We know the Pilgrims came to the new world to worship God without persecution from the corrupt Church of England. They were also people of prayer.
The non-Puritan passengers didn't appreciate that the Pilgrims "kept the Sabbath." The Pilgrims refused to work on Sundays. Instead what they did was to gather together and sing songs to the Lord, read their Bibles, and devote themselves to prayer.
They remembered God's Sovereign hand upon them and all the prayers He had answered in big ways and small ways.
One prayer God answered in a miraculous way was in the middle of the Atlantic during a horrific storm. The main beam that supported the Mayflower had split and the vessel was about to be sunk. The Pilgrims cried out, "Yet Lord, Thou canst save!" While praying, one of the Pilgrims remembered a giant screw jack he had brought onboard. It was the perfect fit that saved the Mayflower and her passengers!
Think about this. Do you utilize a packing list prior to taking a trip? Is "giant random screw jack" on that list? It's not on my packing list either. Only God, peeps. Only God could providentially make sure that giant screw jack made it onboard.
The Pilgrims were people of prayer because the Lord they prayed to had ears to hear and a heart of lovingkindness.
Our ninth stanza is about prayer.
"On the ninth day of Thanksgiving, we recount gratefully nine praying Pilgrims, eight strong and able, seven treaty terms, six game and fish, five trip attempts, four peace pipes, three days feasting, two Indians, and a Mayflower on the sea."
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