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Prayer Regarding Broken Treaties and Standing in the Gap

This month’s prayer focus is about broken treaties and those who took a stand against the injustice.  Even though this is written out in two parts, they really do go hand-in-hand.  

BROKEN TREATIES

Historical References / Anniversaries:

Excerpt from Andrew Jackson’s State of the Union Address 12/8/29
http://stateoftheunion.onetwothree.net/texts/18291208.html

May 28, 1830 - Indian Removal Act
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/removal.htm

Indian Removal Act - Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Indian.html

May 17 1836 – Senate Approved New Echota Treaty by 1 vote
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-newnation/4548

May 23 1836 – New Echota Treaty ( 7 stat 478)
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/kappler/vol2/treaties/che0439.htm

May 23 1838 – Deadline of Forced Removal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_removal

Oklahoma Territory – History
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_Territory

Scriptural References:

Exodus 23:2; Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 16:18-20; Deuteronomy 27:19; Joshua 9:1-26; 2 Samuel 21:1-14; Psalm 10:17-18; Psalm 72:4; Malachi 2:17; Matthew 5:33-37; Matthew 23:23; James 5:12

Prayer Regarding Broken Treaties:

“Yahweh, Maker of heaven and earth and all that has breath, You clearly have taught us to be humble, to do justly and to love mercy.  You have instructed us to simply let our ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ be ‘no’.   Yet, we have made and have broken our oaths time and time again.  It has happened throughout centuries and throughout the world.  Your people live daily with the consequences of broken covenants.  Oh, how it must grieve Your heart.  How much more it must grieve your heart when your leaders, through power and influence, purposefully break treaties for gain.  In this month of May, you have brought it to our attention that law-makers will even make new laws to force others to break covenants.  They will even give people false authority to make decisions, so that covenants and laws enforcing them are fraudulent.  Father, your indigenous people of North America have been victims of broken covenants and fraudulent laws for centuries.  We ask that You will remember our indigenous people with mercy and grace.  Father, we pray that You will show your people, like You showed King David, of the broken treaties of our ancestors.  Through Your divine guidance, direct us into repentance.   Father, Your people are perishing every day from every kind of trouble and pestilence.  Out of Your great love and favor, show us the connections between ‘broken treaties’ and ‘famine’, as You did to David.  Merciful Father, as we remember history and the countless wrongs, forgive us for crying out “Where were You?”, “Why didn’t You?”, “Where are You?”  “How could You?”  Direct us in how we should pray.  Direct us in how we should listen.  Mold our hearts and correct our motives.  Bring about the healing of North America and all of it’s people.  Guide us out from under the bondage and curse.  Guide the governments out from under the bondage and curse.  Guide Your people into righteousness, peace and joy.  In Jesus holy Name, Amen.”


STANDING IN THE GAP

Historical References / Anniversaries

May 13, 1614: Juan de Onate
http://nmsantos.com/Statehood/Timeline/Timeline.html

“Juan de Oñate is judged guilty of 12 charges filed against him, which related to his administration of New Mexico. They included the unjust hanging of two Acomas, great severity in battle and trial against the Acoma people, adultery, swearing falsely, and others. He was banished for life from New Mexico, and for four years from Mexico City, and assessed large fine.” Kessell, Spain in the Southwest; Twitchell, Leading Facts, Vol. I

Juan de Onate - ( This website notes that he may have received a pardon before his death. http://www.answers.com/topic/juan-de-o-ate )

May 19 1830 – Davy Crockett Opposes Indian Removal Act
http://capitolwords.org/date/2012/01/24/E63-3_remarks-of-the-honorable-david-crockett/

Others who opposed Indian Removal Act
– Including Abe Lincoln & William Penn (Jeremiah Evarts)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Removal_Act

Debates over the Indian Removal Act
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/hlawquery.html

Search in the 21st Congress using the phrase "removal of the Indians" to locate Congressional debate on the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

For example:
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llrd&fileName=009/llrd009.db&recNum=333

Mr. Storrs Says:  "The papers before the House have convinced me that it is chiefly intended and expected to come in aid of the measures recently taken by the States along the southern line of the Union, for removing the Indian nations within their limits from the country which they now occupy; and finding a purpose so unjust to these people, and so mischievous to the reputation of the country, lurking under it, I cannot give it my countenance or support."

May 16, 1838 – Protest at Pennsylvania Hall includes Indian Issues
http://trilogy.brynmawr.edu/speccoll/quakersandslavery/commentary/organizations/pennsylvania_hall.php

Scripture References:

Isaiah 6:8; Ezekiel 22:30; Hosea 12:6; Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:7

"Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief]. Romans 12:15 (Amplified)
Romans Chapter 12 in Cherokee .

"Bear (endure, carry) one another's burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it]. Galatians 6:2 (Amplified)
Galatians Chapter 6 in Cherokee .

Prayer for Standing in the Gap

“Abba Father, Awesome Creator, thank You for giving your people supernatural courage, wisdom, humility, grace and a desire for justice.  Thank You for Your Great Holy Spirit Who guides our path.  In moments of great sorrow and injustice, You have faithfully called out to Your people and prompted them to speak truth.  There are many times throughout history when Your indigenous people have been wronged.  There are also many times when non-indigenous people of North America have wept, mourned and protested the injustices.  Thank You for the people who stand in the gap.  Thank You for the people who desire clean lips and who pray.  Thank You for the people who speak Your truth.  Father, just as we have learned that there were a lot more people standing the gap than we had thought, we pray that you will shine Your light on these instances over and over again.  Let the people of North America know of the atrocities and them know of the people who cried out against them.  Father, prosper the obedience and the prayers of those who went before us, who fought for justice.  Father, we ask that You will continue to rise up mighty warriors throughout North America to do Your will in promoting and pursuing justice for indigenous people.  Give Your people, who know You, love You and obey You, power and authority to stop injustice.   As you have preserved the names and speeches of those who spoke out against the injustices against indigenous people in the past, we pray that the names and words of today’s voices will be heard.  Make a path throughout the nation, in all kinds of media and venues, for those who speak Your words, to be heard.  May your indigenous people be renewed and encouraged.  Breathe life into your people, that they will not remain weary, but that they will rise up like eagles with a new hope.  Father, we pray You bring forth fruit of the obedience sewn in the past, and multiply that fruit in this generation, according to Your perfect will and good purpose.  In Jesus Name, Amen.”


Rev. Jeny RunningBrook
First Nations Monday Prayer Ministry
All Nations Fellowship Church
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PS:  As with the First Nations Monday prayer and Scripture studies, I like to study with 4 translations.  As you go through these studies, I encourage you to do the same.  "The Scriptures" is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names and has the books in chronological order.  The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for 'oral tradition' peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud.  The Amplified version is one where meanings of words and phrases are 'amplified' for better understanding.  The King James Version (KJV) is the translation that works well with Strong's Concordance. Please also note the links to Scripture in Cherokee.


Books Used in this Study

The Holy Bible in the following translations:  KJV, NIV, Amplified, NASB, CEV and The Scriptures.

"Church History in Plain Language" by Bruce L. Shelley

"Encyclopedia of Native American Wars & Warfare". General Editors William B. Kessel, Ph.D. and Robert Wooster, Ph.D.

"This Day In North American Indian History" by Phil Konstantin

Relevant Links

Jeny's History Study References & Links -
These are links associated with the ongoing history study and intercessory prayer points indexed on our main 'study' page.  For those of you following the study and prayers, I recommend you journey through the links.

FirstNationsMonday.Com -
Prayer Guide for Native American People and Those Serving in Native Ministry

999-Prayers -
A Facet of His Glory Reigns Ministry, including North America Indigenous Peoples Prayer Shield

Cherokee New Testament Online

Cherokee Bible Project

First Nations Version Project

2012 Cherokee Calendar -



 



 

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