The Response: a call to prayer for a nation in crisis

The Response

On August 6, 2011, Americans will gather in Houston, Texas for a solemn assembly of prayer and fasting for our nation.  The Response, as it is being called, is modeled after the exhortation found in the Old Testament book of Joel.

Following the example of many of our founding fathers and early leaders, Governor Rick Perry of Texas has issued a proclamation of prayer and fasting for our nation to occur on August 6, 2011, inviting the nation’s other 49 governors and all Americans to participate.  The proclamation reads, in part:

Given the trials that have beset our country and world – from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and wars that endanger our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and theaters of conflict around the globe, and the decline of our culture in the context of the demise of families – it seems imperative that the people of our nation should once again join together for a solemn day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation.

In times of trouble, even those who have been granted power by the people must turn to God in humility for wisdom, mercy and direction. In the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly… 16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly…”

Read the entire proclamation here and watch the Governor’s video invitation below:

Others involved in leadership or promotion of The Response include Don Wildmon of the American Family Association, Doug Stringer of Turning Point Ministries International, Dr. James Dobson of Family Talk Radio, Governor Paul LePage of Maine, internationally known author Max Lucado, and many others.  Click here to see what others are saying about The Response.

The event is free, but you do have to register.  Even if you cannot attend the event in Houston, I encourage you to join with thousands of other Americans in fasting and praying for our nation in crisis on August 6th.

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