January 9th – Monday

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14

On this day in 1861, the very first shots of the U.S. Civil War were fired. The Union had hired the merchant ship The Star of the West to deliver supplies to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Cadets from the military college The Citadel fired at The Star of the West, causing the ship to flee. The war would not formally begin until April 12 of that year, when Confederate troops began an assault on the fort. Confederate forces later captured The Star of the West, utilizing it as a naval station, a hospital ship, and then a blockade runner. Finally, the ship was scuttled by the Confederates during a battle on the Tallahatchie River. As you consider the war that was fought to abolish slavery in this country, consider the lengths to which the Lord went to set you free from sin and death. Pray today for public officials to know Him.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • That the president and his administration would be thoughtful and discerning in their words and their actions.
  • For U.S. governing officials at all levels to recognize the Lord as King and Master of the universe.

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