A National day of Prayer and Fasting

I was prompted to read and share this proclamation by a leader that understood God and what He wanted of a nation that was going through what America is about to face as the unrest builds in our country. Remember, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” and this applies to nations as well as individuals. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” mdc

Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day Washington, D.C.
March 30, 1863
Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln’s son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And 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.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

8 comments on “A National day of Prayer and Fasting

  1. Scarlett says:

    Oh, that this had been so in our present time. Unfortunately, there has been no national repentance, or even acknowledging the need for it. We’ve had the call for the national day of prayer, but it has not included a call for repentance, or fasting, or for that matter…..a corporate asking of our Sovereign God His forgiveness for our national sins and crimes? Oh, that would mean some laws of the land would have to be taken off the books and repealed and repented of before forgiveness could be obtained. But the nation couldn’t go that far! Even the church…to rise up and demand it of the government. So, now, instead of the forgiveness from the Holy God, we shall be reaping the judgment of an angry and just Judge.

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    • Michael says:

      Yes, Scarlett, the fate of this nation became all to obvious as He had me read Lincoln’s proclamation. What has become “the church” has been so focused on prosperity and success that it can’t lead the way back to God, either. We are watching a master stroke of Satan unfolding.

      Father, please change our hearts as only you can and bring us all into full repentance. Amen.

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  2. dimple says:

    Reblogged this on idahodimple and commented:
    As then, so now. May God have mercy on us!

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  3. Hi Michael!

    Dave here (TruthForFree)… Long time no chat brother. Hope you guys are doing well. Would be great to catch up with you sometime.

    Take care and Merry Christmas my friend,

    Dave Yeubanks


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    • Michael says:

      Hi Dave, its good to hear from you again. We are doing well and I hope you and your young family are doing the same. Yes, it would be good to get together with you and catch up once again. I see you are on FaceCrook, but no longer at your URL (at least http://www.truthforfree.com didn’t work) If that has changed send me the new link.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours,


  4. I would be enormously happy to see a formal day of prayer proclaimed. But really we Christians should not need such a proclamation. We ought to be down on our knees daily. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas, Michael. Love, A. ❤

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    • Michael says:

      If we Christians had as much faith in selfless prayer as we do in political activism, we would see God moving in our lives in such a way that we would soon be conformed to the image of His Son who put no faith in Rome or the Chief Priests in Jerusalem.

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Anna ❤

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