Oswald Chambers, whose reflections make up the devotional classic 'My Utmost for His Highest', said
"Whenever God plans to send revival blessings
He first lays a burden for it on the hearts of those
who make themselves available to Him".
This statement reflects the fact that even though nothing is impossible for God, He chooses to involve His people in seeing that His plans and purposes come to pass.
Could it be that the growing response to this prayer initiative of the Australian Prayer Network, and other prayer ministries, is a sign of coming revival? It is exciting that the prayer points ask us to "cry out for a revival of faith amongst God's people" that will "sweep our nation".
It is also exciting to hear of others who are making themselves available to God to pray for Australia. We have contact with an Indian prayer fellowship in Queensland and they have been burdened to pray and fast all night from 6pm on Australia Day to 6am on the holiday Monday. They want to follow the example of Jesus who spent whole nights in prayer and communion with His Father. Their three segments are prayers for families and communities, prayers for the Government of Australia and the Church, finishing with prayers for India and world evangelisation.
As we consider how we might take part in a night of prayer for Australia let us pray especially for all the Australia Day messages that will be given from pulpits across Australia during Sunday church services. Let us pray that these messages will awaken and burden our hearts for Australia which has such a rich Christian heritage.
In the year 1606, Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros gave this continent the name 'Australia del Espiritu Santo' or literally 'Southland of the Holy Spirit'. He did this in the name of Jesus who he proclaimed as the one who "gave His life for the ransom and remedy of all the human race". Pray that the destiny that God has planned for our Great Southland of the Holy Spirit, to be a blessing to all the nations of the world, will come to pass.
By taking part in A Night of Prayer for Australia you will be undergirding the Judeo-Christian foundations of our nation in prayer. Last week another attempt to undermine our Christian heritage was evident in the latest attempt by Green's acting leader Senator Richard di Natale to scrap the Lord's Prayer in Federal Parliament. Thank God that many have responded in support of using the Lord's Prayer.
An editorial in The Australian newspaper titled "Say a Little Prayer for the Greens" on 16 January began,
NO book has had a greater impact on Western civilisation than the Bible. Believers or not, few would disagree. The Bible has shaped our language, art and institutions. Its Christian teachings have informed our development from exploration to enlightenment, through customs to laws, forging countries and cultures. So the practice of beginning deliberations in federal parliament with the Lord's Prayer is not the imposition of a narrow religious code but rather a continuing thread of responsibility and respect for the burden of democratic decision-making.
Read the rest of this remarkable editorial here.
Yes, God is answering our prayers.
By setting apart a night to pray for Australia you are making an investment for eternity. For when revival comes -
"Then the land will yield its harvest,
and God, our God, will bless us.
God will bless us,
and the ends of the earth will fear him."