Last Thursday, 26th Jan, we celebrated Australia Day and like any good Australian I celebrated Australia Day by enjoying some lamb with my family. As I was enjoying the public holiday that is Australia Day, I couldn’t help but reflect on how blessed we are to live in this lucky country. We are blessed with good roads, great health care & education systems and a stable functioning democratic government – we truly are, a blessed and lucky nation.
“Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare.“Pray for Babylon’s well-being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.”
Jeremiah 29:7 (MSG)
Jeremiah 29, makes it clear that it does not matter what your political persuasions, the state of your nation and who the leaders of the nations are, we have a responsibility to pray for our nation.
Below are a few things I think we need to pray for when lifting our nation before God.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.
Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)
Pray for security
We need to pray for the security of the nation and stand on the Word of God in Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon formed against our nation would prosper! We need to pray that the nation would be protected from any and all forms of attacks.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
I Timothy 2:1-2 (NLT)
Pray for our Leaders
The Apostle Paul urges us as believers to pray for our leaders and those in authority. And I love that he states very clearly how we are to do so. Firstly, we are to ask God to help them – help to them to lead, govern and administrate with wisdom and understanding. Secondly, we are to intercede, simply put stand in the gap on their behalf and lastly, we are to thank God for our leaders. It is interesting that the Bible does not say pray for the leaders you like, or the leaders you voted for, or the leaders doing a great job but instead the Bible says pray for your leaders and those in authority because when we do, it ensures the wellbeing of our nation.
“We should be praying that businesses prosper, unemployment is low and also for supernatural creativity for those industry”
Pray for the Economy
In Jeremiah 29, the children of Israel were told to both work and pray for Babylon’s well-being (welfare in some translations). We have a responsibility not only to be hard working in whatever job we find ourselves in but also to pray for the economy (welfare) of our nation. We should be praying that businesses prosper, unemployment is low and also for supernatural creativity for those industry. By praying for the economy we are bringing the entire nation before God.
Why not take a moment today, and pray for Australia – this Great South Land of the Holy Spirit – with the full understanding that when the nation prospers, so do we!
Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!