Good News Update 145 - 28th December 2015

Let the light of JESUS shine in 2016 


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?
Please also pass the call to prayer through to your friends and networks and through Facebook . Together we can make a difference. 
Yours for Revival and Transformation for Australia
Warwick Marsh & Ben Pratt
Canberra Declaration 
phone 07 3422 0969 or 0418 225 212
New Year's Sunrise Prayer Declaration,
Logistics & Prayer Point's
Declaration - New Year's Sunrise Prayer Relay
We declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, Lord of our families,
Lord of our homes, Lord of our schools, Lord of our towns,
Lord of our cities, Lord of Australia and Lord of all of heaven and earth.
We thank you for our nation and we pray that revival
and transformation would come to Australia and you
would grant us the gift of repentance and bring
healing to the land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
We pray for our national leaders, state leaders,
local government leaders and church leaders
and we bless them in the name of the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We pray for a great proclamation of the gospel
of the lord Jesus Christ in Australia.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son
that whoever would believe in Him
would not perish but have everlasting life".
In declaring Jesus Christ as Lord of Australia and our
individual lives we dedicate 2016 to Jesus for His glory.

Prayer Points for Australia
1. The Nation
2. The Church
3. City/Region/Town
4. Church Leaders, Civic Leaders and National Leaders
5. Revival and Transformation for Church and the Nation.
6. The Proclamation of the Gospel
7. The success of National Day of Prayer and Fasting on the 7th of Feb 2016
8. The success of 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting
9. Other

Events & Registration
Find a "Prayer Relay Point" near you here:
Register a "Prayer Relay Point" by emailing the details to:  
Register for Prayer Relay updates here:  
Register for New Year's Day Sunrise Prayer Relay Teleconference here:  

Prayer Relay - Contact Details
Pat Steele Phone: +61 433 006 934
Or Warwick Marsh Phone: +61 418 225 212