Pray for Rain Day 8: Asking God’s Mercy for Rain

by Pastors Norman & Barbara Miller, Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, Cairns.

Intention
Putting a priority on the things that really matter.

Scripture
“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honoured,” says the Lord.  “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home; I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.  Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labour of your hands.”
Haggai 1: 8-11

Reflection
The Lord is saying here to the people of Judah that work on rebuilding the temple after they came back from captivity in Babylon to their home Jerusalem had halted because they were too busy building their own luxurious homes.

This was a rebuke. Also, there had been opposition to the rebuilding from their enemies and they had let this deter them. We need to stand firm in the face of anti-Christian forces that have been gathering momentum in our nation. Because the people didn’t put the Lord’s house first, they were experiencing drought which affected their crops and livestock.

The Lord had also caused them to have holes in their pockets so they had no money when they needed it. We need to get our priorities right. As the Gospel says, put God’s kingdom first and all these things will be added to us.

The Lord describes Himself in Haggai as the Lord of Heaven’s Armies and says He will shake the heavens and earth, the sea and the dry land. He will shake all nations and fill this house with His glory. He is shaking Australia with this drought so we will turn to Him, and this month of prayer and fasting shows that it’s working.

But we need to do more than pray. We need to build the Lord’s house. As we complete the foundation of the Lord’s house, He will start to bless us again. We will notice a shift in the heavenlies over our nation.

Prayer
Lord, we repent and humbly pray for forgiveness that we have not put You first. We repent and ask forgiveness that we have not put building Your house first, which includes building up Your people, who are the living temple You dwell in. We ask that You would help us not to be selfish and self-centered. We want to honour You Lord, and we want You to take pleasure in our houses of worship and our hearts of worship.

We acknowledge that You are the Lord of the universe; that You are the one that provides the rain to water our earth so crops, livestock and ourselves can flourish. We ask that in Your mercy, You will send the rain. We pray for physical rain and the spiritual rain of revival to flow through our nation.

We thank You Lord for past revivals, and we pray that the latter rain would be even greater than the former rain, that You would bless the work of our hands, especially the farmers on the land, and give us peace. We thank You for renewal of our land and renewal of our faith.

 

By |2019-10-08T09:44:01+11:00October 8th, 2019|Australia, Faith, Prayer|0 Comments

About the Author:

Pastor Norman Miller is an Aboriginal artist with his own gallery. He is of the Jirrbal, Bar-Barrum and Tableland Yidinji peoples of north Queensland. His book “Reef and Rainforest” won third prize in the IPPY awards in Chicago in 2016 for multi-cultural non-fiction. Norman campaigned for recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution and the removal of racism from it and handed the “Miller Boomerang Petition” to federal parliament in 2013 and 2016 with over 5,000 signatures. Pastor Barbara Miller is the author of 5 books, most of them on Australian history and biography including one of Aboriginal Christian William Cooper, the father of NAIDOC, and one on de Quiros who declared “the South Land of the Holy Spirit” over what he thought was Australia. Barbara was a finalist for the Qld Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance in the Queensland Literary Awards 2018 for her memoir White Woman Black Heart: Journey Home to Old Mapoon, a Memoir. Norman and Barbara planted a church in Cairns in 1996 and named it Tabernacle of David in 2000. They founded the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, a para-church ministry in 1997 as they have a strong focus on reconciliation, justice, prayer and worship and work for transformation in Indigenous communities. They have hosted four conferences in Parliament House Canberra having a calling to pray strategically for government. They led a number of prayer events for Australia Day including a key one in Canberra in 2019. After this the Lord led them to set up a spiritual shadow government with prayer leaders covering portfolios. With close ties to Pacific leaders, they hosted “The Islands will look to Me” conference in Cairns in 2014, have spoken at Pacific nations’ (APPA) events and led the Australian team at the Welcome the King of Glory conference in Israel in 2017. They have hosted Tabernacle of David conferences in the Gold Coast in 2005 and Cairns in 2005 and 2015. Bringing reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles, they hosted Sons of Abraham Conferences in Sydney in 2015 and Jerusalem 2017, taking a tour group to Beersheva for the 100th anniversary of the victory of the Australian Light Horse and Allied Forces.

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