When I think of Sackcloth and Ashes, I think of the spirit of mourning, of embracing Godly sorrow unto the spirit of repentance. It is a full and complete turning back to God, a total re-devotion, a spiritual declaration to the Father of our true state,...corrupt and rebellious, and absolute need for His provision of mercies. It is humbling ones self, and ones corporate self..[ church body..].
"And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes."
There is pestilence in the land, and we are in the midst of a famine and drought, for the Hearing and doing of the Word. It does not fall upon the wicked of the World, or their leaders to repent, but upon us, the born again.
13. "If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14.."If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Many are experiencing the spiritual equivalent to sackcloth and ashes looking upon their own backsliding and general lack of Love for God, the world, and His people.
This spirit of mourning with genuine faith in Jesus and His blood, is one God Honors. God help us.