As we celebrate the long-awaited reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, we know the real battle has just begun, winning back sanctuary cities and states that say abortion is fine. This prayer seems right as we join together to take back our nation once again.
“O Lord our heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings and Lord of lords, who from your throne beholds all the inhabitants of the earth and reigns with supreme and unchecked power over all kingdoms, empires and governments; look with mercy, we beseech you, our American States, which have fled to you from the rod of the oppressor and have thrown themselves on your gracious protection, desiring henceforth to depend only on you. To you they appealed for the justice of their cause; it is to You that they now seek that face and support that only You can give. Take them therefore, heavenly Father, under your watchful care; give them wisdom in counsel and valor in the field; vanquish the malevolent designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the injustice of their cause and if they persist in their bloodthirsty designs, of their own infallible justice, resounding in their hearts, compel them to drop the weapons of war from their enraged hands in the day of battle !
Be present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; allow them to settle things on the best and surest basis. Let the blood scene be quickly closed; may order, harmony and peace be effectively restored, and may truth and justice, religion and piety reign and flourish among the people. Keep their bodies healthy and their minds strong; rain upon them and upon the millions they represent here, such temporal blessings as You deem expedient for them in this world and crown them with eternal glory in the world to come. We ask you all this in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, your Son and our Saviour. Amen.”
Source: “First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774” US House of Representatives website, Office of the Chaplain, last accessed November 1, 2016.
Comment: At the suggestion of Samuel Adams, the Reverend Jacob Duchy, rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, delivered the opening prayer for the Continental Congress on September 7, 1774, at 9 a.m. Joseph Warren, via express letters, followed events closely and sought advice from his friend and political mentor Samuel Adams. Warren deemed the Duchy’s address important enough to signal religious tolerance toward patriotic Anglicans, that he published it in the Boston press.