Call to Pray for Australia
National Day of Prayer & Fasting
Sunday 7 February 2016
The National Day of Prayer & Fasting will take place on Sunday 7 February 2016. It is a day for Christians and churches from all denominations to unite together to pray and fast according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 for revival and transformation for our nation. See YouTube promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-1x3xJDOnk
Wesley Leake from the Prayer Day Team said, “We have a vision for Australia where our children can flourish and play safely in the streets. Where happy marriages produce happy families and build a strong and vibrant nation for the greater good of all; where the contribution to the local community and nation by people of faith and the church is valued. We believe the Judeo-Christian ethics and values that our nation is built upon are the source of Australia’s national prosperity and we want to preserve them for future generations.”
The National Days Vision Statement The Australia We Live to See says, ‘We live to see a society where justice, fair play and the common good provides the foundation for the legal, governmental and social framework that protects every Australian. And that the same protection is afforded to the ageless institutions of marriage and family and the Judeo-Christian heritage and traditions that our nation has been built upon.’
Warwick Marsh from the Prayer Day Team said, “Australia’s Constitution, written in 1901 says, ‘Humbly relying on the blessings of almighty God’. Sadly we have strayed far from our Judeo-Christian foundations. The fact that one in three marriages ends in divorce and the reality that many do not even choose to get married, shows how far we have moved away from our Christian heritage. The resultant moral chaos is producing an epidemic of fatherlessness and family breakdown, leading our nation further and further into a moral vacuum and spiritual poverty. Moral chaos leads to economic chaos.”
Dr Graham McLennan, head of the National Alliance of Christian Leaders and part of the Prayer Day Team said, “President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the chaos of the civil war called for a National Day of Humiliation, Prayer and Fasting on the 30 March 1863. His proclamation read, ‘And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow… yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon… ‘
‘We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God… we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behoves us then, to humble ourselves… to confess our national sins, and to pray for… forgiveness.’
David Rowsome from the Prayer Day team said, “We as people of faith can take inspiration from Abraham Lincoln’s call for prayer. President Lincoln, by the grace of God, was able to defeat slavery and reunite America. Australia is at a crossroads. We have been intoxicated by our unbroken success but now is the time for us as a nation to return to God. Let us accept the challenge, rise to the occasion and seek God. ‘Come let us know, let us press on to know the Lord . . . and He will come to us . . .’ Hosea 6:3. The only answer for us as a nation is a national awakening and a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ and His finished work of redemption through His blood. We encourage the Christian people of Australia to rise up and ‘stand in the gap on behalf of the land’ as found in Ezekiel 22:30.
Rod Schneider from the Prayer Day team said, “The National Day of Prayer & Fasting to be held in on Sunday 7 February 2016 is totally worthy of your involvement. We encourage you to invite your friends, family and church members. The theme this year is ‘Jesus’ and we’re excited about the 40 testimonies of Jesus told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that will be featured over the 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting from the 10 February – 20 March 2016.” See ‘40 Stories’ YouTube promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YzrsDK1c1g
You can support these historic prayer initiatives in four ways:
- Come to Canberra and celebrate the National Day of Prayer & Fasting between 10AM – 4PM in the Great Hall of Parliament House. Make a prayer pilgrimage to the heart of the nation to pray and stand in the gap on behalf of the land.
- Tell your friends and networks about the National Day of Prayer & Fasting and encourage your local church to observe the National Day of Prayer & Fasting.
- Help organise a pre-event for the National Day of Prayer & Fasting in the lead up to the day in your local area. For more information check out www.nationaldayofprayer.com.au
- Sign up for the 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting following the National Day and be inspired by our Indigenous brothers and sisters to seek Jesus on behalf of our nation. More information at www.40daysofprayer.com.au
Wesley Leake: 0413388840
Warwick Marsh: 0418 225 212
Dr Graham McLennan: 0427 003 549
David & Marilyn Rowsome: 07 3422 0969
Rod Schneider: 0412 127 442
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