National 24 – Hour Prayer Watch 44/23

Thy Will Be Done 

It is easy to see the world is changing and appearing to be going off track because there are troubled times. Some of us would like to jump in to help God to win the battles that rage about us and take the world on our shoulders, but we know we can’t. We can pray with the knowledge that He can do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think.(Eph 3:20) It is times like this He wants us to be still and know He is God (Ps 46:10) and, when we seek the LORD, He answers us and delivers us from all our fears.(Ps 34:4) In relation to our changing physical world we are reassured that “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease”. (Gen 8:22) We are used to the daily changes of light and darkness, but the spiritual world is different. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn 1:5) Jesus is the light that shines in darkness that can be either emotional or spiritual or both. He is the one who gives us confidence about our future, but we need to realise clearly that His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways (Is 55:8-9). God does not expect the impossible from us. But He expects us to expect the impossible from Him. “God is limited only by two things unbelief and lack of prayer “ (John Wesley). The devil fears nothing from prayerless Christian activity, study, and work.

So, let’s not be prayerless, but pray:

*   Lord, thank you for answering the prayers that you have prompted us to pray, reminding us when and how you have answered them and giving us peace as we wait for your answers.

*   Lord, forgive us for wanting to do your work our way, for not trusting you to do it your way and failing to hear the smallest whisper of your voice.

*   Lord, give us the boldness to pray with more confidence about things we are inclined to believe are impossible for you to accomplish and give us the knowledge that intercession is the strongest tool to break the hardest places.


Dealing With the Evil Spirits Most Affecting Our Nation Today

What are the most prevalent evil spirits operating in Australia today. Over the next few weeks, we are exposing and praying into 5 specific evil spirits that are inflicting themselves upon Australia. However, firstly let us remember that the Holy Spirit is by far the most powerful and influential Spirit operating in Australia today and our aim is always to ensure He has pre-eminence in our individual and corporate life as a people and as a Nation. We must never forget that He is the One True God, who alone is wise. He is God Most High, and He sits above the circle of the earth and laughs at His enemies. Satan is only a created being, with limited strength, but our God has all power in Heaven and earth. This week let us pray into the spirit of Fear.

Think about how much fearmongering we have seen in recent years. Even before the COVID pandemic, fearmongering was an issue. Whether it came from the government or from the media, we were always being told that we should fear something or another such as economic collapse or climate change, to name just two. Fear is a spirit, not merely an emotion. Remember 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”. Fear is a spirit and is cast out only by God’s perfect love.

Let us pray:

*   For a baptism of God’s perfect love to be released across our nation.

*   That every person in Australia would receive and be transformed by the perfect love of Father God.

*   That there would be a revelation of the Fatherhood of God and of His love for us all and that this would set people free from the spirit of fear that is attacking our nation at this time.


ACT Euthanasia Laws

The ACT proposes to enshrine into law the most liberal assisted dying law framework in the country. If passed, nurses, social workers and counsellors will for the first time be able to initiate discussions about voluntary assisted dying as an option for terminally ill people in the ACT.  The legislation also elevates the position of nurses to play a role in conducting assessments of a patient’s eligibility and in administering the life-ending medication.  The bill proposes to allow patients to access assisted suicide without having a predicted time of death of 12 months for less.  This is a departure from rules in other jurisdictions. In Victoria, Tasmania, NSW, South Australia and Western Australia terminally ill people can access assisted suicide if they have been diagnosed by doctors has having less than six months to live, or 12 months in Queensland. Canberrans will not have a time frame applied except that they must have lived in the ACT for 12 months or be able to demonstrate a “substantial connection to the territory.

The ACT was given the green light to legalise euthanasia last year when federal parliament overturned laws banning territory governments from implementing euthanasia.  These laws had been in place for more than two decades. Medical oncologist Cameron McLaren, who is the inaugural president of Voluntary Assisted Dying Australia and New Zealand, said doctors in all states could already initiate discussions about euthanasia.  But the ACT’s legislation marked the first-time nurses, social workers and counsellors could also start those discussions.

Please pray:

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.”  Psalm 130:1-2

*   Let’s cry out to the Lord, asking him to stop this bill becoming law.

*   Pray for the ACT Barr government.  Pray especially for those members who do not support this proposed extreme legislation, that they will have the courage to speak out.

*   Pray for medical staff and their patients who will be forced to comply with these drastic changes if the bill is enshrined into law.  Ask the Lord to have mercy on them and provide them with ways they can avoid having to compromise their conscience.


Praying for Issues in the News

*   The issue of immigration detainees being released from detention remains of concern even though one of the missing detainees has now been located and placed under curfew. Please pray that the Government will be able to produce a lasting solution to the problem that meets the needs of genuine refugees but keeps all Australians safe from criminals that are also seeking to make Australia their home in order to escape punishment for crimes committed in the nation from which they have come.

*   The Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has delivered a national apology to survivors and their families impacted by the thalidomide tragedy calling it “one of the darkest chapters in Australia’s medical history”. Albanese offered a “full, unreserved and overdue” apology to all thalidomide survivors, their families, loved ones and careers and announced Labor would re-start financial support for affected people. Please pray for the victims of the thalidomide tragedy, most of who are now in the latter years of their lives, and who had their lives destroyed forever, something over which they had no control. Pray that this acknowledgement by our government will ease some of the pain they have suffered and that the compensation that will follow will allow their remaining years of life to be as enjoyable and rewarding as can possibly be in the circumstances they are in.


Praying for Others

This week let us pray for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Some Islamic extremist groups are seeking to cleanse the country of Christians. Pray that God’s presence will remain and move through the nation.

Source: Australian Prayer Network

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