President Lincoln went on to say in his “Proclamation for a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer” in March 1863 in response to a resolution set before him by the senate of the United States in which they required him to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation:
“It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power,
to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
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.”
As we celebrate on this Independence Day 2016, may we fervently pray for our country, it’s leaders, and it’s people to fall on their faces before the Almighty God of the universe who graciously blessed us with the freedoms we hold so dear. May we seek God’s forgiveness for our selfish ways, immoral lifestyles, and arrogant attitudes. Humility, forgiveness, and restoration are what our nation is in dire need of today. Pray that we all be freed from the sins that so easily entangle, set free to run the race that has been set before us: the race of glorifying God and making Him known in our day.
May it begin with me…and you…and all God’s people…
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face, then I will hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV
May God Bless the United States of America.