In 1619, our first governing body in the New World, the House of Burgesses, was known to have started my meeting at church to pray and ask God for wisdom, insight, vision, and blessing upon our nation. Furthermore, in 1621 when they adopted the new Constitution they dedicated that Constitution to the “honor and service of God and the enlargement of His Kingdom”.
The Virginia House of Burgesses is noted to call the colonies to pray and fast in times of crisis just as exemplified in the Bible. On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer as American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene when the British closed the harbor at Boston. Here is the text of the Resolution:
Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer for Boston
(June 1, 1774)
The impending closure of Boston’s port prompted, the House of Burgesseses to pass the following resolution:
“Being deeply impressed with apprehension of the great dangers, to be derived to british America, from the hostile Invasion of the City of Boston, in our Sister Colony of Massachusetts bay, whose commerce and harbour are, on the first Day of June next, to be stopped by an Armed force, deem it highly necessary that the said first day of June be set apart, by the members of this House as a day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer, devoutly to implore the divine interposition, for averting the heavy Calamity which threatens destruction to our Civil Rights, and the Evils of civil War; to give us one heart and one Mind firmly to appose, by all just and proper means, every injury to American Rights; and that the Minds of his Majesty and his Parliament, may be inspired from above with Wisdom, Moderation, and Justice, to remove from the loyal People of America all cause of danger, from a continued pursuit of Measures, pregnant with their ruin.
Ordered, therefore that the Members of this House do attend in their Places, at the hour of Ten in the forenoon, on the said first day of June next, in Order to proceed with the Speaker, and the Mace, to the Church in this City, for the purposes aforesaid; and that the Reverend Mr. Price be appointed to read Prayers, and the Reverend Mr. Gwatkin, to preach a Sermon, suitable to the Occasion”
Other Presidents to follow in their footsteps include: