Two and a half weeks ago, we announced our intention of calling our people to a day of prayer and fasting for our national sins. That day has arrived. If you haven’t done so already, I would encourage you to take a look at John Calvin’s words concerning the purpose of prayer and fasting, that you would approach this with the proper mind and heart. Below are the prayers some of Faith & Heritage’s writers felt called to write for today. If you desire, please post your own prayer for this day in the comments section.
We take this day to confess and repent of our national sins.
We have not put our trust in You, choosing instead to trust in pride, money, military might, and exceptionalism. We have preferred comfort over righteousness and pursued material success over obedience to You. We have feared the opinions of men more than we feared You and Your law. We have sinned grievously. We have sacrificed 57 million babies in the fires of Moloch, we have waged unjust wars and killed and brought suffering to millions because of it, we have surrendered the spheres of church and family to the state and depended upon it instead of You, we have turned gender on its head, we have abandoned Your hierarchy for the devil’s equality, our national media and entertainment is full of blasphemy, profanity, and lewdness, and many more sins too numerous to name.
You have afflicted us to bring us to repentance. You have sent against us natural disasters in the form of droughts, blizzards, hurricanes, and floods. You have allowed our enemies to strike us in the heart of our country and have brought financial disasters upon us. But we did not heed Your correction, and so Your cursed us. You gave us over to our sexual perversions like homosexuality and miscegenation, but we called it tolerance. You are giving our land to strangers and foreigners, but we called it ministry opportunities. You removed Yourself from our public life, but we called it pluralism. We have ignored Your warnings and called your curses blessings, so that we would not have to face our sins and repent.
We deserve the wrath of the holy and just God, but still we have hope. You told Abraham that You would spare Sodom and Gomorrah if there were but ten righteous men there, and there are still many thousands in our country who have have not bent the knee to other gods and remain faithful to You. Time and time again in the Old Testament when Israel fell away from You into sin and the worship of false gods, You were faithful to send them repentance and turn their hearts back to You. We ask the same from You now. We confess and repent of our national sins and plead with you to awaken the hearts of our countrymen to do the same, that as a nation we would turn back to You. For as Micah 7:18-19 says, “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
“Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old” -Lamentations 5:21
Father, we come to You with a heavy heart, burdened with our own sins and those of our people. We have grieved Thee in lightly esteeming Thy law. We have forsaken Your national covenants to serve the idol of egalitarian multiculturalism. We hold in high repute those who screamed for the blood of Your Only Begotten Son. For all this, we must suffer Thy chastisement, but we rejoice as we know it is just. Preserve us, Lord, that we may serve Thee with fidelity and not be a proverb and byword among the nations. In Christ our Lord’s precious and eternal Name, Amen.
From The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats:
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
Lord, grant us ears to hear–Your Word. May Your strength be ours, so that the centre holds. All that we do is supported by you; let us realize that every moment.
Curb the tides of anarchy and blood; let cool tides of crystalline water wash pure and clean over a peaceful shore.
Let innocence return and breathe freely.
Above all, grant the best Your intensity that they may sweep away the worst. Trusting in You, Lord, let us prevail.
Most merciful Father in Heaven,
In the merits of our Lord Christ we, as the peoples and families of the West, humbly approach your most holy throne on this day. As the King of all creation, we know and confess that it is You who grants us life and on whom we are dependent for every breath. We approach You to ask for your forgiveness. As peoples, we have neglected to obey your perfect law. We have allowed our own sinful desires – greed, a lack of love, the longing of social acceptance and political correctness, the worship of false idols – to hinder us, as a people, from living in harmony with You and each other, a harmony only possible within the statutes of your Law-Word. We know that in ourselves we deserve the judgments we are currently receiving – that the current genocide and political oppression of our peoples at the hands of foreigners is the result of our sinful ways and the apostasy of our people. In your Word you have taught us that the wages of sin is death, but because of our refusal to heed your perfect divine admonishment, you have justly brought this judgment over our peoples in this current age. We humbly ask you today, however, to grant us national repentance for reconciliation with You, in order that You would see not our shortcomings, but the redemptive merits of Christ, when judging our peoples. Grant us this repentance through the power of your Holy Spirit, whose power is greater than all alien principalities or powers of darkness who desire to separate us as the peoples of the West from your mercy and love in Christ.
In granting us the strength to repent of our national sins, help us remember the covenants that You have made with us. Help us remember Your great and mighty deeds of deliverance in our history. And if we repent, almighty God, remember your promises of deliverance to us. Deliver us from all forces of darkness so that your glorious deeds may be proclaimed among all the nations of the earth, so that our enemies can fear and tremble at the sound of the most Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let your kingdom come and your will be done among the nations of the West, as it is in heaven, for Christ has conquered and Christ is King.
O Almighty God,
Creator and Preserver of all nations and peoples, we pray to thee for the health of our people, our kin, and our families. We beg thy forgiveness for all our sins, and we ask that through our efforts, our kindred would be granted repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, and delivered from the snare of the devil. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, ever one God.
Heavenly Father, we praise You, Your Son, and Your Spirit for the work of redemption You have wrought within us, raising us from the dead spiritually, that we would live lives of obedience and holiness before You. We ask that You would resurrect Your church to an unashamed pride in Your Word as we seek to assist in Christ’s mission to crush the works of Satan. We confess and repent of the multitude of sins plaguing us as individuals, families, and nations, and humbly request that You would grant an especial repentance unto our European folk, that we would honor the boundaries You ordained from of old and take solace and comfort in the organic collectives in which You have placed us. In the name of our blessed and incarnate Savior, Your beloved Son, we pray. Amen.
We are also calling for fasting today. Hunger reminds us to be in prayer and firmly fixes in our minds our total dependence on God and a thankfulness for the blessings He has provided for us with which we normally fill our stomachs. That being said, even Calvin notes that “all have not the same bodily constitution, nor the same state of health,” and we acknowledge that for medical or occupational reasons some may simply not be able to forgo food completely today. That is fine; we still welcome those individuals to be in prayer with us today. I would also point out that skipping a single meal or restricting your diet to bread and water for a day are also types of fasting. Today is a day we humble ourselves before God in repentance, and the disposition of your mind and your heart is far more important than pushing your body to the breaking point.