Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July - #1916 - Prayerful Independence - Vantage Point Devotional

The faith of America's forefathers echoes from a not so distant past. A young John Hancock's hope for his country was its independence from Great Britain. His desire as President of the Continental Congress was finally realized on July 2, 1776 when the colonies voted on a resolution declaring their independence. Two days later, the Declaration of Independence was officially ratified by the Continental Congress, and the United Colonies of America became the United States of America. Earlier, Hancock's Congress invoked the aid of God in this moral cause for independence, calling for a "Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer" on July 20, 1775, urging citizens to "confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease [God's] righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness."  Just as God commended the faithful of Israel, surely He has done so for America's forefathers. Pray sincerely and in the same faith-filled spirit of yesterday's leaders for this land and the freedoms you enjoy on this Independence Day.
Recommended Reading: Hebrews 11:13-16, 32-39

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