National Day of Prayer

Prayer has been a powerful, long lasting belief of our Forefathers and of the people of our Country!

Whether or not a “day of prayer” is nationally recognized by today’s “leaders”, it will always be A WAY OF LIFE for those that truly understand the beginnings of this nation and the favor and grace that have been bestowed to this great nation by our loving Father and Creator.  Prayer is the language that the Lord has blessed His people with to communicate and to receive guidance and wisdom.  The fact that this nation is questioning one day of recognizing the importance of prayer shows us that WE THE PEOPLE need to stand strong in these days and pray for our nation and leaders EVERY DAY!

Let us reflect on some of the days and  words from our founding fathers in regards to the importance of prayer and this nation:

April 15, 1775 John Hancock: A Day of Pubic Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

“…to confess the sins…to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgressions…and a blessing on the Husbandry, Manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed….And that AMERICA may soon behold a gracious Interposition of Heaven.”

March 16th, 1776 Continental Congress: Appointed Day of Fasting and Prayer for Colonies

“The Congress….Desirous…to have people of all ranks and degrees duly impressed with a solemn sense of God’s superintending providence, and of their duty, devoutly to rely…on his aid and direction…”

July 9, 1776 Continental Congress: Ringing of the “Liberty Bell” to establish prayer as a daily part of the new nation.

IT’S TIME TO RING THE BELL AGAIN!!!

March 6th 1799 President John Adams: Day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

“That they call to mind our numerous offenses against the most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore his pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to his righteous requisitions in time to come.”

October 18th, 1780 Continental Congress: Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer

“That all the people may assemble on that day to celebrate the praises of our Divine Benefactor; to confess our unworthiness of the least of his favours, and to offer our fervent supplications to the God of all grace…to cause the knowledge of Christianity to spread over all the earth.”

March 4, 1805 Thomas Jefferson: A National Prayer for Peace

“…Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindred’s and tongues.  Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.  In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

September 26, 1861 Abraham Lincoln: National Day of Prayer and Fasting

“…It is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this terrible visitation, and in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes as a nation and as individuals, to humble ourselves before Him and to pray for His mercy…that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored.”

March 30, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation Appointing a National Fast day

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.  We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”

January 25, 1988 Congress of United States: National Day of Prayer

“Let us, young and old, join together, as did the First Continental Congress, in the first step-humble, heartfelt prayer.  Let us do so for the Love of God and His great goodness, in search of His guidance and the grace of repentance, in seeking His blessings, His peace, and the resting of His kind and holy hands on ourselves, our Nation, our friends in the defense of freedom, and all mankind, now and always.” President Reagan

“From General Washington’s struggle at Valley Forge to the present, this Nation has fervently sought and received divine guidance as it pursued the course of history. This occasion provides our Nation with an opportunity to further recognize the source of our blessings, and to seek His help for the challenges we face today and in the future.” President Reagan

We have been called to these days, FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS! May the wrongs of this nation drive us to our knees in prayer for the Will of the Father to be established here on earth as it is in heaven.  One voice, one heart, one spirit; crying out to the Father for His LOVE to breakout and for His LIGHT to breakthrough!

Thanks for reading,

Patrick Judah


p.s. Other related articles:

 

http://nationaldayofprayer.org/ ,

http://nationaldayofprayer.org/about/history/

Sources: America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia Of Quotations, Wikipedia

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Happy Birthday George Washington!

George Washington, a man full of mystery.  There are many “legends” surrounding our first President of this great nation.  Did he really have four bullet holes in his coat and have two horses shot from underneath him during an attack in the French and Indian War?  Did a chief Indian come up to him 15 years later stating that he and his men fired at him 17 times during that attack but could not hit him…then prophecy that he would “become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire.”? Did he really “pray” in the winter of 1777 at Valley Forge to the Almighty? Did he also receive a “vision” from an angel about the future of America?  Did he even believe in God?  Well, I’ll let you guys look into that.

In my research and study of our first President of the United States, I found it unbelievable how many people have written George Washington off as just another great leader with no belief or faith in the ONE TRUE GOD!  Now, I know it is easy for HISTORY to be changed by those that research it and write it how they want it to sound.  So, instead of listening to those “historians” I am simply going to quote the “Father of our Country” and those that knew him well.

Nelly Custis Lewis (George Washington’s step granddaughter) shared that,

“His life, his writings, prove that he was a Christian. He was not one of those who act or pray, “That they may be seen of men.” He communed with his God in secret.” In response to Jared Sparks, the author of “The Life of Washington”.

Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee described George Washington as:

“First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding; his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting…Correct throughout, vice shuddered in his presence and virtue always felt his fostering hand. The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues…Such was the man for whom our nation mourns.”

George Washington himself said that, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington, being the first President inaugurated under the Constitution, took oath of office with his hand on a Bible that was opened to Deuteronomy 28 . At the end of his oath he said, “So help me God” and leaned over and kissed the Bible.

Then Washington said in a portion of his Inaugural Address, “It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, [and] who presides in the councils of nations…no people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.  Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency… We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…”

On October 3, 1789 George Washington issued a national day of Thanksgiving Proclamation stating, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God…Also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws…to promote the knowledge and practice of the true religion and virtue…”

So from these words directly from the man himself, in my research and in my “freedom of speech”, can truly say that George Washington was a man of God and a man for God.

Be encouraged:
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” But “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” George Washington


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Happy Birthday Abraham No Middle Name Lincoln!!!

So here’s a brief overview of Lincoln’s beginnings: Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in a one room log cabin in Kentucky, Illinois. His parents, Thomas and Nancy, were farmers.  His mother passed away when he was nine and shortly after his father remarried. Lincoln was known for his height, telling stories, wrestling, and wielding an axe. But in search for something greater he ended up leaving home at 22.  Lincoln got his share of odd jobs and was even the Captain of a voluntary company in the Black Hawk war.  Things started to look up for Lincoln as he was elected to the state legislature in 1834 and soon after he received his license to practice law. By 1838 he was elected for the third time to the legislature.  Did I mention that he only had 18 months of schooling?

Then by 1842 Abraham Lincoln was married to Mary Todd.  They had four children: Robert, Edward, William, and Thomas. Unfortunately Robert was the only child to live to adulthood.  It was said that Abraham loved children, and the loss of his sons was very hard for him to endure.  Abraham Lincoln was elected as the Unites States President in 1860 and inaugurated March 4th 1861, thus the beginning of the Civil War. President Lincoln was re-elected for a second term in 1864 and the war ended April 9, 1865.  Of course 5 days after the freeing of millions of slaves, Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater.

So now that you have a rough background of our 16th President, I would like to share some quotes from him that he addressed, that I believe still stand true today!

First I would like to state that Lincoln was voted in as President in a time when slavery was huge in the US and it was considered “normal”.  Lincoln’s stance from the beginning was strongly against slavery and yet he was still elected President.  I do believe God had raised him up for this time in history.  Lincoln was uneducated and a very unlikely candidate, with a message that angered many men.  His whole time in office was challenged with the Civil War, and yet he did not back down on his beliefs.  Because of his moral stance, he was able to weather the storm and live to see the day of the freeing of millions of slaves!

In a speech at Edwardsville, Illinois:

“Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them.  Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”

Regardless of what some might say it obvious that Abraham Lincoln was a man of Faith who put His trust in the Lord.  Here are some words exchanged from Lincoln to his pastor, Rev. Byron Sunderland:

“ The ways of God are mysterious and profound beyond all comprehension-“Who by searching can find Him out?”  God only knows the issue of this business.  He has destroyed nations from the map of history for their sins.  Nevertheless, my hopes prevail generally above my fears for our Republic.  The times are dark, the spirits of ruin are abroad in all their power, and the mercy of God alone can save us.”

On March 30, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued a historic Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day:

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord…”


I know that today, in America, there is a new breed of slavery that has been rising up.  It has been creeping its way into many US cities.  This is a business for many men and has become a way of life for many innocent women.  It is known as HUMAN TRAFFICKING.  From the past shared here through the story of Lincoln, we know how horrific this issue of slavery can be on a nation.  Lincoln even stated that the Civil War was a punishment in itself for the sins of the nation.  He said, “And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisement in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?”

Thankfully there has been a move against this “modern day slavery” that has brought awareness to our nation and others.  But we the people need to take the stand and hold our ground until we see the freeing of millions of those that have been bought into human trafficking How can you help? I think Lincoln had it right by declaring a day of fasting and praying, so let’s start there. Then you can know the truth, take action, and raise awareness.

Here are some websites you can go to, to learn more about HUMAN TRAFFICKING

http://www.exoduscry.com/

http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/

For those of you that have more information on this issue of HUMAN TRAFFICKING please share!

(sources:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Abraham_Lincoln.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln

America’s God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations)

Thank you for reading!

Patrick Judah

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George Washington
Today marks the 220th Anniversary of “The Father of Our Country” taking office as our first President under the Union. Being the first President of this great Nation makes many wonder what kind of man George Washington was. Was he a Christian or did he read the Bible? I believe this quote from Washington’s adopted daughter; Nelly Custis-Lewis sums it up, “Is it necessary that any one should [ask], “Did General Washington avow himself to be a believer in Christianity?” As well may we question his patriotism, his heroic devotion to his country. His mottos were, “Deeds, not Words”; and, “For God and my Country. I know there are many other quotes and facts declaring that “The Father of Our Country” was saved by our Savior Jesus Christ. So with that being said it makes this “vision” that Washington received in 1777 all the more authentic, despite it’s controversy.

The Vision

“I do not know whether it is owing to the anxiety of my mind, or what, but this afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire into the cause of her presence. A second, a third, and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes. By this time I felt strange sentiments spreading through me. I would have risen, but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless, even thought itself had become paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor. Gradually, the surrounding atmosphere seemed as though becoming filled with sensations and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarify, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy, and yet more distinct to my sight than before. I now began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations which I have sometimes imagined accompany dissolution. I did not think, I did not reason, I did not move; all were alike impossible. I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion.

“Presently I heard a voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn,’ while at the same time my visitor extended her arm eastwardly. I now beheld a heavy white vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and I looked upon a strange scene. Before me lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries of the world — Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic, and between Asia and America lay the Pacific. ‘Son of the Republic,’ said the same mysterious voice as before, ‘look and learn.’

“At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being, like an angel floating in mid-air, between Europe and America, dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand. He sprinkled some upon America with his right hand, while with his left hand he cast some on Europe. Immediately a dark cloud raised from these countries and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it remained stationary, and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning passed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people.

“A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose heaving billows it sank from view. A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities springing up one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them. Again I heard the mysterious voice say, ‘Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn.’

“At this the dark, shadowy angel turned his face southward, and from Africa I saw an ill-omened spectre approach our land. It flitted slowly over every town and city. The inhabitants presently set themselves in battle array against each other. As I continued looking, I saw a bright angel, on whose brow rested a crown of light, on which was traced the word “Union,” bearing the American flag, which he placed between the divided nation, and said, ‘Remember ye are brethren.’ Instantly the inhabitants, casting from them their weapons, became friends once more and united around the National Standard.

“And again I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia, and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: from each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were joined into one. And throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America, which country was enveloped in the volume of the cloud. And I dimly saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns, and cities that I beheld were springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of swords, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ When the voice had ceased, the dark, shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth and blew a long and fearful blast.

“Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel, upon whose head still shone the word “Union,” and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens, attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well-nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle. Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious.

“Then once more I beheld the villages, towns, and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice, ‘While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last.’ And taking from his brow the crown on which was blazoned the word “Union,” he placed it upon the Standard, while the people, kneeling down, said, ‘Amen.’

“The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, ‘Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, passing which the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land, and the Union.’ With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat, and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States.”

“Such, my friends,” concluded the venerable narrator, “were the words I heard from General Washington’s own lips, and America will do well to profit by them.”


I will follow up shortly with some of my own feelings and thoughts on this “vision”.  In the mean time I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this.

Thank you,

Patrick Judah


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Thomas Jeferson

The principles of Jefferson are the axioms of a free society.” Abraham Lincoln

This site is dedicated to history makers, writers, founders, and forerunners. Today marks the birthday of a gentleman who was all of that and more. So let’s give honor and respect to one of our great American founders; Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson was a Governor, the first United States Secretary of State, the second Vice President, and the third President of the United States of America. He also was a founder/author of the, Declaration of Independence and a forerunner for religious freedom.

Today marks the 266th birthday of this American Hero; sadly it also marks a day that has lost what was so hard fought for by him and many others. He once said, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. ”, I believe we are in that time; unfortunately that’s just how, “we the people” have let history run it’s course. What if Thomas Jefferson kept his mouth shut in the pivotal age that he was in? No, he was too genius for that, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” is what he said. This tells us that today, in the midst of this tyranny and corruption we must speak the truth to bring history back into the hands of the just. Thomas Jefferson said, “History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.” It’s apparent that we are in an appalling part of history; the perfect time to rise up, speak life, grab the wheel, and bring this nation back to the, “home of the brave, land of the free!” Not for our own sake, but so that the Lord may look upon us again as a nation of believers that are deserving of His favor and protection.

Know your freedoms and the foundation that you stand on! I encourage you all to do your research on this remarkable history maker.

Patrick Judah


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