The role of Philadelphia as the headquarters of the revolutionary government made it the objective of British General Howe’s campaign of 1777. After Howe defeated Washington’s forces south of the city, the congress fled, and Philadelphia was occupied by the British through the winter of 1777-78. The continental army camped outside the city at Valley Forge, and fighting occasionally flared up.
Howe’s occupation of Philadelphia proved meaningless. The new government simply moved to York, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1778, a change of generals and of war plans led the British army to evacuate the city and return to New York, opening the way for reconvening the congress in Philadelphia.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
Our Father in heaven,
You are the God of our salvation. Put aside Your anger against us once more. Our nation has sinned, and put our faith in human constructs and false gods. Will You be angry with us always? Will You prolong Your wrath to all generations?
Revive Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Show her Your unfailing love and grant her Your salvation. Surely Your salvation is near to those who fear You so that Your land in Philadelphia will be filled with Your glory.
Christians of Philadelphia, take the mind of Christ Jesus:
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
May it be so in Philadelphia. “Glory!” We declare, “Glory over Philadelphia!” Amen.
Psalm 85:4-9, Philippians 2:6-11
References: History of the United States by Douglas Brinkley, Encyclopedia Britannica