Revivalist Lou Engels says, “You should look for the answers to corporate days of prayer and fasting in the headlines of secular newspapers.” We have been quoting these words often in recent times because they increasingly ring true.
Last Friday, the Canberra Declaration launched the October Month of Prayer and Fasting for Family and Nation. The same day, Gladys Berejiklian resigned as NSW Premier. This was not an outcome we had specifically prayed for or foreseen. As far as Australia’s premiers go, we would have said that Berejiklian was one of the better ones.
Nevertheless, Berejiklian chose not to use her voice for the voiceless when it needed most. Almost exactly two years before her resignation, she had waved through horrendous abortion legislation that made abortion-to-birth legal in NSW. As Silvana Nile this week wrote,
“It is a sobering reminder that we serve a God of Justice. He hears the cries of our hearts and He hears the cries of the blood on our land.”
On the 2nd of October, our 25-hour prayer event concluded. On the same day, the media began reporting that the most likely successor to Berejiklian would be Dominic Perrottet. Though the corporate press sought to smear him for his Catholic faith and large family, that is not God’s assessment.
Our New Premier’s Track Record
Perrottet has an excellent track record on Christian values: he voted against the abortion bill and is a strong opponent of the euthanasia law that members of his party are seeking to push. New South Wales can only benefit from having a man of faith, a loving husband, and a father of six children at the helm.
Over the following two days, the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and senior cabinet minister Andrew Constance also resigned from the NSW parliament. Both of these men had been strong proponents of both abortion and euthanasia. As leader of the NSW Nationals, Barilaro oversaw an egregious erosion of values in what was once a Christian country party. We’re not sure how to summarise these events but to say that God has been cleaning house.
Early this week, Dominic Perrottet won his party’s ballot 39-5 to be confirmed as the 46th Premier of NSW. Normally we don’t comment in such detail on state politics, but it is hard not to see the hand of God as we have fasted and prayed for breakthrough in Australia and for Australia’s families.
We have always maintained that God doesn’t favour one political party over another. (See our articles on the Christian origins of both the Labor and Liberal parties). But God does care about life. He has a heart for the vulnerable, and this includes both the unborn and the elderly and infirm. He is a God of justice, and in response to our prayers, he cleans house as he sees fit. We didn’t see it coming, but God knows what he is doing.
The answers to our corporate prayer and fasting has truly appeared in the headlines of secular newspapers this week! If you are not yet part of the October Month of Prayer and Fasting, we encourage you to sign up for daily devotions HERE and join us on our nightly Zoom calls at 8pm (AEDT) using this link: https://zoom.us/j/776881184.
The Scriptures say, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.” (Psalm 146:3). Neither the outgoing political leaders not the incoming ones are the answer to our nation’s problems. Only God is. But God tells us to pray for them. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
We encourage you to pray for Gladys Berejiklian, John Barilaro and Andrew Constance. Thank God for their time of service in parliament and pray that God would reveal himself to them and lead them in the season ahead. Pray for spiritual insight, repentance where it is needed, and God’s blessing over their lives.
Pray also for Dominic Perrottet as he begins in his new role. Ask for God’s grace and boldness over his leadership. We also encourage you to send him a message of encouragement and tell him you are praying for him. Thank him for his stand for family and faith and ask him to stop the upcoming euthanasia bill. Use the Contact the Premier form on the NSW Government website. Choose “Leave a message” as your type of enquiry.
Speaking of answers to prayer in the news, check out this article about the moment that Christian Panthers Give Thanks for Game-Changing Intercept during Sunday night’s NRL Grand Final. Eternity News reports that:
Penrith Panthers Christian teammates including Brian To’o, Jerome Luai and Stephen Crichton – who caught a game-changing intercept – form a circle on the field, bowing their heads to thanks to God for their exciting premiership win in the NRL Grand Final on Sunday night…
The trio grew up playing together in the west of Sydney and sharing their Christian faith. Crichton’s father, Va’a Crichton, is the pastor of their church, Rooty Hill Assemblies of God.
God is always at work. In a time of increasing cultural and spiritual darkness, God is raising up his servants in key areas of society to bear witness to the truth and advance his kingdom values. It is a privilege for each of us to be a part of what he is doing.