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I love this great man’s words and heart; so inspiring to read!

 

President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789

 

A) Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

B) Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be;

c) that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war;

d) for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;

e) for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

f) And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually;

g) to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed;

h) to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord;

i) to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

J) Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

 

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The Forgiveness Prayer

The Forgiveness Prayer

I write this sample prayer because I know how much people struggle in the area of forgiving others – and because of how urgent it is to walk free from bitterness.

Moreover, living with an unforgiving spirit results in living in torment, as the verses within the prayer will show.

Here is the prayer:

“Heavenly Father, Your Word tells me from none other than Jesus’ parable on forgiveness that if I refuse to forgive others for their sins or offenses against me – and yet I want Your forgiveness for my own sins and offenses against You – that I must forgive or suffer the consequences (Mt. 18:21-35).

“That parable teaches me that when I refuse to forgive, I’m a hypocrite before you and others. It also warns me that I will live in torment and I don’t want to be guilty of hypocrisy nor do I want to live in torment.

“Your Word tells me that if I refuse to forgive others for their sins against me, You will not forgive my sins against You (Mt. 6:14-15)! I need Your forgiveness! Your Word also warns me that if I choose to live in bitterness, I will be “defiled” within (Heb. 12:15).

“And you tell me, Lord Jesus, that if I really love you, that love will be demonstrated in my obedience to You (John 14:21, 23-24).

“Finally, You teach me, Lord that I need to forgive as often as it takes, until I no longer need to forgive those who have offended me or who have sinned against me (Mt. 18:21-22)

“Therefore, by faith, I choose to forgive _____________________________ for sinning against me or for offending me.

“I bring _____________________________ before Your throne of grace and I release them to You and I refuse to be bitter, resentful, angry or judgmental of them any longer, in Jesus’ name.

“By Your grace, Father, I will continue to do this as long as it takes until the day comes when I’ll know that I no longer need to do this. As long as it takes! Obeying You and living in freedom is infinitely more important than holding onto this sin.

“Your grace is enough; Your love is enough and Your power is enough for me to walk in Your freedom rather than in my own bondage. Thank You for Your truth that sets me free!”

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