December 17th – Sunday

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. Matthew 13:44

The United States’ relationship with the Chinese people was one of the examples of racial discrimination over the course of the nation’s development. When Chinese immigrants began arriving en masse in the late 1800s, President Chester Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, prohibiting the acceptance of all Chinese workers as official U.S. immigrants. This is the only U.S. law ever passed to prevent the immigration of a specific nationality, and it was renewed and strengthened well into the 1900s. However, on this day in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Magnuson Act, which repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act and allowed Chinese migrants to become U.S. citizens. As you pray for the president and governing officials today, ask the Lord to show you any areas in your life that do not reflect His love for all people.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For the president and his administration as they seek to remove discriminatory practices from government and society.
  • For senators and representatives as they consider legislation that addresses civil rights and equality.
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