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Father, thank You for this bold resolution! May we, the American people, repent as we ought, so that You might heal our land!
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Even now–this is the Lord’s declaration–turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping, and mourning. Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2:12–13 CSB).

Rep. Monty Fritts, of District 32 in Tennessee, has sponsored a bill calling on the entire state to cry out to God for mercy and healing.

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Tennessee House Joint Resolution 0803 designates July 1–31, 2024, as a time of prayer and fasting to ask for God’s hand of mercy and healing.

Thirty other representatives joined Rep. Fritts to co-sponsor his bill. While many governors in our country have created proclamations similar to HJR0803, it is pretty rare to have a state Congress petition a sincere cry to God to intervene in the affairs of human beings.

The words of Abraham Lincoln come to mind in such times as these. At the end of the Civil War, he also called for a day of fasting and prayer:

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!”

Let’s continue to intercede for our nation. Let’s pray along with the state of Tennessee in July that God would heal our land and bring peace to our politics and prosperity to our people.

Following is the full text of the resolution.

A RESOLUTION to seek God’s hand of mercy healing on Tennessee.

WHEREAS, our State and Nation suffer from violence committed upon our citizens by our citizens; and

WHEREAS, our State and Nation suffer from violence committed upon our citizens by non-citizens; and

WHEREAS, acts of violent crime in our schools are unacceptable; and

WHEREAS, human trafficking is an unacceptable and violent evil in our State, enslaving lives and violating the core values of our Creator-endowed rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS, drug addiction overwhelms our families, our government finances, our workforce productivity, as well as our healthcare and our law enforcement resources; and

WHEREAS, deadly fentanyl flows uncontrollably across our southern U.S. border resulting in the deaths of Tennesseans; and

WHEREAS, Driving Under the Influence, drunk driving, results in great pain and injury for Tennessee families; and

WHEREAS, we have approximately 9,000 children in need of foster care, indicating a brokenness in many Tennessee homes; and

WHEREAS, evidence of corruption in our federal government stands to impact every Tennessean; and

WHEREAS, our National and State Founders trusted in the omnipotent hand of Providence to guide and bless our land; and

WHEREAS, over decades, these leaders called our people to seek out the Creator’s favor by issuing proclamations like the one from John Adams on April 15, 1799:

[This day] be observed throughout the United States of America as a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer; that the citizens on that day abstain, as far as may be, from their secular occupation, and devote the time to the sacred duties of religion, in public and in private; that they call to mind our numerous offenses against the most high God, confess them before Him with the sincerest penitence, implore his pardoning mercy, through the Great Mediator and Redeemer, for our past transgressions, and that through the grace of His Holy Spirit, we may be disposed and enabled to yield a more suitable obedience to his righteous requisitions in time to come; that He would interpose to arrest the progress of that impiety and licentiousness in principle and practice so offensive to Himself and so ruinous to mankind; that He would make us deeply sensible that “righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” [Proverbs 14:34]; and

WHEREAS, we hold that our Founders correctly acknowledged Truth in their words; and

WHEREAS, we hold that “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1); now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that the period of July 1, 2024, through July 31, 2024, be recognized as a time of prayer and fasting in Tennessee. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we recognize that God, as Creator and King of all Glory, has both the authority to judge and to bless nations or states.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we, as public servants in the Tennessee General Assembly, seek God’s Mercy upon our land and beseech Him to not withdraw His Hand of blessing from us.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we recognize our sins and shortcomings before Him and humbly ask His Forgiveness.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask the Lord Jesus to heal our land and remove the violence, human-trafficking, addiction, and corruption.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask that the Holy Spirit fill our halls of government, our classrooms, our places of business, our churches, and our homes with peace, love, and joy.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon all those who are physically able and spiritually inclined to do so to join in a thirty-day season of prayer and intermittent fasting as we begin a new fiscal year as a means of seeking God’s blessing and humbling ourselves to receive His Grace and Mercy, transforming ourselves, our communities, our State, and our Nation.

Share your prayers below for your own state and for our nation!

(Vaughn Cassidy is IFA’s state prayer leader for Tennessee. Photo Credit: Avalon_Studio/Getty Images Signature via Canva Pro)

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Bastiaan Kieboom
July 16, 2024

How happy I am for Tennessee that they are calling for prayers for their sins and wrongs. Those who humbly fall at His feet will learn His ways from Him. Recognize that God, He is formidable.

July 13, 2024

I am so pleased to see that Tennessee has decided to pray and fast for the month of July. It is time for believers to cry out to God and proclaim his good works. I don’t live in Tennessee, but the anointing isn’t hindered by geographical limitations

Danny Lovins
July 1, 2024

May we humbly ask for forgiveness for not being a help to our neighbors who have lost hope. The breakdown starts in every home where the presumptive fix in government does not have Christ The Way to live out our destiny. I apologize for not carrying my cross everyday. We are blessed to still have freedom.

July 1, 2024

God keep the hand steady over our land. All things are possible with you. Thank you for all the blessings we’ve enjoyed.

Zangai Peabody
June 25, 2024

Thanks for the confession of sins done by the nation. We, as a nation also need to confess Christ as Lord! Christ is Victor! He has broken down every wall! The chains of sins pass…were broken at Calvary! His blood was not shared in vain! As far as the east is from the west…so far has He removed our sins from us! Christ is Lord!

June 25, 2024

HALLELUJAH. Our family prays for Tennessee, and the same for the once great state of Colorado. God help us and have mercy on us.#Jesus saves…He’s not running for king, He Is King..the king of glory. Stay courageous, and be protected…all of you in the state congress, Rep. Fritts, and your governor !!!!

    June 25, 2024

    I will be joining from Colorado. We all need to repent and pray for God’s mercy. This world needs healing and our people need God at the center of everything. Amen!

Chantell Poole
June 25, 2024

Hallelujah! Lord. Have mercy upon the USA and forgive us for turning away from you. Send reveal yourself strong in the land and set this nation on fire for you. Lord, send revival to the United States of America in the mighty name of Jesus!,

Don Pollock
June 25, 2024

To see this resolution brings true excitement to the spirit, as it is a paraphrase of God’s scripture, and if people were to live it, this world would be unrecognizably different, but in a healthy and wonderful way, as we could be giving God the glory only He deserves.

Bill Grue
June 24, 2024

My prayer would be that everyone is the nation,Top to the bottom fast and pray and repent of the horrific sins committed by all of us. Make no mistake,God is not mocked he will exact justice on this nation.We are no longer one nation under God if the decline of this country is not halted.

June 23, 2024

This is fantastic and I pray it goes global! Jesus is Gos in flesh and will leave when asked.. which is what the USA has requested in its self righteousness.
.It’s not a religion but a relationship he came for..
Separation of church and state was put in place to prevent Government from interfering with religious practice… Not to keep God from Government…

Cat R
May 16, 2024

Praise God!

scared Tennessee resident
March 31, 2024

ever heard the phrase “separation of church and state”?

March 31, 2024

Hahahaha – silly xtians think the entire universe revolves around their silly little religion.

March 31, 2024


March 31, 2024

You people are utterly insane. This is medieval stuff. How do you people get out of bed on the morning and hold down a job?

March 31, 2024

This resolution is not at all stupid. It hasn’t been suggested by a stupid person and the people that support it are also not stupid. There is nothing stupid about it at all.

Vaughn Cassidy
March 25, 2024

Mr. Hardinger,

I would be ready to avoid quite a few states if this is your standard. As I said in the article, many governors of many states have made proclamations almost identical to this one.
God bless and respond if you would like. Thank you.

March 24, 2024

The Constitution says that the state cannot interfere with the free exercise of religion! Religion can be all over government if they choose! Please read your Constitution and your Bible and ask JESUS into your life today! Amen!

Mary Ellen Caris
March 23, 2024

The article does not state whether the Bill was passed nor if it was signed into law by the Gov. Clarify please?

Jason Richburg
March 22, 2024

It is well past time for our country to get on our knees and repent of our wrong doings and sins committed against this promised land and the citizens within it that call this Great Country our home.
The day we began removing God and his acknowledgment for our bounty is the day this country began its downward spiral in the chaos that exists today.
God created this wonderful land, and he can take it away in the blink of an eye. Just read the many examples of how he did so to the evil and wicked in the scriptures.
I pray we stop this foolishness within our government and our citizens and come to our senses and bring God our Creator back into our hearts, laws, and this land before, we suffer the fate of those in ancient times that forgot God and felt they were above him.
Oh how quickly were they humbled.
God Bless these United States of America.

    March 31, 2024

    You’re in need of medication. Seriously, get some help before you take out kids in a playground with a rifle because “god told you to”.

March 18, 2024

Praise God for the boldness of this legislator and may God bless him for standing for the truth and need of our repentance. May this call be exponentially heard throughout our nation as a beginning of God’s justice carried out by His anointed leaders! Amen

Judith Rothman
March 17, 2024

“If My people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place (country or state). ” 2 Chronicles 7:14-15. Praying Lord that other states will observe this time of prayer & repentance with the state of Tennessee. July 1-31. In Your Glorious, Redemptive Name Lord Jesus. Amen.

    Stormy Daniels
    March 31, 2024

    All you’ve shown is you can cut and paste a passage about your imaginary frouend.

Ann Shaw
March 17, 2024

Hallelujah that some have been humble of heart to speak out about our sinfulness as a nation. God have mercy on us and heal our nation.
In Jesus’s name Amen

Emma Whitaker
March 17, 2024

Thank you Lord for the state of Tennessee representatives, bless them and keep them in your name Jesus.
Help us as citizens of Tennessee to have a tender heart and turn to you for mercy and your loving kindness to our state. Deliver us from corruption and evil Father in Jesus name
Let your glory cover this globe as the Waters covering the seas in Christ Jesus name 🙏

Dori Dittmyre
March 17, 2024

In support of Ramadan? It does align with Easter so good. We all could use some humility in fasting.

    March 17, 2024

    Ramadan is muslim! This is nothing about Ramadan, but our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST! I’m grateful for the Tennessee government’s call to prayer and fasting! I’m sending to all I know!

March 17, 2024

Wow wow wow amen I only hope is that we truly repent and turn to the Lord Jesus


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