The 2021 National Day of Prayer celebrated it's 70th commemoration across the United States. For the first time since it's inception, prayer was not regarded from the highest office in the land. The disregard did not stop the people of God from praying, and the Capitol received prayer, nonetheless. Across the nation, upon courthouse steps and city gathering places, the remnant people of God lifted their voices in one accord. Formatted according to the direction of each NDP Facilitator, the focus of love, life, and liberty rang out. Some regarded categories of influence within the theme. The area of education was a topic requested of me to cover. Below is the prayer, please consider adding your agreement at the close.
To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; To give prudence to the [a]naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:1-7
My son, do not forget My teaching, but let your heart keep My commandments, for length of days, and years of life; and peace, they will add to you. Proverbs 3:1-2
Hear, O sons, the instruction of a Father, and give attention, that you may gain understanding; for I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon My instruction. Proverbs 4:1
Father, the seed of our Nation was embedded into our land through Covenant; as the wayfarers of 1620 dedicated our shores to the cause of the Gospel of the Kingdom via the Mayflower Compact. Our founding acknowledged You as Source and Owner of land and livelihood contained therein.
We remember today that as each colony began to take up state constitutions, they declared an acute awareness that statehood was intricately entwined with dependence upon Your precepts. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut stand as example to this, as their charter read in part:
“well knowing, that when a people are gathered together, the Word of God requires to [maintain] the peace and union of such a people, there should be an orderly and decent government established according to God.”
Among the earliest days of our nation arose an educational premise built upon the Covenant foundation of our nation: the peoples were taught and adhered to Your Word as a light to their path, and a boundary to be governed by. Indeed, education began with Your Word, teaching the youngest, with the New England Primer, principles set out from Your Scripture. Elementary training produced education from Your Word raised up great statesmen. College admissions requirements demanded a student be able to translate the New Testament from Greek language.
America’s top five learning institutions: Harvard; William & Mary; Yale; Princeton University, and Columbia University all regarded Your Law as key to train up individuals of highest character. Secondary education was in place specifically to place governmental leaders who would govern according to Your righteousness. Indeed, the Founding Fathers saw education as a key to moral living and wanted public instruction to convey Christian tenets.
“The only foundation for useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this, there can be no virtue, and without virtue, there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. - Dr Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Father, our nation has fallen from our Covenant agreement in this wise. We again lift our voice in repentance! We call our abandonment of Your Instruction in our learning institutions a breach of faithfulness to You. Forgive our sin. Heal us, in this wise, O Lord! Heal us!
We ask that You honor the prayers of Your remnant people, and send forth the Repairer of the Breach! May the New Covenant not only wash us of the iniquity of turning away from Your instruction; may it also Revive us again! We ask for a groundswell of Reformation to rise among the people! We ask that honor of Your Word be restored! May Your Word again become a bedrock to our families, and therefore, our schools. May Your Word become the foundation upon which instruction is released once again, and raise up statesmen and business leaders who are trained thereby! Let the very fabric of learning re-form our nation again, by a return to Covenant Faithfulness. May instruction be released from the mouth of Wisdom to the American people anew. Then may we, as King Josiah of old, when he discovered the document of the Covenant, take a stand for Your Ways once again, without wavering.
Then the king (Josiah) stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant. 2 Kings 23:3