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Federal Election

 

With the calling of the Federal Elections we now begin a season of prayer which will last up to and including the eve of the election itself on 18th May.  Churches are encouraged to include the daily prayer points and readings in their Church notices each Sunday to encourage prayer for the election.  Permission is granted (with due acknowledgment to source) for these prayer points to be distributed across other networks interested in having their people pray for the elections.  Each Wednesday as part of our Australian News Newsletter until the election we will release prayer points for the week beginning the following Monday.

WEEK 1 – PREPARING OUR HEARTS SO THAT GOD CAN SPEAK TO US OF HIS WILL AND PURPOSE

Day 1 – Monday 15 April
Pray for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit to bring a conviction of our personal sin as Australians and our corporate sin as a nation, resulting in a much needed awareness that as a nation we have turned away from Almighty God.
Scriptures:  Jeremiah 2: 11-13 Colossians 2: 8-10

Day 2 – Tuesday 16 April
Asking God’s forgiveness for where we have in the past failed to collectively pray for our national leaders and Government. Our prayers provide the prayer cover that is necessary for Governments to rule wisely, with Godly authority and in the best interests of all people who make up our nation. When it is not forthcoming, Governments can fall into chaos and confusion but when properly in place righteousness and justice can flow according to God’s perfect will.
Scriptures:  1 Timothy 2:1-6 Romans 13:1-2

Day 3 – Wednesday 17 April
Pray for a Holy Spirit transformation of our minds, for a new way of understanding and thinking about the things of God, because as a nation we have failed to give God His rightful place.
Scriptures:  Colossians 1:15-20 NLT

Day 4 – Thursday 18 April
Pray for a significant turn back within our nation to the person and teachings of the One true God resulting in a re-direction of the nation’s ways and moral values.
Scriptures:  Joel 2:12-13 Revelation 2:4-5

Day 5 – Friday 19 April
Pray for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit to ignite a greater desire in the Christian Church in Australia for the Word of God and the proclamation of the Gospel in our secular society.  Pray that the voice of the Church will become a prophetic guiding light to our Governments at both State and Federal level.
Scriptures:  Proverbs 11:25 Acts 3:19

Day 6 – Saturday 20 April
On the Day of Pentecost 14th May 1606 Fernandez de Quiros, in the name of Jesus Christ, took possession of The South Lands of the Holy Spirit, which included Australia.  Pray for the restoration of Australia’s Judeo-Christian heritage as the foundation of future governments in this nation.
Scriptures:  Ephesians 1:16-18

Day 7 – Sunday 21 April
Pray for the Holy Spirit to lift the Christian Church into a greater place of authority and integrity in an increasingly secular society.  Pray that a renewed Church will be able to take its rightful place in the authority structure of our nation.
Scriptures:  Isaiah 40:31 Romans 12:2


WEEK 2 – PRAYING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS IN GOVERNMENT

Day 1 – Monday 22 April
God’s Righteousness  Cry out to God for His righteousness, just nature, and rulership to be established in Australia through the Government we elect, as it is in heaven.
Scriptures:  Psalm 33:5  Psalm 36:6  Psalm 45:7  Psalm 71:19  Psalm 85:13  Psalm 89:14  Psalm 145:17  Jeremiah 9:24  Acts 17:31

Day 2 – Tuesday 23 April
Australia’s Unrighteousness  In the light of His perfect righteousness let us acknowledge our sin and failures as His people to pray for, and represent Him to, our nation.  In repentance and humility let us cry out for His mercy to be extended to ourselves and our nation through the outcome of this election.
Scriptures:  1 Peter 4:17  Daniel 9:4-19  1 John 1:9

Day 3 – Wednesday 24 April
Our Righteousness before God  Let us approach His throne of grace with confidence concerning these elections, to pray that our nation will receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Pray that the Church in Australia will be like Esther and find favour and approval with our King so that He will hear and answer our prayers.  Pray that God would give His Church the prayers of Jesus so that we pray in righteousness, unity, and maturity.
Scriptures:  Corinthians 1:30  Romans 10:10a  Esther 2:17  Esther 7:2  Hebrews 5:13-14

Day 4 – Thursday 25 April
God’s Promise of Righteousness for our Nation  Pray for righteousness to come forth from the Federal elections.  Pray that Australia would be known and respected in the forums of the world as a nation of righteousness and integrity, holding to and doing what is right regardless of internal or external pressures and short term expediency.  Pray for a government we can trust to conduct our affairs righteously in every area of power.
Scriptures:  Proverbs 14:34  Isaiah 26:2,9  Psalm 75:10  Isaiah 28:17  Isaiah 32:17  Malachi 4:2-3  Psalm 125:3

Day 5 – Friday 26 April
Righteousness in the Election Campaign  Let us pray that this election campaign, however strongly contested, will be conducted with righteousness, decency and respect.   Pray His Kingdom come and His will be done in this election.  Pray that He will expose to the eyes of the nation any hidden, ruthless, unscrupulous, unrighteous motives of parties and candidates.  Pray the electors see and take to heart what is right, honourable, just and true and let it prevail in the voting on election day:  Pray that righteousness and truth rather than sensationalism will prevail in all reporting in the media.
Scriptures:  Matthew 6:33  Romans 14:17-18  Amos 5:24  Psalm 85:13  Luke 12:2-3  Philippians 4:8  Psalm 85:13

Day 6 – Saturday 27 April
The Election of Righteous Candidates  In prayer, call forth from each electorate into the Federal Parliament, those who will represent us in righteousness and will be open to the influence of His Holy Spirit.
Scriputres:  Psalm 112:4-10  Isaiah 64:4-5a  1 John 3:7-10  Psalm 34:15  Psalm 37:29

Day 7 – Sunday 28 April
Pray for a Prime Minister and Government that would lead our Nation in Righteousness   Pray in faith for a Prime Minister who will be an instrument of true righteousness in His hands.  Pray for the election of a Government that will be under His authority so that Australia can fulfil in every way the calling He has for us.  Pray that whoever is elected Prime Minister will lead Australia under His Lordship and authority and with His wisdom into paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Scriptures:  Psalm 18:20  Proverbs 14:34  Proverbs 16:7  Proverbs 21:1  Proverbs 25:5  Psalm 11:3  Hosea 10:12  Psalm 85:9-13  Jeremiah 29:11-14a


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:

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:

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


WEEK 4 – PRAYING FOR ALL WHO ARE STANDING FOR ELECTION

Day 1 – Monday 6 May
Thanksgiving, Requests, Prayers and Intercession  Let us begin this week by giving thanksgiving to the Lord for all who are standing for election. Pray and ask the Lord that He would lead us to pray His heart for them. Make your requests known to Him asking that all who seek to serve our nation would walk in truth, integrity and righteousness. Intercede that in the election process and outcome the Lord’s will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven.
Scriptures:  1 Timothy 2: 1-6

Day 2 – Tuesday 7 May
That we may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness  Pray for the Peace of God to invade this Election and that Leaders & Candidates would experience God’s peace.  Pray and Intercede that they will receive visions and dreams of, and from, God.  Pray for the Prophetic voice of encouragement to come alongside those standing for election, that they would speak truth in all their utterances.
Scriptures:  Isaiah 60: 1-2

Day 3 – Wednesday 8 May
For there is one mediator between God and Mankind, the man Jesus Christ  Remember in our prayers that Jesus gave His life for all mankind. Give thanksgiving and praise that Jesus gave himself as ransom for those standing for election.  Pray for the salvation of all those who seek to serve us that they will not reject ‘the truth’ that Jesus gave His life for them.  Pray that in the lead up to the elections many Leaders & Candidates who believe would publicly confess their faith in Jesus as Lord.
Scriptures:  Hebrews 9: 11-15

Day 4 – Thursday 9 May
Do nothing out of selfish ambition and vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves  Pray that those seeking public office would walk in humility not pride as they prepare to serve our Nation of Australia.  Pray that Leaders & Candidates will live in love, humility & service to one another.  That they be unified as one in purpose for the betterment of our nation.
Scriptures:  Philippians 2: 1-11 Prov 14: 34

Day 5 – Friday 10 May
Praying for the character of God to emerge in those standing for election  Pray for electoral success for all Leaders and Candidates who are prepared to walk in righteousness and justice.  Pray that they would recognise the need to be in right standing with God in personal moral, spiritual, and relationship issues.  Pray they would be faithful, thoughtful and wise as the Lord places them in strategic areas to serve our Nation.
Scriptures:  Romans: 5: 1-5

Day 6 – Saturday 11 May
Immersing all candidates in His love  Read today’s scripture and pray that all who are standing for election would exhibit the qualities of love outlined in verses 4 to 7.  Pray for the raising up of the banner of His love over all standing for election.
Scriptures:  1 Corinthians 13: 1-8a

Day 7 – Sunday 12> May
Praying for our nation to be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ  Pray that candidates will acknowledge and honour the Christian foundations of our nation and continue to build around the Chief Corner Stone (Jesus Christ).  Pray for believing politicians to stand firm and profess their faith in Christ.  Pray that the Spirit of God would speak clearly to all who put themselves up for election bringing conviction of their need to rely on Him for all wisdom.  Pray with confidence remembering that God works quietly and continuously to bring His kingdom on earth.
Scriptures:  Matthew 21: 42-44


WEEK 5 – A SEASON OF PRAYER FOR THE FEDERAL ELECTIONS

Day 1 – Monday 13 May
Pray for the Candidates  Pray that all candidates standing for election will come to know the fear of the LORD.  Pray that those elected will walk in wisdom throughout the period of the next Parliament.  Pray for their families and their staffers.  Pray that those elected would be energized and invigorated by the desire to serve the people of Australia.
Scriptures:  Proverbs 9:10 and Ecclesiastes 12:13

Day 2 – Tuesday 14 May
Pray for the Voters  Pray that voters will know and correctly discern the true character of each candidate for whom they are being asked to vote.  Pray that they will choose wisely, each one being led by the Spirit of God.  Pray that voters will have clarity, discernment and wisdom when they go to the polls on Saturday.
Scriptures:  Ecclesiastes 12:14

Day 3 – Wednesday 15 May
Pray for the Media  In these final days leading up to the election, intercede that each member of the print and broadcast media will report the policies of each party in truth, avoiding personal bias in their comments.  Pray that God will make Himself real and personal in their lives.  Pray that any editorial comment will be fair and represent truth and not be influenced by political motives.
Scriptures:  Isaiah 50:5 Luke 19:10 Luke 12:2

Day 4 – Thursday 16 May
Pray for an Open Heaven on Election Day  Pray that people will have clarity of thought and intent as they cast their ballots.  Pray that confusion will be bound in the minds of voters and that they will not be influenced by lies, deception, dishonesty nor distortion.  Pray that truth, honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour will abound in the final days of the election campaign.
Scriptures:  Matthew 18:18 Romans 12:2, 1 Cor 2:16 Hebrews 4:12

Day 5 – Friday 17 May
Pray for the Elected and Defeated  Pray that those elected tomorrow will accept their endorsement by the people with humility.  Pray that they will be granted wisdom by God to perform their duties in the best interest of all Australians.  Pray that those who lose will accept the verdict of the people with grace.  Pray they will quickly find alternative employment as well as other opportunities to serve through other forms of community service.
Scriptures:  Ephesians 1:17 James 4:6 2 Peter 1:2

Day 6 – Saturday 18 May
Today is Election Day  Let us pray that as the votes are counted tonight and in subsequence days, that no ballots will be lost, that there will be no errors made in the counting and that adjudication on votes that are challenged by scrutineers will be fair and consistent in application.  Pray that God’s perfect will be done in the outcome of this election.

Thank you for taking part in this season of prayer for our Nation.