September 25: Solemn League & Covenant Ascribed (1643)
(1) . . . the preservation of the Reformed religion in the Church of England . . . [and} the reformation of religion in the kingdoms of England and Ireland . . according to the Word of God and the example of the best Reformed churches: And shall endeavor to bring the churches of God in the three kingdoms, to the nearest conjunction and uniformity of religion . . . .(2) . . . the extirpation of popery, prelacy, . . . superstition, heresy, schism, Profanity, and whatsoever shall be found to be contrary to sound doctrine and the power of godliness . . .(3) . . . [the] preservation and defense of the rights and privileges of the Parliaments, . . . the king's majesty's persons and authority, . . . the true religions and liberties of the kingdoms. . .(4) . . . this discovery of all such as have been, or shall be incendiaries, malignants, or evil instruments, by hindering the reformation of religion, dividing the king from his people, or one of the kingdoms from another, or making any fashion, or parties amongst the people contrary to this league and covenant . . .(5) . . . [the conjoining] in a firm peace and union to all posterity . . .(6) . . . [the assistance and defense of] all those that enter into this league and covenant . . . And [we] shall not suffer ourselves . . . to be divided and withdrawn from this blessed union. . .And because these kingdoms are guilty of many sins, and provocations against God, and his Son Jesus Christ . . . we profess and declare before God, and the world, our unfeigned desires to be humbled for our sins . . . to amend our lives, and each to go before another in the example of a real reformation, that the Lord may turn away his wrath . . . . Most humbly beseeching the Lord to strengthen us by His Holy Spirit . . . to the glory of God, the enlargement of the kingdom of Jesus Christ, and the peace and tranquility of the Christian kingdoms and commonwealths."
Moses in Deuteronomy 5:29 writes, "Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear Me and keep all My commands always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!" This is a worthy prayer to be prayed by all of God's people in any age. It is to be prayed for our families, our church families, and the citizens of our nation. Will you pray it today, this week, this month, and this year?