Introduction to Lincoln’s Proclamation Appointing a National Day of Prayer
There are many things we could say about Lincoln, however rehashing old arguments between North and South is not the point of this posting, but rather to illustrate the difference between that day and our own. Whatever your personal opinion regarding the former president, would it even be possible now for a president, along with the Senate, to pass a proclamation calling for a national day of prayer and humiliation? The answer is "NO." Even the contemplation of such a statement by anyone in government would be a so-called “human rights” violation, which itself would call for an investigation and hearings. This anti-Christian, anti-God reality forms the foundation of the evil we face today.
Forces behind the scenes were trying to divide America at that time and it’s happening right now again. “United we stand,” well . . . divided we are falling and only a fool would not recognize the division we are experiencing in the “In God we trust” country, a country that has quietly become the “In MAN we trust” country. A country badly in need of Humiliation, Prayer, and Fasting, as this president once called for; not American Exceptionalism, Imperialism, Colonialism, Marxism, Atheism, Genderism or whatever other “ism” we can concoct or discover – a country enthralled by the persuasions of Satan.
This proclamation speaks for the America that was and MUST be reestablished if we are to survive.
LINCOLN’S 97TH PROCLAMATION – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer
March 30th 1863
By the President of the United States of America
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 30th day of March, A. D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-seventh.
By the President:
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State