July 8th – Saturday

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts our fear. – 1 John 4:18

Jonathan Edwards, a 28-year-old theologian at the time, preached a well-known sermon in Boston, Massachusetts, on this day in 1731, called the “Public Lecture.” It was his first sermon to be printed and the title was formally changed to “God Glorified in Man’s Dependence” when it was published. Edwards’ sermon held significance because it represented the First Great Awakening, an era of religious and intellectual revival during the 1730s and 1740s, which impacted the growth of the United States. This sermon stated that humans must rely on God and His grace instead of human knowledge, wisdom, and strength. The message became a foundation of religious thought within the nation. Revival began and, in 1735, spread across the Connecticut River Valley and into New Jersey. Edwards’ leadership role eventually expanded across the Atlantic into England and Scotland. As you pray for governing officials today, ask the Lord to work through you to impact your sphere of influence.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Chaplain Barry Black of the Senate as he prays and serves in the upper legislative chamber.
  • For Chaplain Margaret Kibben as she serves in the House of Representatives.

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