We hope and pray that you have had a great Christmas and we pray that you will have a happy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your support for the work of the Canberra Declaration. We are excited to share with you a prayer initiative -The
New Year's Sunrise Prayer Relay
that we are releasing across Australia.
We invite you, your friends, your families, church and ministry networks to join with us at sunrise on New Year's Day 2016, from all over Australia from the east to the west, in prayer for Revival and transformation in our nation. Renewal and revival must begin with us and in our respective churches, towns, regions and cities. Already the call to greet the very first day of the year with prayer and praise to God has gone around the world.
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The concept of this call for prayer is centered around a short 30 minute time of prayer at Sunrise on New Year's Day Friday 1st January 2016. Check your regions sunrise time HERE.
King David said in Psalm 108:2
"I will awaken the dawn,"
The scripture tells the story of Jesus in Mark 1:35
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."
If Jesus did this, how much more should we?
We suggest starting 15 minutes before sunrise and praying for around 30 minutes (or longer if the group want to) for your New Year's Sunrise Prayer Relay Service. Use the
listed prayer points
as a guide and read the
New Year's Prayer Declaration
proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord as the Sun comes up. Part of the purpose of the New Year's Sunrise Prayer Relay is to raise up prayer and support for the
National Day of Prayer & Fasting
on the 7th February 2016 and the subsequent
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting
from the 10 February - 20 March 2016.
The theme for 2016 is JESUS.
The main focus of the Sunrise Prayer Relay on New Year's Day is to pray and glorify JESUS but you can sing or read scriptures as well. Worship, praise and thanksgiving are encouraged. What you do is up to you. You may even choose to have communion together.
People can join in the prayer relay from anywhere, even their home or church but we do encourage people to go to high ground; for example lookouts, headlands, hills, mountains, tall buildings or iconic locations to pray and make a public declaration of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Part of the vision is to
light a candle or shine a light at each location at the beginning of the prayer session exactly 15 minutes before Sunrise. In certain areas it might be possible to use a maritime flare but we will need to be in compliance with any fire regulations and state laws so possibly a candle, torches, lanterns, legal pyrotechnics, glow sticks or something else which is symbolic of, prayer, revival and Jesus the light of the world.
The Canberra Declaration website home page says
the purpose of the Canberra Declaration is to "encourage prayer" and "unify the Christian Community to make a stand for Christian Values." The New Year's Sunrise Prayer Relay fulfills all these objectives and more.
What better reason to invite you to join us to pray for our nation and our world as the first light of 2016 hits our shores?
lease also pass the call to prayer through to your friends and networks and
Together we can make a difference.