Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A Lesson from the House of Burgesses in Virginia
"After the Boston Tea Party, the British navy retaliated by blockading the port of Boston. The colonies surrounding Massachusetts responded with sympathy and action. On May 24, 1773, the House of Burgesses in Virginia proposed and approved a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer:
Teach me to fast, Lord, so that the discipline is all about You and only for Your glory."
First of all, if you are wondering who or what the "House of Burgesses in Virginia" was, you can click here.
However, the point of the devotional this morning was that these men set aside the first day in June to fast and pray for the following:
* That God would give them one heart and one mind. In other words, that they would be unified.
* That they would use this strong unity to oppose any injury to American rights and would act in a just and proper way when the time came.
For me, this was a picture of what we are to be doing. We see where our country is headed. We know how different people are responding to the different situations. We know that the next few years will define where our country will be for future generations. What are we doing?
I decided as soon as I read this in my devotions that I was going to set aside June 1, 2011 as a day that I would encourage my family, friends, and you my fellow blogging friends to use as a day to fast and pray for our great Country and the following:
* Our Leaders, especially those who oppose God and His laws, that they would see their need for Christ. And that God would foil the plans they have for our nation that will injure its citizens and further reduce our amount of freedoms and liberties.
*Those who already know Jesus as their personal Savior would have the courage to do what is right, come what may, because their faith is planted in God and His promises that "He wil never leave us nor forsake us" and that "we can do all things through Christ".
* That our nation would be united under God and would act in honorable and just ways that glorify God.
This prayer, just like those made on June 1, 1773 must be made with "humiliation." Our hearts need to be ready. We need to make sure that when we enter the presence of our loving Savior, we remember that we are also entering the presence of God, who will not tolerate any sin. If our hearts are not clean He will not hear us.
Please share this with others and get the word out. These men made the decision because they saw the critical condition their country was in.
Who will join me in this endeavor to pray for our nation and its future?
Matthew 18:20 ~ "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."
If you would like to join me on June 1, or would like to share this on your own blog. Please let me know in the comments.
"When God is going to do something wonderful, He begins with a difficulty. If it is going to be something very wonderful He begins with an impossibility." ~ Charles Inwood