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Lord, our founding fathers knew the importance of fasting and prayer. Help us to learn from their example and return to our roots.
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During the Continental Congress, when there was great strife among the delegates, Benjamin Franklin, one of the least “Christian” of all, rose up to request that the congress pray as a body before their deliberations. As a result, we now have a United States of America!

This is the statement that he made before the early congress:

“Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest. ‘

The United States was very divided again during the Civil War. At that critical time in our nation’s history, President Lincoln called the nation to fast and pray for national peace and unity.

A portion of that Proclamation reads:

“Whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord;

And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

The result of this call to prayer and fasting was a turn in the tide in the Civil War, which finally came to an end in 1865.

Since the Civil War, the level of division and contention in the United States has never been as great as it is today. As leaders, . . . in this nation, it is our responsibility to call to arms and mobilize those within our sphere of influence in the Body of Christ as an army to rise up and seek Almighty God for restoration of unity through prayer and fasting, as well as in whatever action we are called to take at this time.

(Excerpt from Rosewood Apostolic Center.)


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Caroline Eagan
December 30, 2019

In total agreement, we beseech you Our Lord and pray.

Gloria A Robles
December 30, 2019

Wow how timely for today. We as a nation are on the brink of another civil war. What truth, when we taste favor and success how quickly we forget the Lord who granted us that success. We become puffed up and self reliant, only when trouble strikes do we humble ourselves and pray again. This comes on the eve of IFAs call to repentance for America. Thank you Lord for your intercessors who call us to fasting and prayer, call us to accountability, and call us to remember the words of those who’ve gone before us in prayer so we can learn from them.

December 29, 2019

Wisdom truth and insight. Father, raise up a army of people who are willing to fast, and pray for this nation. Those who fight for truth and allow Your Kingdom to come and Your will to be done here on earth as it is in Heaven.
Thank You for placing people in positions of authority who recognize their dependence on You.

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