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July 5th, 2015 at 12:01 am

Pray for USA

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The first colonists to settle in New England dared to face an unknown and uncertain future in the “New World” because of severe persecution in England. They fled to Holland, then made arrangements tosail to America. Slowed by rough winter storms in the Atlantic, they arrived 66 days later off the coast of what is now New England in November of 1620.

One Hundred and Fifty Six years later, thirteen colonies were still under the rule of the King of England. Complaints of unfair “taxation without representation” only brought increased demands on the colonies. The result:

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June byRichard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule.[5][6] After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.[7]

Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.[8]

[Source of the above quote: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Independence_Day /(United_States)]

July 4th was made a federal holiday in 1870, which Americans continue to honor year after year with celebrations, parades, picnics, reunions and fireworks. But our nation has greatly changed in its worship of God, moral values, integrity and trust in government over the last century. We have much more to say on this subject.

We are desperately in need of humbling ourselves in prayer and in seeking God’s face, since He has promised, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles. 7:14).

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