February 2nd – Thursday

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. – Philippians 2:13

On this day in 1848, the Mexican War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The war began over the United States annexing Texas in 1846. President James Polk sent Major General Zachary Taylor to occupy the region between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers. After Mexican forces attacked the U.S. contingent, Congress passed a declaration of war against Mexico. The capture of Mexico City by General Winfield Scott in September 1847 brought the fighting to a halt. The peace agreement then settled the southwestern boundaries of the United States and affirmed Texas as U.S. property. The U.S. purchased 525,000 square miles of territory from Mexico for $15 million, areas that would become California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and regions of Colorado and Wyoming.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For wisdom for the president and his administration as they seek to negotiate agreements with other nations.
  • For the secretary of state and U.S. diplomats to look to the Lord for discernment as they advance U.S. foreign policy.

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