by Pastor Wayne Alcorn, National President, Australian Christian Churches
There is no substitute for prayer.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
This scripture carries a great promise – that God can heal our land. Many of the issues that cause us to be deeply concerned about our nation, are symptomatic of the fact, that we need a spiritual awakening.
It was the great Bible commentator, Matthew Henry who said, ‘When God intends great mercy for his people, He first gets them praying!’
Modern Christians have many resources available to them today. There are conferences, books, magazines, things online… the list goes on. We can learn so much about prayer. In fact, we preach about prayer. We sing about prayer. We present seminars about prayer – but all too often, we fail to pray.
The operative word in the text above is ‘IF’. We simply need to practice the discipline of prayer.
Pray. Pray alone. Pray in groups. Pray in the morning. Prayer at night. Pray!
Our God does not lie, and He made a promise – if we will pray, then he will answer.
The fact that you are even reading this right now means you have a heart to engage with your Heavenly Father. Be encouraged by the promise of scripture, “…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16(b) NIV).
It gets even more encouraging, when we continue reading that passage, “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops” (James 5:17-18 NIV).
1. Elijah was just like us. It’s a fallacy to think that only certain types of people can access that dimension of faith where most miracles happen.
2. He prayed earnestly. Could the major reason we fail to see the breakthrough we are seeking, simply be because we lack the passion to stay the course in prayer. Jesus said, ‘Ask. Seek. Knock…’ all of which carried the call to be persistent. Keep asking, knocking, seeking.
3. Things happened as a result of prayer. The atmosphere was changed. The heavens were opened and closed in response to one man’s prayers.
This all started with a decision – to pray!
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for this nation of Australia. We hold fast to the declaration that this is ‘the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit’ and with the confidence of Jeremiah 33, we come to you knowing that when we call on your name, you answer. God, forgive us for the times we have seemed apathetic. Renew in your people, a desire to see people know Christ. We declare Isaiah 60:1-3 over the church, “Arise, shine for your light has come…” believing that now is the time for the church to shine. Help us be a light during dark times. We pray for righteous government in our land; political leaders who will stand for what is good and conducive to peace and prosperity. We pray for the family unit to be strengthened, for the next generation to encounter your love and your mercy. May we experience a spiritual awakening. Lord, heal our land. We ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk7wjkAmxxA – Make up Your Mind to Pray
Canberra Declaration Daily Prayer Points for October
- A Miracle for Marriage
- Truth to be Exposed
- A Spirit of Repentance in the Church
- Revival and Transformation in our Nation
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