Prayer Targets: 'Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer' Made America; Scandal; The Urgent Call2Fall
June 13, 2013
And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led the... in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. Deuteronomy 8:2
If my people will humble themselves and pray... 2 Chronicles 7:14
Dear Praying Friends,
Long-time American history professor and award-winning author, Rod Gragg, has documented how faith and public "days of humiliation, fasting and prayer" prepared, sustained, and enabled Colonial Americans to win the War for Independence:
In Virginia, the House of Burgesses... the first American legislature to denounce the Stamp Act... took the lead, in opposition to the Intolerable Acts. The Virginia legislators declared that the day on which the port of Boston would be forcibly closed -- June 1, 1774 -- should be observed throughout Virginia as a day of "fasting, humiliation and prayer." Crafted by a gifted young wordsmith named Thomas Jefferson, the resolution urged Virginia's colonists to "implore the Divine Interposition for averting the heavy Calamity, which threatens Destruction to our civil Rights, and the Evils of civil War; to give us one Heart and one Mind firmly to oppose, by all just and proper Means, every Injury to American Rights...." Virginia's royal governor responded by ordering the legislators to disband and go home. Instead they passed another resolution, this one calling for the creation of a continental congress that would represent "the united interests of America." ...The Continental Congress, which would prove critical to the birth of the American nation, was triggered by an act of faith- the vote by the Virginia House of Burgesses to declare a day of prayer and fasting. Despite the objections of the colony's royal governor, the legislators publicized their prayer and fasting resolution in the colony's newspapers so that the people of Virginia could participate. On June 1, 1774, countless did, dropping all other duties to attend church and engage in "fasting, humiliation and prayer." Among them was George Washington, who penned in his diary: "Went to church and fasted all day." (By the Hand of Providence, How Faith shaped the American Revolution, Ch.2, "For Such a Time as This.")
A year later, June 12th 1775, the 2nd Continental Congress called for July 20th 1775, to be a day of "public humiliation, fasting and prayer" throughout the colonies. Massachusetts Representative John Adams later wrote his wife, Abigail, "We have appointed a Continental fast. Millions will be upon their knees at once before their great Creator, imploring his forgiveness and blessing; his smiles on America's councils and arms.
The use of the term "humiliation" is strange to the modern ear. But in earlier days biblically literate Christians understood the fundamental truth: "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble" (Jas 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5). Fast days were meant for people to humble themselves thoroughly before the Lord. God's promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 requires us first to humble ourselves. The prophet Joel wrote:
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil (Joel 2:12-13).
This is a profound call to men, women, boys and girls, young and old, to humble ourselves -- spirit, mind and body -- and wholeheartedly to turn to the Lord. Nothing less will satisfy God's desire and open wide the door for Him to forgive, heal, bless and restore.
The Lord calls to His "people" who can meet the conditions of 2 Chronicles 7:14, and through humility, prayer, and repentance, lead our nation back to God.
Call2Fall - this is where Call2Fall (Sunday, June 30th) comes into focus. We have no illusion that Call2Fall is anything more than what it is: an effort to equip and encourage America's churches in taking a small step toward cultivating a culture of humility, prayer, and repentance for our own sins and for those of our nation. Falling on our knees in united prayer before the Lord on the Sunday prior to 4th of July is meaningful, given the "humiliation, prayer and fasting days" that preceded, enabled, sustained, and helped win our liberty at the founding of our nation. (Pastors' Resources, Individual Resources)
- May believers who know about Call2Fall, get wholeheartedly involved. May they urge their Christian friends to visit Call2Fall.com, understand it, and click "I'm in!" May pastors and Christian leaders rush to unite with us and motivate their churches and networks to spend at least five minutes on their knees on Sunday, June 30th! (Ps 110:3; 133: 1ll; 145: all, esp.v.19; Mt 4:28:30; 22:2 ff; 28:18-20; Eph 4:16)
- May thousands of churches devote their entire service(s) to the Call2Fall and may this year's Call2Fall, like those in the revolution and founding era, impact our nation powerfully for good, today! May this movement blend with other prayer and repentance movements of God until our nation's pulpits flame with righteousness, our homes are filled with all the goodness of God and every neighborhood in America is ablaze with the love and holiness of Christ. May our beloved nation be set back on God's course! May the world yet be blessed by Awakening in America! (1 Sam 12:20-25; Jer 29:13; Joel 212 ff; Acts 3:19; 17:24-31; 1 Tim 2:1-8).
As the Lord leads, please pray over these issues:
2) Imminent Supreme Court on the California Marriage Amendment and DOMA;
3) Sebelius Rule: ObamaCare exchanges must include Planned Parenthood;
5) New Plan B for Kids;
And while the list of prayer needs grows, Call2Fall is a priority. We must have sweeping revival! And growing the number of Americans, beginning with God's people, who are humbling themselves, repenting, seeking God's face, and faithfully rising from their knees to obey the Living God is our nation's greatest need. Thank you for praying!