20 July – 10 August 2015
Marriage is Under Serious Threat Again
Australia’s Constitution says, “Humbly relying on the blessings of Almighty God”. Alfred Deakin, one of the fathers of Australia’s Constitution and Australia’s second Prime Minister, offered the following prayer after the Constitution was finally ratified. “We pray that it may be the means of creating and fostering throughout all Australia a Christ-like Citizenship.”
Henry Parkes, known as the Father of Federation (1901), had a vision for Australia as “one people with a destiny… we are pre-eminently a Christian people – as our laws, our whole system of jurisprudence, our constitution… are based upon and interwoven with our Christian belief…”
We are thankful for our strong Christian heritage and that is why it is important for people of faith to pray and speak up on the issues of our day.
Marriage is under attack again with the threat of a cross-party Bill to redefine marriage to be introduced on the 11August 2015 into the Federal Parliament. This is deeply concerning as our children always pay the price when we move away from our biblical foundations. The scripture says in Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
After much consultation with Christian leaders, prayer movement leaders and numerous representatives from many different denominations, it was decided to call for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Marriage from 20 July to 10 August.
We are asking according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, for a “Miracle for Marriage”. We need a miracle of God’s unmerited favour. We need an outpouring of the Grace of God! Our prayer will be for Revival and Transformation for Australia starting in the Church and reaching the whole community and changing the nation.
We call for ministers, priests and Christian leaders to celebrate MARRIAGE SUNDAY on the 9 August 2015 by preaching on marriage, sharing homilies on marriage and praying for marriage on the last Sunday of this 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.
- Pray that marriage will remain in our nation’s laws as a lifelong covenant mutually entered into between a man and a woman according to God’s Word. We ask for a “Miracle for Marriage”.
2 Chronicles 7:14
- Pray for a true spirit of humility and repentance for the Body of Christ and restoration of sexual purity for the Church and that this restoration in the Church would then affect the nation. Ephesians 5:32
- Pray that the voice of our children and our Indigenous First Nation people will be heard at this important time. We pray for people of faith and others to be inspired to speak up for marriage and for our children’s future. We pray that they will contact their local Federal Member of Parliament and State Senators and become an active part in the democratic process. We pray for the ability to speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
- Pray that Sunday 9 August will become a special celebration of Marriage in churches across Australia. Hebrews 13:4
- Cry out for Revival and Transformation for Australia starting in the Church and reaching the whole community and changing the nation. We pray for a great release of the Gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ for every boy, girl, man and woman in Australia. John 3:16
Australian Marriage Prayer
Our Father in Heaven, we pray for Your continuing grace upon our nation Australia. We pray that marriage will remain in our nation’s laws as a lifelong covenant mutually entered into between a man and a woman according to God’s Word. We ask for a “Miracle for Marriage” and an outpouring of the Grace of God according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.
We dedicate ourselves afresh to be filled with the life, light, truth and love of God, asking You to soften our hearts, minds and wills. We repent of any wrong attitudes shown to those who want to redefine marriage. We want to walk in love with all people. Give us the desire to follow Your ways through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
We pray for a revival of Sexual Purity in our nation. We pray that all Australians may live under the blessings of the New Covenant made possible through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
We also pray for the voice of our children and our Indigenous First Nation people to be heard at this important time. We pray for people of faith and others to be inspired, firstly, to speak up for marriage and the rights of our children to a mother and a father, and secondly, to go and see their local Federal Member of Parliament and State Senators and to become an active part in the democratic process. We pray for the ability to speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
We pray that Sunday 9 August will become a celebration of Marriage in churches all across Australia.
We thank You that Your mercy will triumph over judgement. James 2:13 We thank you for a ‘Tower of Babel Intervention’ as found in Genesis 11:9. We cry out for Revival and Transformation for Australia starting in the Church and reaching the whole community and changing the nation.
We pray for a great release of the Gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ for every boy and girl and man and woman in Australia.
We ask You to deliver us from our sins and iniquities and restore our marriages. We pray for a marriage revolution in Australia and a revival of love in Australian families. We pray that Australia may become the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit; a holy nation living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We pray this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Australian Marriage Prayer Declaration
We declare that marriage is a holy covenant given by God. Hebrews 13:4 The Bible begins in Genesis with the gift of marriage and ends in Revelation with the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Genesis 2:24, Revelation 19:7-9
The scriptures show that marriage between a man and a woman is a great mystery and an insight into the relationship between Christ and His Bride, which is the Church. Ephesians 5:22-33
The beauty of sexual complementarity of the male and the female is at the heart of marriage. Jesus said ”Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said that for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:31, Genesis 2:24
We live in a time of great challenge to marriage. We declare the sovereignty of God in the midst of this challenge and give praise to God as Jehoshaphat did when he called a fast and instructed the singers who went before the army to say, “Give thanks to God for his mercy endures forever”. Jeremiah 32:17, 2 Chronicles 20:21
We ask, through the blood of Christ, that our nation be spared from every attempt to distort the true meaning of the Holy Covenant of marriage. Forgive us for our sins. Revelation 12:11
We invoke the blessing, mercy and healing love of God over all marriages, families and all the children of Australia in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Warwick Marsh 0418 225 212
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