The law of the Lord is perfect,
   refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
   making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
   giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
   giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
   and all of them are righteous.
Psalm 19:7-9

Yesterday I wrote of our need to devote ourselves to our first love, to loving God.
 
Without this devotion, our witness for Christ is forfeit.
 
Yet the way that we show our love of God is vitally important.
 
We must show our love of God with our devotion to him through prayer and fasting, and living a life that is fully in step with the will of God. And the one man who did this perfectly, is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
 
Jesus taught that to love our neighbours means to give sacrificially for those who are outside of our communities. He taught that to love as God loves means to deliberately show love and care to those who are unlovable, unwanted, or those who do not want us in their lives.

This love is respectful of choice. This love is patient. This love is enduring.
 
In weeks three and four we prayed for our neighbours, and for our nation, as we explored how these issues affect those outside the church, as well as the wider community of which we are a part.
 
So as we pray for our neighbours, and as we pray for our nation, we pray for the families and marriages under stress at the moment. We pray for our leaders and our communities. We pray for our children, and our children yet unborn.
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We pray for a revival of what marriage was always meant to be, in line with God’s will.

We pray for a revival of what family was always meant to be, in line with God’s will.
 
And as we pray for these things, we pray for forgiveness of our own failures, and for restoration of relationship with our neighbours whom we have not loved as we should.
 
God’s Word is the only fixed point in our lives. It will never shift, never change, never move.
 
And so God’s will, God’s intent and purpose for our world, will also never shift, never change, never move.
 
As Christians, the best way that we can love our neighbours, is to submit ourselves to God’s will, and speak the truth in love, regardless of the cost to us.
 
Here we stand. Here we stay. Everything else is but shifting sand, here one moment and gone the next.
 
May the Lord our God bring about his will, and may we partner with him in bringing it about.
 
Heavenly Father,
We thank you that you have given us your perfect Word, that it always offers wisdom and insight that is relevant to our lives. 
We pray for marriages, for families, for communities, for our leaders and our nation, at a time when so many have rejected your Word and your will. 
May the Holy Spirit help us to love you, and to love our neighbours, by standing firm in you, regardless of the cost.
Guide the hearts and minds of all who vote so that our nation may uphold your plan for marriage and families as the greatest good for all people.
In Jesus‘ name,
Amen

Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by
Warwick Marsh & David Rowsome from Canberra Declaration with thanks for input and advice from an interdenominational editorial team. The team at the Canberra Declarationalso thank the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting for their kind assistance