As you should know, with renegade federal Liberals pushing for an all-out confrontation on the homosexual marriage issue, we are now in very precarious times. Yes, we have fought and won countless other moves over the past decade or so to redefine and thus destroy marriage in Australia.
But each new challenge must be faced afresh. And when you have a party that is supposed to be a conservative party in good measure pushing for all this, things are getting quite worrying indeed. I have been part of fighting these radical changes for a long time now.
So too have many other brave champions who have laboured so hard, prayed so hard, and done all they could to stand up for marriage, family and religious freedom. We really do believe that two things have allowed us to hold the line so far: plenty of hard work, activism, lobbying, and the like, as well as massive amounts of prayer, spiritual warfare, fasting and intercession.
Sure, if pressed as to which was in one sense the most important, we would all nominate the latter. Without God we are all toast. But we also fully realise that we must always put feet to our prayers. We must work as hard as we can while we pray as hard as we can. Both are vitally needed.
Many pro-faith and pro-family groups are now working overtime to stop this latest attempt to mangle marriage and fracture families. They all deserve mention and credit, but let me highlight just one. The National Day of Prayer and Fasting group has recently said this:
Day of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage 8 August 2017
On Wednesday 2 August 2017, Australian Prayer Leaders, during a national teleconference, confirmed a proposal to call the Christian people and churches of Australia to pray and fast for marriage on Tuesday 8 August 2017. This day of prayer is now formulated around the Biblical day which is a 24-hour period which begins on Sunset the 7 August and finishes on Sunset on the 8 of August. This is the same period that the Coalition Party Room will meet to discuss the mutiny by Coalition MPs who are threatening to force a parliamentary vote on the redefinition of marriage.
Ps Peter Walker, an Indigenous Christian leader, said, “I, along with many other Aboriginal leaders, am deeply concerned about the moral condition of our nation and our government. The call to pray and fast for the future of marriage in Australia has been in part motivated by the prospect of the betrayal of the will of the people of Australia who elected the government on the promise of a plebiscite. Australians want a democratic public plebiscite on the proposal to redefine marriage by a margin of 46% YES Vote to 39% NO Vote with 15% undecided. This is a majority.”
Ps Rebekah Milne said, “We are going to bring our petition before the governmental throne of Grace, which rests upon the shoulders of Jesus Christ, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. All power, authority and might has been assigned into His hands. We call upon believers everywhere to humbly bow their knees in repentance on behalf of churches, government and every sphere of society where we have sinned against God and our nation for failing to uphold the righteousness and justice that are the foundation of the Kingdom of God’s dear Son.”
Rev Matt Ransom, a deacon in the Catholic Archbishop’s office, Canberra, said, “The biblical precedent for this call to prayer and fasting for marriage is found 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.’ We are excited that this is the same day that we as Catholics honour and celebrate Australia’s first Saint, Mary Mackillop who fought for the rights of children and said, “If you see a need meet it”.”
Jenny Hagger, Australian House of Prayer for All Nations, said, “Humbling ourselves is always the first step when we as Christians begin to pray for our nation. We as the church need to engage in a deeper level of repentance because the scripture says that we as believers need to ‘turn from our wicked ways’ because ‘The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him’. Daniel 9:9.”
Warwick Marsh, National Day of Prayer & Fasting team said, “We need Revival and transformation for our nation to experience the healing power of God. We must advance on our knees trusting in ‘the Blessings of Almighty God’ as it says in our Constitution which is as relevant today as the day it was written.”
Peter Kentley from Christian Federation said, “We invite people of faith to join a Zoom Conference Prayer Call for Marriage on Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 August 2017 to coincide with Party Room Meetings. Among many things we will pray that the children of Australia would be preserved from the horror of the Safe School Agenda that has been articulated so well by a Victorian mother, who has now received over 3.4 million views on a viral Facebook post in the last week. Andrew Bolt’s brilliant article in the Herald Sun, Monday 31 July 2017 called Enemies of Christianity Declaring New War on Religion should encourage us all to pray and make a stand for the future of our children.”
I believe the timing of various things is often far more than mere coincidence. I believe that God is actively at work behind the scenes. As one example, the past few days I have written two articles on the “miracle of Dunkirk,” which coincides with a new motion picture on this event.
In those articles I spoke of how it really was a miracle, with so many Christians praying, fasting and pleading with Almighty God to pull off what could only be regarded as a miracle. The evacuation was expected to save maybe 20-30,000 stranded Allied soldiers, but instead over 335,000 were rescued.
A national day of prayer had been called for, just prior to it, and we clearly saw the hand of God at work in this whole affair. My two articles can be found here:
I believe we need a similar miracle in the next few days. Instead of the miracle of Dunkirk we need a miracle of Canberra. The enemy is rushing in like a flood to destroy this land and hold its inhabitants captive. We need a mighty act of deliverance. We need a miraculous rescue here. And we all have a role to play.
Just as hundreds of civilian craft were used to evacuate the soldiers at Dunkirk, we need all concerned Christians to do all that they can, whether they pray and fast, contact their local MPs, or what have you. If we do all we can, God will certainly do all he can.
Please get involved. And whatever you do, make sure you pray and ask God to be glorified in all this. The results will be seen in the days to come.