Paul R. LePage, Governor of Maine, Declares A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation, August 6, 2011
Below is the proclamation from Paul R. LePage, Governor of Maine. He has accepted the call from Rick Perry, Governor of Texas to declare August 6, 2011 a day of prayer for our nation.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network says that “a LePage spokesman is downplaying the governor’s connection to the event, and insists the proclamation is not an endorsement.” It seems that he is clear about not endorsing Governor Perry for President if he were to run. But I think it is also clear that Governor LePage is endorsing the idea of having a day of prayer for our nation.
Charles Carroll said, “Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion [...], are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”
I truly appreciate Governor LePage stepping out and calling his state to prayer. I love all the historic quotes he lists in the proclamation!
Quotes from Paul R. LePage, Governor of Maine
State of Maine
WHEREAS, in 1775, the Continental Congress asked the colonies to join in prayer, seeking wisdom as they faced the responsibility and opportunity of building a new nation. As leaders of that young nation assembled in 1787 to craft a Constitution, Benjamin Franklin implored the framers to pray for guidance, famously declaring, “The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men.” Decades later, during a time of national turmoil, President John Adams declared “a day of solemn humiliation, fasting and prayer,” asking citizens of all faiths to pray for America’s protection from danger. Later, as civil war tore our young country apart, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of national fasting and prayer, saying “It behooves us … to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray to the God that made us.” During World War II, with our troops locked in battle on the beaches of France, President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the nation in prayer, “As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.”
WHEREAS, 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.
WHEREAS, 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…” As Jesus prayed publicly for the benefit of others in John II :41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.
NOW, THEREFORE, I PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim August 6th asA Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation
In testimony whereof, I have caused
the Great Seal of the State to be
hereunto affixed GIVEN under my hand
at Augusta this sixth day of June
Two Thousand Eleven.
Paul R. LePage
Charles E. Summers, Jr.
Secretary of State
TRUE ATTESTED COPY
Maine Right to Life Committee Governor LePage Declares August 6
Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation in Maine. http://www.mainerighttolife.com/. As of July, 25 2011.