Posted by: nmontague | May 17, 2012

A Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer

Tomorrow, May 17, 2012 is going to be a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer. All are invited, and in fact, encouraged to particiapte regardless of religious background, denomination, or sect.

May 17th was chosen because the Second Continental Congress dedicated May 17, 1776 as a day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer to seek a remission of their sins as individuals and as a nation. It was a day to draw closer to God and seek His guidance and seek the hand of Divine Providence in protecting their liberities from the British during the Revolutionary War. It was a day to unite together and make a covenant with God that He would be their God and they would be His people.

We live in a precarious day. Our Constitution and Republic are hanging by a thread.  If we want to restore the Constitution, our liberities, and the Republic to the glory that it’s previously had, we need to build on the same foundation that our Founders have. We have to have God on our side, and more importantly, we need to be on God’s side. Not because someone forces us to be. Or because some government wants us to be. Not because our parents were. But because God is good and because we make a choose to turn to Him and accept the invitation he always has open to us.

We are a proud society.  We need to turn back to humility or we risk being destroyed because pride comes before the fall. We need to look for ways to build humility in our lives. It’s vitally important if we are going to more forward with the work of restoring our values and culture.

This day involves Fasting. Christ mentioned that fasting and prayer as an important requirement for some miracles (Specificlly casting out some demons). There is power in fasting. Fasting involves voluntarily giving up food (and sometimes water as well) for a designated period of time. Combined with prayer it can be a powerful spiritual tool to strengthen ourselves and our connection with God. Gandhi used fasting to seek Divine aid in persuading his people to be non-violent.

Prayer is supplication before the Lord. It’s not just reading off a laundry list of things you want from God. But it’s the effort to bring our will in line with God’s will and recieve blessings God already wants to bless us with, but which are conditional upon asking for the blessings. It’s about communication with God. Not just us speaking to Him, but speaking with Him and recieving revelation when needed.

I invite as many people to unite and join in this day of humilitation, fasting, and prayer tomorrow as you are moved upon by the Holy Spirit. If you can’t fast for medical reasons, still seek the Lord in prayer and fasting. We need to make our lives right in the eyes of the Lord. Seek a remission of your sins. Even the little ones. Especially the little ones. There may only be a handful that will do this, but the Lord can do amazing things with just a few people.  “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise” (Alma 37:6).

With the Lord’s help we can change the world. We can restore the Republic. We can unite as a people. And we start by changing ourselves and humbling ourselves.

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