The orders were clear to get the British out of Boston: "Consign Boston to flames, ravage New England, and waste the British West Indies."
The most powerful fleet of its day were 73 French ships with 800 canons and 13,000 troops poised to attack Boston. You had better believe that Americans in Boston and surrounding areas were terrified October 16, 1746.
But Massachusetts Governor William Shirley declared a day of prayer and Fasting. Moreover, Boston citizens overflowed the Old South Meeting House to pray for deliverance. Pastor Thomas Prince prayed: "Send thy tempest, Lord, upon the water... scatter the ships of our tormentors."
Historian Catherine Drinker Bowen relates that as he finished praying, the sky darkened, winds shrieked and church bells rang "a wild uneven sound... though no man was in the steeple."
Whereupon the entire French fleet was scattered by hurricane force winds. Lightning struck several ships, igniting gun powder magazines, causing explosions and fire. Parts of the French armada of ships were blown all the far way to the Caribbean. So defeated and depressed was Vice Admiral d'Anville that he threw himself on his sword.
Mark it down, neighbor! God does answer prayer. "Call unto me" He says, "and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).
We are indebted to the book, "Miracles in American History, 32 amazing stories of answered prayer," by Susie Federer. Almost all of the factual histories are from her pen.
— Pastor Vern Bender, Peoples Bible Baptist Church