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The 87th General Assembly determines to call for a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, August 21, 2021, that the whole church may pray as one people, and call upon the Lord with one voice, that we might lament our distress and unworthiness before the Lord, confess our sin, and commit ourselves anew to the faithful service of the Lord our God (DPW V, A.4); that we humbly implore God to send seasons of refreshment, pour His Spirit of wisdom upon us, and draw multitudes to the hope of the gospel by granting faith and repentance unto life, and that the Stated Clerk is hereby requested to send correspondence to every presbytery of the OPC notifying them of this action.

Grounds:

  1. Ezra proclaimed a fast “that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods… So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty” Ezra 8:21-23.

2. The OPC’s Directory for Worship provides that “[w]hen great and notable calamities come upon or threaten the church, community, or nation, when judgment is deserved because of sin, when the people seek some special blessing from the Lord… it is fitting that the people of God engage in times of solemn prayer and fasting.” BCO DPW V, A.1.