The First Official Prayer


I am sending this in honor of National Day of Prayer this Thursday, May 7, 2020

On September 7, 1774, the Continental Congress held its first official meeting in Philadelphia.  Their first official act was prayer.  It wasn’t some perfunctory prayer, it was a good old-fashioned prayer meeting.  Our founding fathers prayed with fervency and intensity.  Eyewitnesses said Henry, Randolph, Rutledge, Lee and Jay were doubled over as they bowed in reverence before God.  John Adams later recounted that it “has had an excellent effect upon everybody here.”  General George Washington ended up on his knees.  They prayed like it depended on God because they knew it did.

The pastor who led in prayer was Dr. Jacob Douche.  The Scripture he turned to was Psalm 35.  Here is his prayer:

“O Lord, our heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all dwellers on the 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. . .

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly. . . Shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seeist 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.   Amen”

Copied from Draw the Circle, by Mark Batterson