Pray for Australia
The good news is that Canberra Declaration community members across Australia are still very excited at the major turnaround in the nation because of the united prayer and fasting in the lead up to the election. That turnaround seems to be continuing looking at the secular newspapers since the day of the election.
Headlines like GOD HELP US in the Daily Telegraph referring to Chris Bowens statement that Labor must reconnect with people of faith are not unusual in the secular media anymore. The ongoing persecution of Israel Falou continues to elicit support from both Christians and unbelievers from the most unlikely sources. Best of all people ordinary people are discussing faith and the importance or unimportance of Christian Values like never before.
The team at the Canberra Declaration have never seen such a level of unified pushback against overtly evil political policy in an election. Furthermore the team at Canberra Declaration have never seen such united fervent prayer & fasting for an election in the recorded history of our nation. The prayer effort for our nation in the 18 May 2019 Federal Election was unprecedented and so was the miracle!
All the Christian leaders, individual prayer warriors and Christian Reformers/Activists we talk to all say the same thing. We have to keep moving forward. We have to keep on praying. We have to keep on making a stand for the truth.
We feel the same imperative and so does Ps Margaret Court. She proposed a strategic plan to Pray for Australia to the Canberra Declaration team. Our team has held consultations with key church leaders, Christian activists groups and prayer leaders. Together we have sharpened the spear of united prayer into an agreed document that will become the overarching constitution for our prayers for the nation over the next three years.
We know we have to encourage more prayer in individual local churches and more combined church prayer in local communities, regions, towns and cities. Having said that we still need a united focus for our prayers. Jesus said in Matthew 18:19, “”Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
The Canberra Declaration is an active, caring, growing community of people who have a vision to see Australia’s Judeo-Christian Values revitalised.
To see such a revival and renewal of faith we believe we have to see 8 strategic areas addressed:
- Gospel explosion
- Raising up of Godly political leaders
- Greater freedom of speech
- Regeneration in education
- Restoration of families
- Rebirth of sexual integrity
- Revival of the dignity of life
- National transformation through spiritual renewal.
When thinking about these 8 strategic prayer points the words attributed to Martin Luther come to mind, “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battle front besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
We are encouraging people to fast once a week much like John Wesley did once a week. We suggest Wednesday but what you do is up to you. Secondly we are calling for people to celebrate communion daily in prayer for our nation centred around these 8 strategic prayer points. This is not a legal impost rather an invitation of the heart to join in prayer for our nation in a coordinated and united fashion.
It is our hope that thus united prayer strategy could be owned by all as was the 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for the elections. The ensuing miracle on Election Day 18 May is strong testimony to the power of united/focused Prayer & Fasting. We believe these are exciting times as Dutch Sheets the well-known prayer author elucidates in this important video called Fullness of Christs Anointing.