August 14th – Monday

Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right. – Hosea 14:9

The U.S. Congress officially organized the Oregon Territory on this date in 1848. This territory encompassed the modern states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Wyoming and Montanna. Prior to its federal recognition, the territory was jointly managed by the U.S. and the United Kingdom. It gained national attention following the Lewis and Clark expedition which concluded at Fort Clatsop on the West Coast. From 1846 to 1869, about 400,000 American settlers looking to begin a new life in the Pacific North West traveled there via the Oregon Trail. Today, the United States still holds territories that have not yet been granted statehood, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As you reflect on this U.S. history, ask the Lord to show you any “territory” in your life that you have not yet turned over to Him!

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For members of Congress as they deliberate the merits of statehood for current U.S. territories.
  • For the president and secretary of the interior as they implement plans to steward federal lands.
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