December 18th – Monday

Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost? – Luke 14:28

Happy… Thanksgiving? While we typically celebrate this holiday of gratefulness in November, the very first federal celebration took place on this date in 1777. The Second Continental Congress proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to celebrate the victory at the Battle of Saratoga in York County, Pennsylvania. President Washington issued a proclamation for the occasion saying “It is the duty of all nations of acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.” While the U.S. government has established an official Thanksgiving holiday, it is vital to your spiritual life to continue to thank the Lord each day for all the blessings He has bestowed. As you lift your gratitude to Him, intercede for governing officials to recognize God’s goodness and give Him thanks.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For U.S. decision makers to be led by the Lord as they determine priorities and policies for the nation.
  • For judges in the federal judiciary as they hear challenges to law that would infringe upon the freedom of religion.
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