Australian Christians seek to observe National Day of Prayer on February 7, this year.
Trusting the word of God which says 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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” the Australian Christians from all denominations and churches will come together of the National Day of Prayer to humble themselves before the Lord and pray for revival and transformation for Australia.
Wesley Leake from the Prayer Day Team said, “We have a vision for Australia where our children can play safely in the streets… We believe the Judeo-Christian ethics and values that our nation is built upon are the source of Australia’s national prosperity and we want to preserve them for future generations.”
Dr. Graham McLennan, head of the National Alliance of Christian Leaders and part of the Prayer Day Team said, “We have been inspired by President Abraham Lincoln [when] in the midst of the chaos of the Civil War [he] called for a National Day of Humiliation, Prayer and Fasting on March 30, 1863. His proclamation read, ‘And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow… yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon… ‘It behooves us then, to humble ourselves… to confess our national sins, and to pray for… forgiveness.’
“We are also thrilled to announce there will be a significant contribution of Australia’s First Nation Peoples at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting. This year’s 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting, February 10 – 20 March, is being led by Australia’s First Nations People. Each day, a devotion and a story will be shared on YouTube from an Indigenous Christian leader. Australia’s Aboriginal people will be sharing their love for Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. The theme Scripture is from Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto JESUS, the Author and the Finisher of our faith.”
The website for the National Day of Prayer and Fasting encouraged all Christians to participate.
The step taken by the Australian Christians should be welcomed by the Pakistani church as well. Pakistani Christians are a small community and even among the total percentage of Christians, majority are just Christians on paper with a weak Christian prayer life. Moreover, the practicing Christians are divided into denominations. The Pakistani church should try to take similar steps to revive the Pakistani Christians.