For those who will tell you that the founding fathers never wanted God (let alone Christianity) to be a part of
government life, here's yet another prime example of that untruth. It is the first prayer uttered in Congress. John Adams and Silas Deane
were in attendance as the Rev. Jacob Duché opened the Continental Congress. It tells of a people who fled from oppression
and wanted dependence upon God to help build this nation!
September 7th, 1774
Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia
O Lord, our Heavenly Father, High and mighty King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth
and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments:
Look down in mercy we beseech Thee, on these American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of oppression, and thrown themselves on Thy gracious
protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on Thee, they have appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for
that countenance and support which Thou alone canst give; take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council
and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and if they
persist in their sanguinary purpose, O, Let the voice of Thy own enerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war
from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
Be Thou present, O God of wisdom and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation.
That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; the order, harmony and peace may be effectively restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety
prevail and florish among Thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them, and the millions they here
represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seeth expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come.
All this we ask in the name and through the merits of
JESUS CHRIST, THY SON, OUR SAVIOR.
-Rev. Jacob Duché
Read more about Duché at Wikipedia