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March is the time we focus on Government and the Military.

Dear friends in Christ,
March is the time we focus on Government and the Military. Every month we dedicate articles, research and prayer strategies for the spheres of influence in our society.

During the month of April we are praying for the sphere of Business - Trade and Finance. Should you wish to include your prayer requests in the April newsltter, please send them to us by the 15th March.

Check the website for more information - www.prayerstrategy.org

Research on Challenges in the Spheres

We recently commenced a research to find out the challenges that are being encountered within the Spheres of Influence in cities and regions across the world. We asked people “What are the Challenges that are affecting the Spheres of Influence in your city, in your region, in your nation?”

  • Family
  • Church (Ecclesia)
  • Government and the Military
  • Trade and Finance (Business)
  • Law and Justice
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • The Arts
  • Education
  • Charity and Not for Profit Welfare
  • Health and Science
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Sport and Recreation

Some of the initial responses we have received have been put on the website at http://prayerstrategy.org/challenges-part-1/

Please continue to send us the challenges that you identify and We shall acknowledge your contribution; include your name (we can post your contribution anonymously if that is your wish) and you may also include a link to your ministry website.

Partnership

If you wish to be listed on the website (at http://prayerstrategy.org/prayerpartners/) as being in partnership in prayer with us, send us the link of your website (to info@prayerstrategy.org) and in also include the link to our website - www.prayerstrategy.org - on your website. We shall uphold each other in our prayers.

Government and the Military – March 2019

 

(Reviewed by Marie Ficarra, Des Higgs, Ps. Barbara Miller and Bjorn... http://prayerstrategy.org/pray-for-government-and-the-military/)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross”
Colossians 1:15-20

Introduction

The relationship between Christianity and politics is a historically complex subject as well as in modern politics between the Christian right and Christian left. All governments suffer from corruption, dishonesty, evil infiltration to rule, and false power. The only government that will never have any corruption is the Kingdom of God, which is in essence God’s redemptive reign.

God’s inspired revelation tells us that He will send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began (Acts 3:20–21). In the Bible God reveals to us that He will restore His government, His law and His way of life to this entire earth.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17). All human governments will eventually end and Jesus will reign over everyone forever.

In Isaiah 9:6-7 we read:

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

The Kingdom of God and Jesus the Ruler of all Governments

  • Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God. As Jesus’ ministry begins in Mark, he announces “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” Mark 1:15.
  • Jesus is the King of God’s true Kingdom. Where the king is, there is the kingdom. Jesus is both the faithful ruler and the righteous citizen of the kingdom. “The kingdom of God is in the midst of you” Luke 17:21
  • Jesus reveals His purpose for the right Kingdom. Jesus described his mission saying that He “must preach the good news of the kingdom of God” Luke 4:43
  • Jesus declares the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven. Jesus explains the kingdom and invites people to enter into it. The declaration of the kingdom “On Earth as it is in Heaven” Matt 6:10
  • Jesus demonstrates the Kingdom. Through his works, Jesus shows the power of the kingdom and his authority over the prince of darkness. Luke 11:20
  • Jesus overcame the enemy of the Kingdom. “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 Jesus destroyed the devil, the false ruler of the world, by destroying the power of the kingdom of darkness. He purchased everything by shedding His blood of the cross.
  • Jesus deploys the Kingdom. Jesus sends his followers out as ambassadors of the kingdom with the Great Commission “All authority in heaven and on earth” Matt 28:18 He is the true Messiah the ruler of all Governments.
  • Jesus returns as a triumphant warrior King. Jesus is the “King of kings and Lord of lords” Rev 19:16. He will place all his enemies under his feet.

Prayer Strategy

What does the Bible say about Government?

The Bible says the heart of a king is in the hand of the Lord. He can turn it however He wants, so your prayers are important. Pray it in faith, believing, and remember God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). The apostle Paul urges us in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 to pray, intercede and give thanks for kings and all people in authority. This is God’s command to every believer today.

If you wish to read further about what the Bible says about Government, there is a good article at this link https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-government.html

“For the kingdom is the LORD’S and He rules over the nations.” Psalm 22:28

Who must we pray for?

Please refer to your own nation’s and region’s governmental structure and find out what are your Government portfolios and pray systematically for each. Examples are cited below for the Australian and USA governments.

Pray for:

  • People listed in the Australian Defence Organisational Structure Chart http://www.defence.gov.au/Publications/Docs/DefenceOrgChart.pdf
  • Australian Defence Senior Leaders http://www.defence.gov.au/Leaders/
  • People listed in US Department of Defence Organization Charts http://www.netage.com/economics/gov/USDefense-chart-top.html
  • Australian Government Portfolios, Departments, Portfolios (link to PDF document) http://prayerstrategy.org/australian_government_portfolios_agencies...
  • U.S. Government Branches, Departments, Portfolios (link to PDF document) http://prayerstrategy.org/us_government_branches_agencies_departments/
  • In your nation, state and city/region:
    • Heads of State: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Leaders of the Opposition, National and State Governors.
    • Federal and State Parliaments: Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Senators, Representatives and other Members of Parliament, Parliamentary Officers and Public Servants who support the work of the Parliament and the government, members of the Parliamentary Media services and the Press Gallery, catering and other support services.
    • The Diplomatic Service: Diplomats, Ambassadors, Customs Officers, and support staff.
    • Mayors of Cities, Council Members/Aldermen, Council administration and support services.
    • Political parties and advocacy groups and services.
    • Protection services: heads of the military; military generals and officers, rank and file, federal and state police heads and officers.
    • Federal and Constitutional Courts and Commissions and all legal professionals involved, e.g. Judges, Advocates, Barristers and Lawyers, Legal Advisers.
    • Municipal and government officials: mayors, town clerks, executive officials.
  • Against ‘progressive’ unholy agendas from taking root in Government departments and portfolios.
  • Against the removal of things related to God or Christianity from parliaments and government bodies.
  • For righteous and respected political and administrative leaders to be installed that bring Godly influence in all aspects of our governments.
  • For Government finances not to be wasted on destroying our society, but to be invested in worthwhile causes that build up our society towards God’s righteousness and justice.
  • For the defence and continuity (or establishment) of religious freedom and the right to free speech in your nation.
  • For your country to align it’s foreign policies with God’s heart for Israel and the nations.

Prayers

We pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, for all Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers, Senators, all nation Cabinets, Chiefs of justice and Associate justices of Supreme Courts around the world, we pray for all parliaments around the world and their Members. We pray for the Defence Force and Military, Generals, soldiers, Chiefs, Air force, Navy, Military intelligence and surveillance, Security Officers, Customs, Border protection officers, people in special missions, police officers, detectives, Chief Police Officers, Police forces.

We pray for them to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom of the Holy One our Father in Heaven and in Jesus Christ His only Son, with the power of the Holy Spirit that proceeds from the Father and the Son to flow in their lives.

We pray for everyone working in the sphere of Government and Military to be unified in righteousness for the sake of their nations. We pray for protection to cover all law enforcement officers and the men and women of the military. We ask the Lord to give them His enlightenment to do His will on earth as it is in Heaven. Lord you have said as recorded in Matthew 18:18 that “Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Therefore we bind the enemy from all earthy governments and its people, and from their families. Satan and all his demonic forces have no power or authority over them and though the gates of hell may come against them, they are behind those gates and cannot influence or whisper to any of them. We invite the Holy Spirit and loose the angelic host to encamp around all earthly governments including all their families and loved ones. Thank you for your Holy Ghost protection, guidance and for angelic intervention in concert with the will of the Spirit.

We pray for the salvation for all people employed in the sphere of Government and the Military so that they will be reconciled to God. We pray that they will come into contact with the gospel and that they will experience the love of God. We pray Lord to see more Christians in the political arena so they can be a true witness to You in their spheres of influence.

Thank You Lord for covering all people mentioned above, with the blood of Jesus. Acts 2:38-39 says, “…Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Thank You Lord for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of our High Priest Jesus Christ as our advocate (Romans 8:27) in your holy court. Thank you for the gift of faith. Your Word promises us (per Mark 11:23,24) “Whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! And does not doubt at all in their heart but believes that what they say will take place, it will be done for them.” For this reason you told us, “whatever we ask for in prayer, believe that it is granted to us and we will get it.”

We declare and decree holiness and purity in all earthly governments and ask Lord to let your will be done in each one on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen

For Peace Among the Nations

Almighty God our heavenly Father,
guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth,
and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness,
that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

For Sound Government

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land,
that we may be a people at peace among ourselves
and a blessing to other nations of the earth.

Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the President/Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet,
to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities,
and to all in administrative authority,
grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

Cycling With God

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things
I did wrong, deciding whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die.
But later, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride;
It was like a tandem bike, and God was in the back, helping me pedal.
I don’t know when it was that He suggested we change places,
But life has not been the same since.
When I was in control, I knew the way. It was rather boring and predictable;
I took the shortest route to travel between two points.
But when God took the front seat, He knew delightful paths; up mountains, and through green gullies, through rocky places, and all at break-neck speeds! All I could do was to hang on. Even though It looked like madness, He said “Pedal!”
I was worried and asked, “Where are you taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer me, and I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life and entered into an adventure. When I said, “I’m scared!” He’d lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people who had gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey – our journey. And we were off again.
He said, “Give the gifts away. They are extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did – to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.
I didn’t trust him at first in control of my life. I thought He would wreck it. But He knows bike secrets. He knows how to balance, take sharp corners, how to avoid rocks. And I’m learning to shut up and pedal to the strangest places.
I’m learning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face.
And when I’m sure I can’t do any more, He smiles and says, “Pedal!”

Fr. Guy Carlson – a retired Jesuit priest

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests received from the Christian Military Fellowship – Canada and the Bhhop Ottawa Burning Hearts House of Prayer

  1. From the Christian Military Fellowship – Canada and the Bhhop Ottawa Burning Hearts House of Prayer

    PRAYERS FOR CANADA
    The Canadian history as a nation is steeped in faith. Not everyone involved in the development of this country has recognized Jesus as Lord and Saviour but the principles of righteousness, justice and equality for all had been its cornerstone. The earliest renditions of our national anthem spoke of faith, hope and love as being possible because God was ours.
    However today, too many rely on themselves or the world to save them from harshness of life. It seems that as a nation we seem to have forgotten the blessings and mercies God bestowed on us. Pray for a revival so that hearts will turn to the time when the name of Jesus was revered. Pray for our country.

    Canadian LEADERS
    Leadership is a privilege that, when exercised correctly, can bring purpose and value to those being led. Unfortunately, too many leaders are more concerned about how their decision would play out in a news headline instead of how it can bring people towards the same goal. Our military leaders need wisdom and courage to serve this country and those they lead.
    Pray for our government and military leaders.

    Canadian OPERATIONS
    Our military has little or no say on where they serve. When individuals take their oath, they are agreeing to serve where needed. Some are sent to locations that are not unlike the work environments that many Canadians work at each day, while others are sent to locations whose environments are as hostile as any could imagine.
    Take some time to visit this link http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/operations/current.page that outlines current military operations.

    Canadian CHAPLAINS
    There is no doubt that a Chaplain’s calling is challenging. They provide spiritual guidance to those serving in an environment that tests the spiritual, physical and mental competencies of our military. They face similar dangers with those they serve and find themselves called upon to provide comfort and support, probably at times when they could use the same.
    These men and women need the full armour of God to keep them moving forward and protect them from compromising their call to serve both God and their country.

    Canadian MILITARY FAMILIES
    One truly does not know what it is like to be the spouse or child of a military member unless you have been there. There are many wonderful experiences that military families go through that can enhance their lives but there are also difficult ones. Moving because of posting often results in spouses losing employment, children having to say good-bye to friends and school, and loneliness caused by isolated locations and deployments. Families need a special strength to remain together and to be strong.
    Pray for our military families.

    THE MCF OF CANADA
    The Military Christian Fellowship of Canada exists because God had ordained it. He put the mission in the minds and hearts of men and women many years ago and has passed this desire onto a new generation so that we would take His word to the military community. The MCF functions because God allows it and so we must ensure that we constantly seek His will over ours.
    We pray God continue to grant our leaders, especially our President Col (Retd) Gerry Potter, the wisdom and stamina to remain strong.
     
  2. From Bahadur Rokaya
    Prayer for Nepal
    Many almost 15000 thousand praying with the fasting in Nepal supported by Campus Crusade for Christ. We are praying for different subject and specially praying for government because now Nepal Government apply anti-conversion law. It makes difficult to ministry in Nepal.
    Please join us to pray for Nepal
     
  3. From Bette & Owen Bonney – Warwick
    Prayer needs for Warwick and Southern Downs – Qld Australia

    CHURCHES
    Continue to declare God’s anointing over His people in this region. As His ambassadors - His salt and light , may we prove - in God’s Spirit- to be those who usher in God’s Kingdom – to impact our culture - to see many lives changed.
    May our church leaders in all their different capacities have a wisdom and grace beyond themselves, and fresh revelation from God’s Word to inspire, encourage and bring light out of darkness.
    To be a people of God who support and encourage one another, - especially in the different ways in which each “gathering” ministers uniquely to our community. May God’s Name be lifted up and honoured throughout our region.

    SOUTHERN DOWNS REGIONAL COUNCIL
    Mayor Tracy Dobie – councillors – CEO – staff. God’s wisdom and revelation of creative and productive ways to support our region – Especially in this time of drought where water restrictions have been a reality for everyone for some time now.
    As for everyone where drought continues – please continue to pray for rain in God’s time!

    COMMUNITY GROUPS
    There are many different community groups and organizations on the Southern Downs who seek to serve and encourage our communities in many ways. Many of these have Christians at the helm.
    Please continue to declare God’s wisdom, insights, vision and energy to change culture, and bring release from oppression in its many forms.
    To mention a few (Please pray as God leads you for these “at the coal front” ventures):
    • Lay people from within the Seventh Day Adventist Church held a huge fundraising venture to support their new Mobile Soup Kitchen and other practical assistance for those struggling in our community (eg to assist struggling families with “back to school” costs). They have a big vision to support in many different ways in the future.
    • The Southern downs Refugee and Migrant Network – commence their year’s activities on March 13th with a short movie “the Staging Post” – followed by their first general meeting.
    • Lighthouse Community Centre continues to meet people’s needs at the coal front – with many different issues being presented, where they refer to professional counsellors, spend time over a cuppa, and have a second hand clothing and practical household goods for sale. Mostly Christians at the forefront and as volunteers.
    • Southern downs Local Level Alliance – as per last year’s prayer newsletter – the Alliance groups are funded by the Qld Government throughout Qld, to support vulnerable families. Much progress has been made towards improving the homelessness situation – for crisis housing, and long term affordable housing, in procuring assistance from USQ master student to conduct important surveys in our region which in turn will support applications for grants in the future. Church of Christ have generously donated towards that work to get it off the ground in 2019.
    • Warwick Safe Haven is also the lead agency in this group - forging ahead with real solutions for domestic and family violence. Warwick Safe Haven Inc – continues to bring workshops and develop awareness in our region to support recovery and prevention of domestic and family violence.

There are many new ideas at hand – featuring special guests from all over Australia – to once again, impact the culture of this region and even beyond. Please continue to declare God’s revelation, wisdom, creativity and energy over those of us leading this movement.

    • Warwick Christian College – seeks to bring quality education alongside true Christian values.
    • Southern Downs Flexible Learning Hub Campus continues to minister to high school students who struggle to remain in the main stream.

They especially need wisdom, grace, resources to do this work effectively.
We hope to bring different groups and activities happening across our region as the months go by. We so appreciate your “oneness” with us being God’s people where He places us.
We continue to pray for you also.
 

  1. From Jacqueline Donaldson
    My prayer is that Christians will lobby the government on important issues as the MPs will respond to constituent pressure which is why often a small minority gets its way as there's seems to be the only voice.
     
  2. from James Van Heel, LTCOL, AMCF VP of SW Pacific
    http://mcf-a.org.au/
    Pray for the new MCF Committee led by CMDR Dan Sutherland that they would have God’s wisdom to lead MCF and build the kingdom of God in the ADF.
    Pray for the National Day of Prayer for Defence on Sat 13 Apr 19 that there will be many ADF and supporters of the ADF willing to pray for the ADF on this day and on an ongoing basis.
    In my new role, pray for the organisation of a planned visit to Port Moresby to meet with PNG military Christians and to promote Christ and MCF to them.
     
  3. From Kay and Greg Brien
    Support Our Soldiers
    ADF (Australian Defence Force) is part of the sphere of government whose task it is to keep the Australian community safe.
    Praying friends who know Jesus, the resurrection, please pray
    • For the commissioned officers of the Royal Australian Navy that they will know the justice of God.
    • For the personnel of the Australian Defence Force that they will:
      • know that God speaks to the wicked (Psalm 50:16); and
      • God expects the wicked to listen to Him (Psalm 50:16).

Thank you for seeking God with Scripture directed, Spirit empowered prayer, as you continue to live in resurrection life.
 

  1. McCrindle & Associates
    Please pray for Mark McCrindle and his team.
    Check the 6 key social and demographic trends for 2019 https://mccrindle.com.au/insights/blog/top-6-trends-for-2019/  

Stewardship Summit 2019

Wealth with Purpose www.wealthwithpurpose.com is running the Stewardship Summit 2019.

Wealth with Purpose has a passion to see Christians use their money to invest in eternity and to ensure that Churches and ministries are fully funded. The goal of the summit is to raise up fully funded Churches that are released to do the ministry that God has called them to do.

There are three clear aims for the Summit:

  • More Money for Ministry - Your Church has a vision that God wants you to achieve. This requires financial resources to fund it.
  • Maximise your existing resources - Whether it is your current revenue, buildings and other resources, these need to be stewarded well for maximum kingdom impact.
  • Provide financial discipleship - The role of leaders is to disciple their members to be God-honoring stewards. Yet in Australia, 50% of the population live month-to-month and it now has the 3rd most indebted households on earth. The advance of the Gospel is limited because of it.

If you would like to find out more about the Stewardship Summit 2019, or to register to attend go to www.stewardshipsummit.com.au

Pentecost Eve 2019

Each year we celebrate Pentecost, the birth of the Church, by gathering together as one body, giving thanks to the Lord and praying for each other's needs and the the needs of the region.

This year Pentecost is on June 9 and we will be celebrating Pentecost Eve in Sydney's North:

7 to 9pm on Saturday the 8th June 2019
Chatswood Catholic Church
94 Archer St, Chatswood NSW 2067

Celebrations of Pentecost are being held all around the world. We encourage you to do likewise in your region - contact all your local church and prayer leaders and encourage them to join together on Pentecost Eve for time of prayer in one accord.

More inormation can be found at http://www.transformingsydney.org/Pentecost.html

Please respect that everything in this letter and on the website is copyright of the Prayer Strategy for the Spheres of Influence - you are welcome to use them yourself but please contact us if you would like to reproduce them for mass distribution or on other websites, etc.

The Prayer Strategy for the Spheres of Influence is an independent national and international ministry. We work in equal collaboration with other prayer movements in Australia and overseas, but we do not 'follow' them. Our information, research and strategies are inspired by the Holy Spirit and carefully discerned. We hope to continue our fellowship with you and with Jesus in our midst.

God bless you,
Lilian Schmid
National Coordinator
Prayer Strategy for the Spheres of Influence
www.prayerstrategy.org

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