What one thing do all the following dates have in common?


October 16, 1746

December 12, 1747

July 01, 1774

April 19, 1775

May 11, 1775

July 12, 1775

March 07, 1776

March 16, 1776

April 22, 1778

May 2, 1778

November 11, 1779

April 24, 1780

October 18, 1780

October 21, 1781

November 11, 1783

February 21, 1786

November 26, 1789

March 23, 1798

July 09, 1812

July 23, 1813

September 13, 1813

November 16, 1814

March 04, 1815

July 04, 1849

December 14, 1860

August 12, 1861

March 30, 1863

October 19, 1917

May 11, 1918

January 01, 1942

June 06, 1944

August 16, 1945


These are dates when a sitting President, Governor, or Continental Congress declared a day of prayer, fasting, and repentance. More specifically in their words, humiliation, supplication, contrition.  These were prayers for guidance and direction, protection, and providential intervention.

In an address to the Salvation Army, General Douglas MacArthur noted, “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.   (Does this sound familiar?)  There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster”

The Bible (Leviticus, Deuteronomy) is very clear on the blessings for a nation which harkens to the voice of the LORD, as well as, the judgements for those who do not. Moreover, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34 KJV).

Given our current state of affairs in this nation I am encouraging all who read this set aside a common day when we as a nation, corporately and severally, in humble supplication confess our sins and pray for our nation – its leaders, its people, and, yes, its enemies.

This is not another National Day of Prayer which has become so political and lukewarm God is likely spewing it out of his mouth.  Rather, I’m suggesting we pray as Daniel, Ezra, and Nehemiah did: go into an upper room (or prayer closet) pray, fast, and confess the sins of the people (ourselves included).  For “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

This is not being advocated by any political group or religious denomination, but rather is simply a grass-roots effort to turn the tide in the path this nation is following.  The census says that Christians in the US are over 100 million strong.  If 1+God is a majority imagine what all of us praying and confessing with contrite hearts can do! If the entire city of Nineveh can do it, so can we!

So what day shall we do this?  What else but November 8, 2016 Election Day.  See the first page of this website for a suggested prayer to help get you started.  Feel free to add to this as the Spirit leads.