FRC Calls for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

I’m a little confused by the Family Research Council’s recent call for prayer and fasting to somehow, in some inexplicable manner, affect the outcome of the Supreme Court same-sex marriage case. I mean, they do this kind of thing all the time, but 21 days? Don’t they know it’s supposed to be for 40 days? 21 isn’t a special magic Bible number!

Tuesday, April 7th until Tuesday, April 28th

FRC President Tony Perkins is asking believers everywhere to pray and fast from April 7th till April 28th that God will intervene to guide our Supreme Court to protect, not destroy, natural marriage as the legal standard for our nation. He urges that we “pray up to the day of battle and go into that day with strength; praising God for the victory!”

The Jews in Babylon responded to Queen Esther’s appeal to fast and pray both for her and for their brethren – the Jewish exiles throughout Babylon – condemned to death by order of the King. God heard their cries, the Kings order was reversed; the Jewish people were saved, have survived to this day and now have a reestablished nation of their own. God will hear us as we cry out to Him for our nation that our leaders will not take America down a road toward certain destruction by presumptuously believing they have been given power, especially under the guise of U.S. Constitution, to redefine and thus remake the institution of marriage and to invent a right to same-sex marriage.

Yep, I’m sure that’ll do it. But if it doesn’t, if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule your way, will you admit that your prayers didn’t do a damn thing? Will you forsake your god for ignoring your pleas? I mean, after all, you even amplified and focused your magic prayer powers.

Spiritually, fasting humbles us and amplifies the focus and effectiveness of our prayers. Jesus said “whenever you fast,” not “if.” He thus expected us to fast periodically (Mt 6:16-18). After a few days of fasting many lose their hunger and can function in their regular activities for weeks. But prayer “without ceasing,” believing God’s promises to hear and answer our faith-filled prayers, and exercising extraordinary faith for God to work wonders, is the purpose of this fast.

And yet when you do all this and still lose, you don’t lose any of that “extraordinary faith.” Interesting.

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  • dingojack

    Go all out Tone — really show god you mean it, fast for 210 days (or for even greater focus, try 2100 days). That’ll get his attention (I’m sure).



  • grumpyoldfart

    FRC doesn’t worry too much about specific details because their calls to prayer and their 21 day fasts aren’t actually meant to achieve anything. They are designed to keep the flock under control, ready and willing to obey orders at all times. (It comes in handy when the leadership asks for donations.)

  • Modusoperandi

    21 is the drinking age. Drinking leads to babies. Babies lead to marriage. QED.

  • Sastra

    God heard their cries, the Kings order was reversed…

    ..and that whooshing noise you just heard was the Free Will Theodicy plunging down into the pit of Hell.

  • John Pieret

    the focus and effectiveness of our prayers

    Twice nothing is still nothing.

  • dmcclean

    “He thus expected us to fast periodically (Mt 6:16-18).”

    But not to do the rest of the things he said in the sermon on the mount. Of course he didn’t really expect us to do that commie shit. And a couple of verses earlier when he told us not to send this email? Totally joking.

  • James Redekop

    21 is a doubly Biblical number: the cardinality of the Trinity times the length of creation! Can’t get more holy than that.

  • wreck

    Of course 21 increases the effectiveness. Blackjack pays 3 to 2.

  • eamick

    The fast commanded by Esther lasted only three days to boot. Apparently same-sex marriage is seven times as bad as genocide.

  • ArtK


    I thought that it was marriage leads to babies and babies lead to drinking. That’s been closer to my experience.

  • busterggi

    Why do believers never lose weight when they fast? Could it be they aren’t really not eating?

  • Randomfactor

    One seven-days-of-creation for each of the Trinity. Thank goodness they’re not Hindu, or they’d all starve to death.

  • colnago80

    Re wreck @ #8

    Not if the non-ace is a 10.

  • whheydt

    They can’t count, either. 4/7 through 4/28 is actually 22 days.

  • Donovan

    I have a sister-in-law who fasts often, even against her priest’s insistence (he’s actually a really nice guy with most of his head firmly rooted in reality), and she becomes dangerously ill every time. It’s a foolish practice and I am saddened that people might follow this call. I doubt any of the FRC leaders will.

  • Trebuchet

    I’m ready! I’m going to fast! Specifically, I’m giving up Spinach, Broccoli, and Avocado. Because they taste Green.

  • felidae

    Tony to his supporters: going hungry and talking to nobody really, really works! Trust me

    Maybe he should propose a fast like some monks in Germany–They fast during Lent, only getting nutrition from beer Sounds like that would resonate well with his followers

  • Scott F

    Sure, God promised to hear and answer your prayers. But most times, the answer is simply, “No.”

  • stuartsmith

    Of course 21 is a magical number. 3 is the number of God, and 7 represents the union of man and god, so 3*7 is obviously important. And 2+1 also adds up to 3, so that’s another kind of special right there.

    EVERY number is special and magical if you’re willing to make an effort to figure out why,

  • matty1

    Maybe he’s been invited to a dinner party on Wednesday 29th.