August 18th – Friday

Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil. – 1 Kings 3:9

The 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, also known as women’s suffrage, was ratified on this day in 1920. Congress had passed the measure the year before, which had then gone to the states for ratification. This national movement began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Thereafter, voting rights became the primary goal of the women’s rights movement. Although the ratification of the amendment was a significant victory, it did not guarantee full suffrage for women. In spite of their efforts, women of color were still unable to vote due to local laws, poll taxes, and other restrictions. More than forty years passed before all women finally achieved voting equality. As you pray today, ask the Lord to work His will in the hearts of those who draft, introduce, and legislate policies.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For members of Congress to seek God’s guidance in their work both in their states and in Washington, D.C.
  • That the president and his Cabinet officials would receive understanding from the Lord and choose what is good over evil.

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