God continues to orchestrate and answer prayer in wonderful ways. Yes, history has been made.
Thank you for contacting your local politicians by email, letter, phone or personal visit. Thank you for praying for the 2013 federal election. We thank God that the Senate will no longer be controlled by anti-family forces but ordinary Australians many of whom appear to have pro-family views. This was not predicted by the experts and we believe is a direct answer to prayer. We thank God for the Australian Prayer Network mobilising prayer throughout Australia. We believe your actions and prayers have made a difference.
Please read the following Media Release of 10 September.
Miracle of Prayer - Australia Rejects Homosexual 'Marriage'.
What is recorded in this media release is only part of the story. And so we join Paul in declaring,
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
Thank you too for praying the four prayer points of Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call. Listen to Warwick Marsh declare these four points in this 1 min clip.
Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call
Some of you have journeyed with us through the daily devotions. Today's devotion for Day 38, written by Warwick, is all about praying into Point 3 on 'life issues'. You can read it here.
We are seeing 'a multiplication of prayer to God across the world' (Point 4). One prayer ministry leader in the USA posted on the Facebook page, "God is definitely working behind the scenes in a mighty way. Every day I learn of a new prayer initiative and am contacted by people doing whatever they can in their sphere of influence. It really is exciting." Here are two examples.
24/7 Prayer Room at IHOP
1. The International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, USA, have dedicated two of their 2-hour prayer sets each day to focus on the Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call points. These take place in the 24/7 Prayer Room and go out in a live webstream to intercessors around the world. Sam Cerny of IHOP, who visited Brisbane two weeks ago, said the IHOP community is really running with the Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call.
2. Pope Francis calling the world to pray and fast for Syria, and other conflict situations, on Saturday 7th September was so timely. As we continue to pray for the situation in Syria, let us be encouraged that so many Christians around the world are also praying. Let us continue to watch in the news for God's answers.
We are fast approaching the culmination of the 40 days of prayer, fasting and repentance. Day 40, which is this Saturday 14 September, is the International Day of Repentance. Because it is also Yom Kippur, this special day will be observed beginning at nightfall on Friday 13th and going until nightfall on Saturday 14th September. Below is an email from Pastor Jeff Daly of the National Day of Repentance encouraging us to prepare and participate in this day.
We want to give opportunity to all Christians to write prayers of repentance regarding anything God has been challenging you to repent about in these past 40 days or in this time of preparation. Please post your prayer in the comments at the bottom of the Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call webpage and/or on the Facebook page.
Others around the world can join you in using these prayers as we cry out to God together.
It seems to us that this is one way of conducting a 'solemnly gathering' through the internet, a tool God has given us in this technological age. Read Joel Chapter 1 and 2 about a Sacred Assembly in Judah's national life. Such assemblies were urgent calls from the LORD to the elders, priests and the people to gather in confession and repentance in response to what was happening in their land.
Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly.
Summon the elders and all who live in the land
to the house of the LORD your God,
and cry out to the LORD.
Please distribute this Good News Update through your networks, Facebook pages, websites, blogs and word of mouth? This is God's challenge to us all, His Church, at this unique time in history.
Looking forward to what God will do next through your prayers,
David & Marilyn Rowsome and Warwick Marsh