayer and Bible reading as the First Continental Congress began its important role in colonial governance: “I never saw a greater Effect upon an Audience. It seemed as if Heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on that Morning.” Regarding the time of prayer and Bible reading, he went on to write: “it has had an excellent Effect upon every Body here.”
The impact of prayer on those responsible for governing can be magnificent. While we may be a long way from true prayer and Bible reading in our present-day national assembly, it need not be the case among Christian citizens that we fail to do so on their behalf. Those who govern need a God-given “excellent Effect” upon their important role. It is the only way that their actions representing us will “let the LORD be magnified.” PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CITIZENS WOULD PROVIDE INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOR OUR LEADERS UNTIL THEY RECOGNIZE THEIR NEED TO PRAY THEMSELVES. We need excellence in our government, and must pray that God will give it to us.