WEEK 3 – PRAYING FOR A NATION THAT REFLECTS GOD’S JUSTICE
Day 1 – Monday 29 April
Justice in the Church Let us pray for justice to be manifested in the Church. Let us repent of our prayerlessness for those in government, and for the times we have judged and criticized them, instead of praying for them. Pray that the Church will be faithful in praying for all members of Parliament, and their advisors, taking the time to find out the policies and intentions of those in their own constituencies standing for parliament, and ask the Lord to grant His grace and favour to those who would stand up for justice and truth to be elected.
Scriptures: Matthew 5:13-16 Col 4:2
Day 2 – Tuesday 30 April
Justice in our Communities Pray that the rights of the poor, the homeless, the marginalized, the aged, unborn children and refugees be upheld. Ask the Lord to raise up people in our government and amongst those who advise them, who will understand with godly wisdom, and implement with compassion, principles that will meet the needs of these people in fair and practical ways. Ask that those elected to government will honour, encourage and support Christian churches and organizations who care for the poor and homeless. Pray that no government legislation will attempt to compromise their Christian values.
Scriptures: James 2:5-9
Day 3 – Wednesday 1 May
Justice in Government Pray that the person called to be Attorney General in the next government will be a God fearing person of integrity, with a clear understanding of justice and truth, and a heart after God’s own heart. That he/she and his/her department would have God’s wisdom, strategies, favour and blessing in dealing with the issues of this portfolio. Some of those areas covered in this portfolio include:
- Australia’s national security which includes Security intelligence and border protection
- Organised crime
- Promoting access to justice and protection of human rights. Also censorship.
- Indigenous law and justice
- Courts, tribunals and the Judiciary Appointments
- Family law
Scriptures: 1 Timothy2:1-4 Proverbs 24:23b-25 Prov 29:4a
Day 4 – Thursday 2 May
Economic Justice Let us bring before our Lord today, that the person of His choice will be elected as the Treasurer of our Nation. Pray that He would prepare the heart of this person and all who would advise, and head up the departments under this portfolio, to think and to act in the counsel of God regarding the financial policies of Australia. These areas include:
- Economic and fiscal policy and taxation
- Prices surveillance; competition policy
- Superannuation, banking, insurance, and foreign investment. Pray that the policies of both major parties regarding finances will reflect God’s compassion for those in greatest need – the poor, the homeless, the aged, families etc. Also that they would research their financial responsibilities well and be accountable when implementing new policies. Especially pray that in the run up to election unattainable promises would not be made to win votes.
Scriptures: Romans 13:6-7
Day 5 – Friday 3 May
Justice in the Electorate Let us ask the Lord to move people’s hearts to research the policies of the different parties and understand how those policies will affect them and their family’s lives. Pray that voters will not look for money or favours for their own gain, but look to the real needs of the Nation. Ask that voters be given divine discernment to choose to vote for those candidates with godly principles.
Scriptures: Micah 6:8 (particularly in The Message)
Day 6 – Saturday 4 May
Justice in the Media Pray for all those who report, commentate, and opinionate in newspapers and magazines, on TV and radio. Ask the Lord to enable these people to be neutral and fair in their assessments of the policies presented, that deception and lies be exposed, that truth and righteousness be declared and encouraged, and those who are reading, listening and seeing these reports will perceive what is real, just and true. Pray too that political advertising will not demean personalities, but will concentrate on the policies and issues being presented. Pray that voters will not be influenced by people, but by God.
Scriptures: Proverbs 12:17-23
Day 7 – Sunday 5 May
Election of Just, Righteous and Honest Parliamentarians Please pray that the Lord would call and appoint those who are just, righteous, honest and with integrity to lead our country. Pray today for the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten. Wait on the Lord, and ask Him how you are to pray for our leaders and then obey Him in prayer. Pray also for all candidates standing on a Christian platform that they would truly reflect Jesus in their public life and that God would grant them favour in their constituencies, that many people would vote for them because of their Christian stand. Pray that those who will hold the balance of power in the Senate will be men and women of faith, integrity with a true sense of justice for all.
Scriptures: Proverbs 8:12-16 Psalm 72:1-4