The Canberra Declaration Good News Update 27 March 2014 reported on answers to prayer emerging during the 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting. Our focus for 2014 was on a renewal of sexual purity. The report published on Day 23 of the 40 Days included links to media articles that highlighted the exposure of abhorrent sexual matters and progress in establishing the value of sexual purity. We saw breakthrough reports in the media on Days 2, 67, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18 and 23 – including the breaking of the drought which we had specifically prayed for! Let’s continue to pray for the on-going Royal Commission and its exposure of child sexual abuse in Australian church and government-run institutions. www.canberradeclaration.org.au

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Last year Perth’s Victory Life Centre, led by Rev Dr Margaret Court, participated in the NDOPF with a special celebration service on the Sunday and by encouraging the congregation to pray and fast during the 40 days. Teaching on prayer and fasting was incorporated into the weekly services.

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A large Baptist Church in Brisbane gave their entire Sunday service to pray for Australia. Another had a time of prayer for Australia as part of their service.

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untitledThe 40 days of prayer and fasting 2014 was taken very seriously in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Annie Cathcart, coordinator of ‘Toowoomba Regional Prayer Network,’ worked together with Ps. Jimmy Nino of ‘Victory Life Church’ to involve many pastors and other leaders to fill the 40 days with special prayer meetings each night except for Monday. The presence of God grew through the 40 days and many healings and miracles took place. Some meetings went past midnight and God’s presence was very real.

One meeting led by Tish Shelton, the coordinator of City Women, was very significant. She highlighted the problems young women face because of the sexualisation of our society, and this challenged the men in the congregation so much that they responded powerfully. About 30 men stood shoulder to shoulder arms around each other in unity across the front of church in repentance. They asked God to forgive them for not standing up for and protecting women and girls in their families as well as the city, and for not protesting against a Strip club trying to be set up in the city.

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“I was actually shocked, and deeply touched, by how many of my precious brothers and sisters fasted on water or juice during the 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting in 2014.” Sue Tinworth

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“My wife and I enjoyed being in Canberra for the National Day of Prayer & Fasting but, we are even happier with the 40 daily encouragements. Your contribution today is so very delightful & encouraging to others! We have a Home Group [with people from] across four churches and three different denominations. The whole 40 Day package of fun is a joy to share!  We are in an evangelical outreach and your efforts boost our confidence. So far we have distributed nearly 1,000 tracts to strangers. I don’t think the group would have been quite so eager if it were not for the same-time initiative & encouragement. Thank you!”

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“At NDOP&F events in QLD and Canberra on 12 March we specifically prayed concerning the drought – especially in Queensland. Later came this text.

Subject: Answer to prayer from Don Cranney at Goondiwindi

“Four inches of lovely rain over 4 days and typical of the falls all over our area.  How good is our God.”

The fact that the 4 inches was spread over the 4 days is of great importance. It means that most of it got into the ground which is a very good result. This is an extremely direct answer to prayer as Don had 1 inch of rain the week or so before.”  Warwick Marsh 29-30 March

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“The night before the 40 days began, my home group (all men) were studying as part of our overall church’s mission, how to have a rich devotional life. The next morning as I commenced the 40 Days, I sent that day’s devotion to the men in my group to encourage them to have a daily time with the Lord. I’ve copied each day’s reflection to them, others have been added to the list of recipients and I’m able to add a personal note of encouragement to press on. Each of the men have found the reflections helpful in building a rich devotional life. God is indeed active in His world and working His purposes out. Grace & Peace” Daniel Willis NSW- Business Executive Director Leading Global Impact”

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“My time of prayer & fasting for Australia is going great! PRAISE THE LORD!!!

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I do believe it’s important to set apart a time for this purpose of seeking the LORD for our own nation! I’m very sure that Our Father in Heaven will reward us… and  He will answer our request! Amen!!!”

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“Thank You so much for the wonderful readings and encouragement, it is so greatly appreciated.”

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“Thank you so much for your diligent service.  Thank you so much for your committed team.  I was in Canberra for the National Day of Prayer & Fasting when this was launched.  I am finding it such a blessing.  I believe that it will be amazing what God does in and through all of this – Our God is such an Awesome God.”

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“Thank you so much for these! We have shared this on Facebook for our church members and Bible Study members. Thank you for the blessing!”

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“Thank you for the e-mail and the literature regarding the 40 days. I have been greatly encouraged and helped in some personal battles simply by having the 40 days flyer with my Bible and Prayer Notes. Through this opportunity to read and pray through the 5 points every day, I have also identified several friends that I am praying for.”

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“It has helped me to focus on prayer for the unreached and pray regarding my own behaviour in the area of sexual purity. I am praising God for His intervention in my life.”

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“Our organisation has been praying these prayers everyday – 50 or so Christians standing in agreement with each contributor and it has been a wonderful blessing. Some of us are also fasting from different things that we put before God or use as our crutch and strength instead of Him.”

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“After we had spoken to the local church here about the 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting one of the Indigenous male teachers came and asked for the prayer sheets. He had planned to join with another staff member to pray each day. He was away from the community for a time to attend meetings but we caught up with him yesterday at church to encourage him. His face was radiant and he said, ‘You know it has been good to miss some meals, to stop eating and spend that time in prayer. I have been praying for my list of friends’. Praise God! We will keep talking to the folk and continue prayerfully to encourage them to become involved. God is stirring hearts and we look forward with great anticipation to see what He is going to do in this place… Bless you in your ministry and work for the Lord.”

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“It is time for urgent prayer for federal, state and local authority leaders now. Pray that God will raise up godly men and women in these honourable positions, uphold with integrity and truth for the welfare and well-being of the people. Yes, we bless them also.”

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