June 17th – Saturday

God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. – Numbers 23:19

The British army defeated American troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill 248 years ago today. The previous day, the Battles of Lexington and Concord had started the Revolutionary War. Under the leadership of Major General William Howe and Brigadier General Robert Pigot, approximately 2,200 British soldiers arrived on the Charlestown Peninsula and marched to Breed’s Hill, where the fighting transpired. As the British army advanced, American Colonel William Prescott told his men to only shoot when they had a guaranteed shot to preserve their limited ammunition. Upon seeing British forces, the Continental Army released a barrage of fire, which caused the British to initially retreat. The British regrouped, reset their military lines, then attacked the low-ammunition and low-artillery colonial infantry, forcing them to retreat. Though the Americans lost this battle, 50 years later, on June 17, 1825, the foundation was laid for the Bunker Hill Monument to honor those who died.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Secretary Lloyd Austin to seek God’s direction as he heads the Defense Department.
  • For prudence for U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth as she heads her branch of the U.S. military.
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