On Tuesday, Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring July 14, 2014 as a day of prayer, fasting, and repentance in the state of Iowa.
The proclamation was signed at the request of a group who’s focus is bringing spiritual revival back to our nation. You can learn more about them at www.prayer7-14-14.com. They will be hosting an event at the Iowa Capitol on July 14, 2014 symbolizing our response to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
The FAMiLY LEADER is working with this group and many others across the nation to bring an awareness to Christians of the need of spiritual awakening in our nation. To that end, we have published an easy-read book that will help you look at revival in a whole new way! Join us by:
1. Praying with us at 7:14 a.m. and 7:14 p.m. in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 — repentance and seeking God’s face. Set your phone to alert you, or sign up here for text alerts.
2. Read “If 7:14”. This book will reawaken your soul to what the scriptures say about how revival starts!
The Proclamation reads:
President George Washington stated in his Proclamation of October 17, 1789, “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor”; and
President Abraham Lincoln stated in his Proclamation of April 24, 1863, a day of national humble repentance, fasting and prayer, “It is the duty of all Nations as well to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations are blessed whose God is The Lord (Psalm 33:12)…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-to-proud to pray to the God that made us…”; and
President John Hancock stated in his Proclamation on April 15, 1775, a day of fasting, humble repentance and prayer, with a total abstinence from labor and recreation, “In circumstances as dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect what whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments, …at the same time all confidence must be withheld from the means we use; and reposed only on that God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness…”; and
Governors throughout history, have called for days of fasting and prayer over the condition of their state and nation, including Samuel Adams, a signer of the Constitution and serving as Governor of Massachusetts, “I do hereby appoint Thursday the Second Day of April next, to be observed as a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer throughout this Commonwealth: Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, of every Denomination, with their respective Congregations, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly implore the Divine forgiveness of our Sins…”:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E Branstad, as Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby invite all Iowans who choose to join in the thoughtful prayer and humble repentance according to II Chronicles 7:14 in favor of our state and nation to come together on July 14, 2014.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE HEREUNTO SUBSCRIBED MY NAME AND CAUSED THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF IOWA TO BE AFFIXED. DONE AT DES MOINES THIS 8TH DAY OF APRIL IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.
TERRY E. BRANSTAD
GOVERNOR OF IOWA