June 21st – Wednesday

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

On this day in 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution. Though it is geographically the fifth smallest state with the tenth least population in the U.S., the Granite State is known for its bold motto “Live Free or Die.” This motto came from a toast written by General John Stark for the anniversary of the American Revolution’s Battle of Bennington. The French Revolution had also adopted this motto and the poet William Wordsworth had written, “We must be free or die.“ It is believed that Patrick Henry was the originator of this concept of independence. In 1775, he gave his “Give me liberty or give me death“ speech before the Virginia colony’s legislature. As you pray for the president and governing officials today, reflect on the liberty that Christ died to provide for you.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For members of Congress to consider the liberties and rights of citizens as they vote on legislation.
  • For Supreme Court justices as they deliberate cases on civil rights and religious freedom.
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