National Day of Prayer and Fasting Saturday,
22 February 2020 (WM & JC Draft 4 – 23/01/20)
Our theme for the day is “Together for the Glory of God”. The theme scripture for 2020 is Romans 15:16, “Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our objective is to encourage the Next Gen in prayer and leadership. (Anyone under 35 years + encourage children’s leadership: Matt 18:3.) We also want to pray for the drought, the bushfires and those affected. The purpose of the National Day of Prayer & Fasting is Revival and Transformation for Australia, for churches to grow and millions of people to find the love of our Father.
1. Adoration, Worship, Thanksgiving & Repentance
The first session begins by saying the Lord’s Prayer together, Matt 6:9-18. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 “We enter his gates with Thanksgiving”, Psalm 100:4. We also ask you to honour Indigenous leaders. Ask them to be part of the day if possible: Romans 12:10. Pray for the persecuted, Hebrews13:3, Pray a blessing over Jerusalem and Israel. Psalm 122:6 Let us also begin the day in personal repentance as this is also a National Day of Repentance. Then progress on to the broader issues.
2. Praying for More Rain & the Full Quenching of the Fires + Help for those Affected
We want to continue to pray for the full breaking of the drought in our nation. Some rain has fallen but we need 6 months of above average rainfall to really see the drought break across the whole nation. Last year 2019 was the lowest rainfall year on record with only 277.6 mm. We also need to pray for the quenching of the fires, those people affected by the fires and those people assisting in their recovery. We need to remember those who gave their life fighting the fires, those who died or were injured and give thanks for the many miracles escapes that occurred. Key Verses: 2 Chronicles 7:14, 1 Peter 5:7.
3. Pray for the Return of the Prodigals – Boys & Girls, Men & Women
Families are the foundation for our nation and the church. God is a family God and he is not willing that “any should perish”. Malachi 4:6, “He will turn the hearts of fathers to children, and the hearts of children to their fathers.” Pray for a release of the Elijah message in our nation. Luke: 1:7. Pray for an overflow of the love of our Father in Heaven to bring healing and restoration to those who have drifted away from the Father’s Love. Pray for a revelation of the glory of God through understanding the complementarity of God’s design in creating male and female. Pray for protection for boys and girls against abuse and gender manipulation. Key Scriptures: Malachi 4:6, Psalm 68:5, Deuteronomy 22:5, Matt 19:4.
4. Pray for Leaders – Church, Community & Government
We will pray for each of the leaders and those in authority in our nation in all the seven spheres. Included in our guide is a list of all the Federal Parliamentarians so that you can pray for them by name. Pray also for your State MPs and Local Council Leaders. Pray for the Federal elections due in May. Pray that our governmental and civic leaders will have a revelation of the FATHER’S love through JESUS His Son. We will also pray for local and regional church leaders, including those key church leaders listed in the Prayer Guide. Pray for young Godly leaders to arise in the church and in all facets of society. Please use resource info. Key scriptures: 1 Timothy 2:2, Colossians 1:9-14; Ephesians 3:14-21; Isaiah 11:2-3
5. Joining Together to Give Praise and Glory to God,
Romans 15:16, “Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Celebrate Communion and ask the people present to pray for one another and confess your faults to one another. Pray to God for a revelation of the “light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
6. Declaration of the Glory of God Through Jesus
Hebrews 1:3. “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command”. We are praying for Australians to receive revelation of the Glory of God who is JESUS CHRIST. John 17:21-22. We are praying that men and women, boys and girls’ lives, and relationships, will be restored and healed through a revelation of the Father’s love in Christ. Pray also for a return of the prodigals. We are praying for millions to find Christ. Pray for the success of Go2020 in May and Raise up the Cross in the NT. Read the ‘Declaration – A Call to Glorify God’. Thank you for praying for our nation of Australia! John 3:16, Luke 15: 20 -24, Mark 16:15-20.