With the federal election only weeks away, there’s a call for Christians to be prayerful about the outcome. Going forward, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and pray for His name to be glorified in Australia. We know that the government is on His shoulders, and that He can do miracles in parliament.
Prayer movements provide tremendous resources to help believers pray in the lead up to an election. That’s why the Canberra Declaration Team has called Australians to 21 days of prayer and fasting. Family Advocate, Warwick Marsh joined us on 20Twenty to explain how we can get involved in the initiative.
The Canberra declaration has partnered with other organisations around the country to help connect people with prayer. One thing they are focused on is getting people not to complain, criticise and condemn. We need to pray in an uplifting and encouraging way, and speak positively.
“You can sign up for a daily devotion on our website,” says Warwick. “It’s another way to be encouraged and join with other Christians in praying for the election and our nation. The apostle Paul said that he wished above all things that people would pray for those in authority, and that we’d live quiet, peaceful lives.”
Paul exhorted the Christian people to pray a blessing upon their leaders. And Warwick believes we must do the same. We are called to bless both the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader. But blessing the parties and the people standing before Parliament doesn’t mean we agree with them.
“Scripture says to pray for our enemies,” says Warwick. “But not all politicians are the enemy. We just have differences of opinion about politics. We have a democracy because of Christians who died and bled to give us freedoms. Unfortunately, those freedoms are fast evaporating because we are forgetting God.”
When we are on our knees, calling out to God from the depths of our hearts, we are involved in making things happen. Because God is the One responding to the prayers of His followers. This initiative is really about praying for God to turn Australia back to righteousness, and that has to be a miracle.
“There are four main points to pray for,” says Warwick. “One is to pray that God will rule over this election, and that righteous leaders would be elected. We’re praying that God will somehow overrule and raise upright godly people. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.”
The second point is to pray God’s blessing upon all our current parliamentarians and leaders, including all those that are standing for re-election. We need to pray a blessing over them. This is in obedience to what Paul said when he exhorts us to pray to our leaders.
“Number three is to pray for a multiplication of prayer and unity across the body of Christ,” Warwick says. “People need to wake up to the dangers Australia is facing. Last but not least is to pray for revival for Australia. We need a spiritual awakening and transformation for our nation and the proclamation of the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ.”
Warwick says our job is not to condemn non-Christians or politicians, because their actions are the result of not yet knowing Jesus. As we get down before God on our knees and pray, we should ask Him to give us the grace to love and forgive, and for our politicians to be full of His love for the people they serve.
“That’s why prayer and fasting is so important,” says Warwick. “When we humble ourselves before God, the scripture says ‘he who humbles himself will be exalted.’ It also says that God gives grace to the humble.”
“You can join with us as we pray for our nation to come back to God and rest at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ.”