For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 9 Mar 2014.
Christians gathered in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra last Sunday for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting, Eternity newspaper’s John Sandeman reports.
The annual event included public prayers of repentance for the injury caused to the stolen generation, for spiritual revival in “the great south land of the Holy Spirit,” and for purity of heart and mind for Christian leaders and boldness in proclaiming God’s word.
“Ash Wednesday” marked the first day of forty days of prayer and fasting associated with the Canberra event, aligning with the forty days of prayer with the traditional Catholic and Anglican church season of Lent.
Well-known Australians like Senator Eric Abetz and musician Colin Buchanan are encouraging Australians to pray and fast in the 40 days leading up to Easter. This years’ forty days theme is “activating God’s promises of revival.” The Forty Days of Prayer began on March 5.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.