Peace: A Historical Perspective on Intercessory Prayer for Native America

PEACE

Historical References and Anniversaries

Killing at Peace Talks – January 26, 1716
(http://americanindian.net/January.html )

In consulting Phil Konstantin’s book, This Day In North American Indian History, I read that January 26, 1716, a group of Cherokee, Creek and Yamassee representatives met at a Cherokee village in Georgia for peace talks. It was noted that the Cherokee desired peace and believed that the Creek and Yamassee also wanted peace. Konstantin wrote that the Cherokee Chief Caesar offered to arrange these peace talks, telling the colonists that the Cherokee and Creek tribes would be peaceful and cooperative. On this day, according to Konstantin’s report, the Creek and Yamassee actually came to the meetings in pursuit of war and so the Cherokee killed the Creek and Yamassee representatives.

Law for Peace – January 17, 1800
(http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/na001.asp )

January 17, 1800 – Act for the Preservation of Peace with the Indian Tribes which stated that violators of this law could be fined and imprisoned. According to what I can find in documentation, this act was to be enforced through March 1802 for the purposes of insuring safe trade and encounters with the tribes, making it unlawful for ‘citizens’ and ‘persons’ to provoke members of any American Indian tribe or contribute to any undermining of treaties.

Keep in mind that American Indian people were not considered ‘citizens’ or ‘persons’ until 1924.

So what does this mean for us as Believers and Intercessors? Were the killings on January 26, 1716 ethical, just and / or the will of Yahweh? Was this meeting of different groups during ‘war time’ or ‘peace time’? Could the killings have been considered self-defense or sanctioned? What were the tribal cultural practices? What were the consequences? How did the English respond / react? The questions are endless.

Was the January 17, 1800 act established with the correct motives, incentives and / or divine favor? What was the Euro-American government and religious culture at the time? Did the government and the church enforce these rules? Did the tribes also implement laws about conduct with immigrants?

There is not one person living today who can give testimony to what really happened in either case. To the best of my knowledge, we do not have stories indicating Yahweh’s heart in these specific matters. So, we consult the Holy Spirit and Scripture for direction in how to pray regarding these significant anniversaries of Peace from our past, as well as their affect on our future.

Scripture References

Scripture can provide Biblical history, early church insight and spiritual principles for Believers today. The Holy Spirit can guide us in how Yahweh wants us to apply these in our prayers for our North American indigenous people.

“You know also what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether, whom he murdered, avenging in time of peace blood shed in war, and putting innocent blood of war on the girdle on his loins and on the sandals of his feet. Do therefore according to your wisdom, but let not his hoary head go down to Sheol (the place of the dead) in peace. But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite and let them be among those who eat at your table; for with such kindness they met me when I fled because of Absalom your brother. [II Sam. 17:27-29.]” 1 Kings 2:5-7 (Amplified)

Also Deuteronomy 19:1-13, 21:1-9.

“Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!” Psalms 34:14 (Amplified)

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, [Heb. 9:27.] A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up, A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away, A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak, [Amos 5:13.] A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. [Luke 14:26.]” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (Amplified)

“Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous – with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!” Matthew 5:9 (Amplified)

“And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached out his hand and drew his sword and, striking the body servant of the high priest, cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, Put your sword back into its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. [Gen. 9:6.]” Matthew 26:51-52 (Amplified)

“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. [Prov. 3:7.] Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. [Prov. 20:22.]” If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for {God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. [Deut. 32:35.] But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. [Prov. 25:21, 22.] Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.” Romans 12:16-21 (Amplified)

“Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (Amplified)

“See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (Amplified)

Prayer for Peace

Abba Father, Yahweh, thank you for our indigenous people of North America. Thank you for preserving remnants of so many tribes and tongues. Thank you for restoring lost tribes and tongues through your just and mysterious ways. Thank you for the drops of tribal blood that run through so many today and for the awaking taking place in the spirits, hearts and souls of your people. Thank you for insights into history and the opportunities to pray for peace, healing, restoration and change. Thank you for the people who pursued peace in times of war and uncertainty, in times of ignorance and fear, and in times of danger and desperation. We thank you for those who heard your still small voice and who walked in obedience. We thank you for the blessings that we reap because of their triumphs and we pray that those blessings be guarded and protected from the enemy. We ask for your mercy, grace and forgiveness as we face the consequences left behind from those whose ears were deaf to your word and whose actions were in disobedience. We ask that you remove strongholds and curses that still remain. We pray that those seeds of peace will prosper. We pray that all pursuits of peace between tribes, bands, clans, communities and governments throughout North America will be blessed and fruitful according to your perfect will. We pray that you will gift perfect wisdom, discernment, knowledge, and understanding to all who you have called to be peacemakers. We pray that you give them support and encouragement from the Body of Christ. We pray that you will give them favor and protection from controlling, self-seeking, manipulating and judgmental spirits. Father, continue to guide us in prayer regarding peace according to your perfect will, by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Rev. Jeny Running Brook Covill
First Nations Monday

(Note: This is Part 1 of a study that was originally prepared in January 2012 in partnership with NIAP Prayer Shield)

Books Used in this 12 Month 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

As with the First Nations Monday prayer and Scripture studies, I like to study with 5 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. The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) is a great companion version that I find gives great insight.

In addition, consider the following:

First Nations Version Project
A retelling of the Sacred Scriptures for Native Americans and all English speaking Indigenous peoples.
http://www.firstnationsversion.com/

Cherokee Bible Project – ONLINE – New Testament
https://sites.google.com/site/cherokeebibleproject/new-testament

Cherokee Bible Project – ONLINE – Old Testament
https://sites.google.com/site/cherokeebibleproject/old-testament-verses

Cherokee Bible Project Titles in Book form:
(A joint mission of the Cherokee Bible Project and Four Rivers Native American Church)
http://tuscanyglobal.com/bible/
Genesis in Cherokee
Haggai in Cherokee
Jonah in Cherokee
100 Days Of Indigenous Wisdom
Cherokee New Testament
New Cherokee Hymnal
Matthew’s Gospel in Cherokee
Mark’s Gospel in Cherokee
Luke’s Gospel in Cherokee
John’s Gospel in Cherokee
The Acts of the Apostles in Cherokee
ROMANS in Cherokee
CORINTHIANS in Cherokee
GALATIANS to COLOSSIANS in Cherokee
THESSALONIANS to HEBREWS in Cherokee
JAMES to JUDE in Cherokee
John’s Revelation in Cherokee
Pastoral Epistles in Cherokee (coming)
General Epistles in Cherokee (coming)

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