"On March 30, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of prayer and fasting, in which he addressed what he called the need for "our national reformation as a whole people."
Our leaders in Australia have not come to that position, but that does not mean we the people cannot urgently call on God in prayer and fasting and ask for His intervention to avert the crisis currently facing Australian society.
"We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God," Lincoln said, adding that it was our duty "to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness...."
How can we as Australians in 2016 do any less? Please continue or join churches, organizations, and individuals around Australia in this month October 2016 for a month of prayer and fasting. "It is time that we, as Christians, recognize our need to repent of our own wickedness and cry out to the Lord for forgiveness - and that He might heal our broken land (2 Chronicles 7:14)."
We should heed the voices of the King of Nineveh and President Lincoln. They knew that God was the only one who could save us.
Canberra Declaration - Oct Call for Prayer and Fasting for Marriage