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President Lincoln’s Proclamations of Fasting and Prayer

The inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, occurred last week. The festivities of the week included a Pre-Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial. President Obama’s 2009 pre-inaugural concert was held there as well. The fireworks scene at the end of the concert was breathtaking. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have been there in person. No matter... read more

National Day of Prayer (Part Two): United With One Voice

“So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6 Today, May 1st, is the National Day of Prayer. Below are the theme, scripture, and prayer for this year’s observance—as well a link to the page where you can watch it live. National Day of Prayer Theme and Scripture The theme for the National Day of Prayer this year is One Voice,... read more

National Day of Prayer (Part One): 5 Reasons to Pray

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Why is it vital that we observe this special day and agree with others in prayer? There are multiple reasons, but today I’d like to consider five: 1. We Are One Nation Under God The National Day of Prayer website features “Still…Under God,” an article by John Bornschein, the Task Force Vice Chairman. Regarding the history of the phrase... read more

From the Archives: Posts on Prayer and Praying for America

As we pray during the National Day of Prayer, I thought it would be helpful if I compiled a list of relevant posts from the archives: Praying for America For The Nation For The Little Ones Praying for Government Leaders (Part 1): A Prayer for the President Praying for Government Leaders (Part 2): A Prayer Guide Praying for Government Leaders (3): A Guide to Praying for Your Country Praying for our... read more

America’s Hope: Gun Laws or Spiritual Transformation? (Part One)

As gun law debates rage in the media and the government bodies of this nation, a deeper, more critical issue is being overlooked—the only issue that can change the tide of violence in our nation. I recently saw the video below of Darrell Scott’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Mr. Scott’s daughter, Rachel Scott, was killed in the Columbine High School shooting. His son, Craig, is a... read more

Fasting Day 15: For the Nation

In yesterday’s post, we prayed for the little ones, repenting for the shedding of the innocent blood of over 50 million babies — a sin that has polluted our land and invited God’s judgment. Israel did not escape God’s judgment for killing innocent children…and neither will we. For God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “If God does not judge America, He must... read more

The Response: Event Info

On August 6, the nation will come together at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas for a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting for our country. America is in crisis seemingly on every front…and frankly, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But Scripture teaches us that there is hope – hope in prayer! I urge you to join me this Saturday and set aside time to unite with the tens of thousands of... read more

Gov. Rick Perry and The Response: The Merits, Precedents and Arguments Against

Gov. Rick Perry initiated a day of prayer and fasting called The Response: a call to prayer for a nation in crisis. It will take place this Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston. We here at Shades of Grace have long advocated prayer for our nation – and special days when we assemble together in prayer and fasting for America. We support Gov. Perry and his courage to call for such a day this... read more

Fasting Day 14: Praying for Our Government

Paul, in his first letter to Timothy, taught him the proper administration of the local church. Paul also gave instructions for the church’s ministry of prayer. 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and... read more

America’s Only Hope: Why Aren’t We Utilizing It?

“God likes to see His people shut up to this, that there is no hope but in prayer. Herein lies the Church’s power against the world.” — Andrew Bonar I have a sign in my yard. Having it out and displaying its message is the only reason I’m glad I live on a highway that is frequented with steady traffic. The sign says, “PRAYER, America’s Only HOPE, 2 Chronicles 7:14” If you... read more