First Prayer of the Continental Congress, 1774

     All the devotionals I have written dating back to 1997, I have written myself.  Many I drew upon a single thought in either a sermon I had heard or from a thought in an article and built my devotional around that single thought. However, for this devotional, these few words I have written here and a very brief prayer at the end, is all I lay claim to.
     August 7, 1774, the Continental Congress, meeting in Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia, appointed the Rev. Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church to lead them in the first prayer to be offered up for the fledgling nation seeking it's independence from England.
     The first thing Rev. Duché did was read Psalm 35, and then prayed. So, please now get your Bibles and read this Psalm. It is too lengthy for me to attempt to type in this space. Then read Rev. Duché's prayer. In that way, the connection will be more meaningful to each one reading.
     It is my prayer, in view of all of the far east religions that are now in the United States, and other religions that are also contrary to the Holy Bible, that this will be passed on to many other Americans across the expanse of our beloved land. We are in a dire need of a national revival returning America back to the Holy Bible and the Constitution of the United States.
                                     Now please read - PSALM 35 - then the prayer.


                                          Prayer in the Continental Congress, A.D. 1774

     O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle! 

     Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.


Reverend Jacob Duché
Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.


     Dear God, please save the United States of America from our past, present and future mistakes while drawing us, as a nation, as well as individuals, back to you, is my prayer.

 Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don  



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