News Release (July 6, 2010)
We, as the people of God, must accept responsibility and cry out to God for forgiveness on behalf of our land. We must also pray for our leaders as in 1Timothy 2:1-4
We invite you to join with us to call the Christian people of this nation to pray and fast for 40 days [which began] on Monday the 5th of July 2010 and finishes on the 13th of August 2010 which is National Marriage Day.
The focus of our prayers over this 40 day period is for the healing of the land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the restoration and protection of marriage and family in our nation. Marriage is the cornerstone of families and families are the cornerstone of the nation. When marriage and family suffer our children suffer too.
The future of our children is the future of our nation.
Australia will soon be facing a Federal Election and the denigration of our nation's Christian values is of concern to us all as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. The current political machinations of the past few weeks have been a catalyst for this Call to Prayer. Nevertheless these are not the only issues:
In Victoria, which is our new Prime Minister Julia Gillard's home state, they can abort a baby up to birth. NSW is just as bad with high rates of abortion and the proposed Homosexual Adoption Bill which has been put forward by Clover Moore MP. Yet no state of Australia has a monopoly on vice as "all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God".
We, as the people of God, must accept responsibility and cry out to God for forgiveness on behalf of our land. We must also pray for our leaders as in 1Timothy 2:1-4 which includes our new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott. It is critical at this time that we pray for them.
The Scriptural injunction for our prayers is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
The people of God have a responsibility to intercede for the nation just as Daniel did and say forgive us "our" sin. Daniel is one of the few men in the Bible who had no sins recorded against his name but he still said forgive "us" Lord. Abraham did the same as he interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah. Fasting is all about humbling ourselves before God. The Hebrew word "Kana" for humbling is used in the same context to describe fasting. It is about denying ourselves as a prayer to God.
You don't have to fast every day over the 40 day period. Miss a meal once a day or fast once a week. Miss out on your sweets, drop tea and coffee or conduct a Daniel fast and go vegetarian for 40 days. There are many ways to fast. Whichever way you pray and fast do it unto the Lord.
Please join in this Call to Prayer for Australia. It says in Proverbs, "Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach for any people". Please pass this information on to all individuals, churches and prayer groups interested in prayer so that as many as possible can join in this 40 Days of Prayer for our nation. Let us believe together for an outpouring of grace and healing from God for our nation.
Source: Australian Christian Values Institute