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Mike da Tigah
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Today is National Prayer Day


In honor of the National Day of Prayer today, I thought perhaps some might appreciate this little bit of history surrounding this, begun in 1775 under the Continental Congress in prayer for our new fledgling nation.


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Called the "Chief Architect of the Constitution," he wrote many of the Federalist Papers which helped convince States to ratify the Constitution.

He introduced the First Amendment in the first session of Congress.

This was James Madison, born MARCH 16, 1751.

At the onset of the War of 1812, President James Madison proclaimed a Day of
Prayer, July 9, 1812, stating:

"I do therefore recommend...rendering the Sovereign of the Universe...public homage...acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke His divine displeasure...seeking His merciful forgiveness...

and with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion, to do to others as they would require that others should do to them."

alled the "Chief Architect of the Constitution," he wrote many of the Federalist Papers which helped convince States to ratify the Constitution.

He introduced the First Amendment in the first session of Congress.



This was James Madison, born MARCH 16, 1751.

At the onset of the War of 1812, President James Madison proclaimed a Day of
Prayer, July 9, 1812, stating:

"I do therefore recommend...rendering the Sovereign of the Universe...public homage...acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke His divine displeasure...seeking His merciful forgiveness...

and with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion, to do to others as they would require that others should do to them."

The next year, on July 23, 1813, Madison issued another Day of Prayer, referring to:

"religion, that gift of Heaven for the good of man."





Beginning with the French Revolution in 1789, Napoleon gained prominence with his military prowess till he controlled most of Europe.

In 1805, Napoleon's navy was defeated at the Battle of Trafalgar, giving Britain mastery of the seas.

In 1812, Napoleon invaded Russia with nearly 500,000 men, and six month later left Russia with less than 50,000.

Napoleon abdicated, April 6, 1814, and was exiled to the Island of Elba.

This freed up British forces, which were sent to control Lake Eire and invade New York, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.

On August 24, 1814, a force of 4,500 British soldiers marched toward Washington, D.C.

In a panic, citizens hastily evacuated. Dolly Madison is credited with saving the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington by having it cut out of its frame.

Her carriage was riding out of the city as British Admiral George Cockburn was riding in.

Admiral Cockburn entered the White House, ate dinner, then set it on fire.

He had British soldiers sit in the Congressmen's chairs and hold a mock Congress.


When he asked who was in favor of burning the Capitol, they yelled, "aye," and proceeded to torch the Capitol, the Treasury, the Patent Office, the Library of Congress and the Navy Yard.

Suddenly, dark clouds rolled in, wind and thunder grew into a "frightening roar," and lightning began striking.

A tornado touched down sending debris flying, blowing off roofs, knocking down chimneys and walls on British troops.

Two cannons were lifted off the ground and dropped yards away. Violent winds slammed both horse and rider to the ground.



The book, Washington Weather, recorded British Admiral George Cockburn exclaiming to a lady:

"Great God, Madam! Is this the kind of storm to which you are
accustomed in this infernal country?"

To which the lady replied:

"No, Sir, this is a special interposition of Providence to drive our enemies from our city."

A British historian wrote:

"More British soldiers were killed by this stroke of nature than from all the firearms the American troops had mustered in the feeble defense of their city."



As British forces fled, torrential rains fell for two hours, extinguishing the fires.

They marched back to their ships with difficulty on roads covered with downed trees only to find two ships blown ashore and others with damaged riggings.



On September 1, 1814, Madison wrote:

"The enemy by a sudden incursion has succeeded in invading the capitol of the nation...During their possession... though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices...

An occasion which appeals so forcibly to the...patriotic devotion of the American people, none will forget...

Independence...is now to be maintained...with the strength and resources which...Heaven has blessed."



Less than 3 months later, Madison proclaimed a National Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting & Prayer to Almighty God on November 16, 1814, stating:

"The two Houses of the National Legislature having by a joint resolution expressed their desire that in the present time of public calamity and war, a day may be recommended to be observed by the people of the United States

as a day of public humiliation and fasting and of prayer to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace...of confessing their sins and transgressions, and of strengthening their vows of repentance...

that He would be graciously pleased to pardon all their offenses...I have deemed it proper...to recommend...a day of...humble adoration to the Great Sovereign of the Universe."

Two weeks after the War ended, Madison proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving & Devout Acknowledgment to Almighty God, March 4, 1815.


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Much more on this and more on the history of American and prayer and faith



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Mike da Tigah
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The Star Spangled Banner

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Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!












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Mike da Tigah
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The hand of providence at work in New Orleans

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Though the War of 1812 was effectively over two weeks earlier with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, December 24, 1814, news had not yet reached New Orleans.
On January 8, 1815, in the last battle of the War of 1812, nearly 10,000 British soldiers advanced under cover of darkness and heavy fog, intending to surprise General Andrew Jackson's Tennessee and Kentucky sharpshooters, aided by French pirate Jean Lafitte and his men.

As the British neared, the fog suddenly lifted and in just a half hour 2,042 British were killed or wounded, while there were only 71 American casualties.


General Andrew Jackson wrote on January 26, 1815, to Robert Hays regarding the victorious Battle of New Orleans:

"It appears that the unerring hand of Providence shielded my men from the shower of balls, bombs, and rockets, when every ball and bomb from our guns carried with them a mission of death."

General Jackson told his aide-de-camp Major Davezac of his confidence before the Battle:

"I was sure of success, for I knew that God would not give me previsions of disaster, but signs of victory. He said this ditch can never be passed. It cannot be done."

Andrew Jackson wrote to Secretary of War James Monroe, February 17, 1815:

"Heaven, to be sure, has interposed most wonderfully in our behalf, and I am filled with gratitude, when I look back to what we have escaped."

The Treaty of Ghent was ratified by the U.S. Senate, February 16, 1815.

All British troops were immediately brought back to Europe as Napoleon had escaped from the Island of Elba, February 26, 1815.

For one hundred days, events in Europe cascaded toward the massive Battle of Waterloo.









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Thank you for sharing with us.





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kizomich
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I guess the British were praying wrong.





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Mike da Tigah
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This is as true today as it was in 1812, 1775, or any date previous IMO...


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If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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



Nothing could be more apropos for today's America...








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Please dear Lord, Heavenly Father Lord, lay your hand upon us, guide us, protect us and lead us where you would have us go. May your mighty and moving Holy Spirit stay with us and keep us.

In Jesus name.






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+1





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Let us observe National Prayer Day with a minute of no posts on the PT.





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Mike da Tigah
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Amen Munch








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