The original Student Guidelines for Harvard (1636) stated, “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is to know eternal life (John 17:3) and, therefore, to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.” It continued with the admonition to seek God as the only source of wisdom, and then declared, “Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein.”
It’s tragically ironic that four of the five Supreme Court Justices who voted to redefine marriage hailed from Harvard Law School, including Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion. The first Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, John Jay (1745-1829), wrote, “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue, therefore, to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” (Faith in America, Steve Green, 2011, p. 3-5; Harvard.edu)
We can ask, “What if they had?” Yes, it is easy to place blame for America’s anemic and near-to-death spiritual condition on others; however, as believers, we must consider our own personal responsibility to “pray for our Nation” and to present ourselves ready to stand in the gap as God desires we do.
For this reason, in a season of preparation, we will begin a 40-day period of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation on July 22. The goal is to have at least one person committed to pray for each of the 40 days. You may join us by signing up in the Foyer or emailing me to reserve your date. We are not “publicizing” this list in order to call attention to anyone, rather to make sure we have someone praying every day of the 40 days. There will be a prayer guide in the Foyer to give some direction on what and who to pray for and to give some direction with regard to what we desire to accomplish. It begins with you, the individual.
Ezekiel, the Old Testament prophet to the exiles in Babylon, wrote the words of God in 22:30: “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…” The end of the verse speaks volumes, volumes we do not want to hear or experience. Look it up, prayerfully read it, and consider joining the CPTC family in this season of prayer and preparation “to stand.”