prayerful work

Day 28: Prayerful Work

28 October 2022

2.8 MINS


To understand the challenging but rewarding work of prayer for revival


“After Jesus had sent the crowds away,
He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray;
and when it was evening, He was there alone.”
— Matt 14:23


When we think about revival, we often ponder the amazing outpourings of the Holy Spirit over the last two thousand years — times when Jesus has brought large numbers into the Kingdom, with signs and wonders accompanying.

I remember so clearly the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that came from Toronto, Canada, in the 1990s and the millions of lives that were changed, including my own. Then there was World Youth Day in 2008, a mainly Catholic event in Sydney that attracted 400,000 young people and transformed many lives through the powerful demonstration of the Gospel.

These stories are true and exciting. However, there is something that always precedes these wonderful times, and this is the work of prayer.

Prayer — and particularly prayer for revival — requires work… sometimes hard work.

In the scripture quoted above, we see Jesus getting up, moving and transporting Himself somewhere to pray. He had to do something. He had to move. It’s also likely that when Jesus was in this lonely place, He was active in His prayer. Prayer requires work.

My lovely wife and I have just returned from some days of prayer in a beautiful holy monastery, where the presence of God is extraordinarily tangible. We had a nice room, lovely food and were surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. Yet, despite all this loveliness, I had to work hard in prayer.

“What do you mean?” I hear you say.

Well, I arrived with a lot of stuff going on in my head and spirit. Not bad stuff. Just things that I needed to work through so that I could connect deeply with the Father. I needed to do this to get His perspective and to hear what He had to say. This required work — moving, reading, journaling and listening with my heart.

It took a couple of days of intense focus; yet when the breakthrough into the presence of Jesus came, it was worth it. Prayer requires work.

We know Warwick Marsh and his team are working hard to lead us in this time of prayer. I’m sure your own prayer requires effort too — just like Jesus.

To finish, I’d like to quote from Pope Francis, who describes the amazing journey of following Jesus and the practical work this involves:

“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, or on a journey.”



Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour,

We thank You that You call us into the work of prayer.
And we pray that this work will lead to revival.


Author BioDeacon Matt Ransom

Rev. Matt Ransom has been married to his amazing wife Cathy for thirty-one years. He has two children and five granddaughters. Matt is a married Pastor in the Catholic Church, called a Deacon, and has engaged in missionary work across Australia, Papua New Guinea and the USA. He is blessed to call a number of Protestant Pastors his friends.

Prayer Points for 31 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Revival

  1. To worship Jesus and give extravagant praise to God. Hebrews 12:28-29
  2. Pray that the Lamb who was slain might receive the reward for His suffering. Revelation 5:6-14
  3. Pray for Revival for Australia and for millions to find Christ. Isaiah 64:1-2

We invite you to support this prayer and fasting campaign to multiply prayer, to see an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and revival and transformation for Australia. Every donation to the Canberra Declaration helps us promote prayer and make a stand for Family, Faith, Freedom, Life, and the Good News of God’s love through Jesus Christ His son.

[Donate Here]

Join us for our daily one-hour Zoom prayer call:

DATES: Every night for the month of October
ZOOM MEETING ID: 776881184

Daily devotions are brought to you by the Canberra Declaration.

Canberra Declaration


We need your help. The continued existence of the Daily Declaration depends on the generosity of readers like you. Donate now. The Daily Declaration is committed to keeping our site free of advertising so we can stay independent and continue to stand for the truth.

Fake news and big-tech censorship make the work of the Canberra Declaration and our Christian news site the Daily Declaration more important than ever. Take a stand for family, faith, freedom, life, and truth. Support us as we shine a light in the darkness. Donate today.

Leave A Comment

Recent Articles

  • 30 May 2023

    3.9 MINS

    China cannot be trusted to fulfill its part of the bargain. How should the Vatican respond to the persecution of religious followers, including Catholics, by the Chinese Communist Party? In a recent article in MercatorNet, Michael Cook, having recognised the ongoing persecution of millions of believers, [...]

  • 30 May 2023

    3.4 MINS

    Intention To focus our attention on and exalt the worthy Lamb. Scripture “I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’” – Revelation 5:2 “Then one of the elders said to me, [...]

  • 29 May 2023

    3.2 MINS

    Intention To understand the keys of the Kingdom and through them to rescue others from death and Hell. Scripture “Simon Peter said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to [...]

  • 28 May 2023

    3.3 MINS

    Focus Global Day of Prayer for Israel: 28 May 2023 Intention To prepare the Church to be a ready bride for His Son. Scripture “But it was the will of the Lord to crush Him, causing Him to suffer. Because He gives His life as [...]

  • 27 May 2023

    2.7 MINS

    Focus National Day of Prayer and Fasting: 27 May 2023 Intention Our going with the gospel creates joy for God. Scripture “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone [...]

  • 26 May 2023

    6 MINS

    Then and Now A short time ago my husband Kym and I viewed the Jesus Revolution movie which led us to a time of reminiscing about how the Lord drew us to Himself in the early seventies. It was an exciting time as depicted in [...]

  • 26 May 2023

    3 MINS

    Intention To be a generation who will know Him and make Him known. Scripture “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who [...]