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Fast and pray for America.
We need to pray for revival, a Third Great Awakening — that God would pour out His Holy Spirit and work repentance and revival in our land and give us the knowledge and fear of the Lord.
Fast and pray for America: Our Founding Fathers called numerous fasts. Christians should fast and confess personal and national sins in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (ESV).
Section 2.—From 1662 to 1720.
This was a period of marked religious declension in all the colonies.
That it should be necessary in Virginia to enact a law requiring the clergy to preach constantly every Sabbath, and to administer the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at least twice each year, is, of itself, a significant fact. Passing down to the close of the first century of the colony, only a few more churches appear to have been
established, and, though glebes and parishes had been provided, not more than one half of the congregations were supplied with ministers, the others being served by lay-readers….
There is no evidence of the organization of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Maryland until about 1675. There were, doubtless, communicants of that Church in the province, but they were not numerous. In 1676 the moral and religious condition of the province was represented as most deplorable. In ten or twelve counties there were only three clergymen of the English Church. The Lord’s day was generally profaned, religion was despised, and ” all notorious vices were committed, so that it had become a Sodom of uncleanness and a pest-house of iniquity.” In 1684 the number of the clergy had increased, but they were “remarkable for their laxity of morals and scandalous behavior, utterly inconsistent with the sacred office.”….
In New England, also, where, in the earlier period, such deep spirituality had prevailed, a sad and general decline of piety and morals was manifest. …. In 1678 Increase Mather spoke of “conversions “ as “rare.” “ The body of the rising generation is a poor, perishing, unconverted, and, except the Lord pour down his Spirit, an undone generation. Many are profane, drunkards, lascivious, scoffers at the power of godliness.”
Christianity in the United States: From the First Settlement Down to the Present Time, 1887 book by Daniel Dorchester, Doctor of Divinity (pages 134-138).
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27 ESV)
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:44-47 ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)