Australian Marriage Declaration November 2013
We gather together today firstly to declare that marriage is a holy covenant given by God (Hebrews 13:4). The Bible begins in Genesis with the gift of marriage and ends in Revelation with the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Gen 2:24; Rev 19:7-9). The scriptures show that marriage between a man and a woman is a great mystery and an insight into the relationship between Christ and His Bride, which is the Church (Eph 5:22-33).
Sexual difference is at the heart of marriage. Jesus said ”Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said that for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” (Matt 19:4-6, Eph 5:31, Gen 2:24).
We live in a time of great challenge to marriage. We are here to declare the sovereignty of God in the midst of this challenge and give praise to God as Jehoshaphat instructed the singers who went before the army to say, “Give thanks to God for his mercy endures forever” (Jeremiah 32:17; 2 Chronicles 20:21).
We ask, through the blood of Christ, that our nation be spared from every attempt to distort the true meaning of the holy covenant of marriage. Forgive us for our sins (Revelations 12:11).
We invoke the blessing, mercy and healing love of God over all marriages, families and all the children of Australia in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father in Heaven, we pray for Your continuing grace upon our nation Australia. We pray that marriage will remain in our nation’s laws as a lifelong covenant mutually entered into between a man and a woman according to God’s Word.
We dedicate ourselves afresh to be filled with the life, light, truth and love of God, asking You to soften our hearts, mind and will. Give us the desire to follow Your ways through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Purify our nation’s sexual relationships, that all Australians may live under the blessings of the new covenant made possible through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
We ask You to deliver us from our sins and iniquities and restore our marriages. We pray for a marriage revolution in Australia and a revival of love in Australian families. We pray that Australia may become the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit; a holy nation living under the lordship of Jesus Christ. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Strategy for COVENANT restoration of marriages
- marriages to be blessed and grow in God’s Word, humility, forgiveness, truth, and authority, and for grace in family relationships – see Ephesians 5
- explore God’s covenant mandate for Australia in Marriage and every area of Kingdom life – pray in Christ’s Righteous Rule and reign into every area of relationships especially Marriage and family – see book Ephesians especially chapter 1
- deal with our heart pain/ sin/ iniquity issues at the cross – allow Holy Spirit to bring circumcision & repentance individually and for our nation as we AWAKE to greater Christ Consciousness & authority – see 2 Chron 7:14
- repent of and pray into the 7 ‘ítes’ that block heart intimacy with God and obstruct grace in relationships, & keep us from God’s inheritance – Fear, Rejection, Shame, Worthlessness, Insecurity, Defilement and Hopelessness – see Psalm 34
- cross over into the Promised land of Blessing that Christ has already purchased for us to live in, to give glory to God in and through our marriages and families – restoration of broken dreams –see Exodus 20:5-6; Malachi 4:6
National Day of Purity and Humiliation
November 29-30th 2013 from sunset to sunset
We declare that it’s time to seek God’s Purity for our nation. We as believers in Christ join together in homes, churches and places of prayer, to worship and focus on the Holiness of our God. We acknowledge our deep need for His help in order for us to follow His righteous ways.
We recognize that the worldly culture has infiltrated our hearts and thinking, our homes, the Body of Christ and our nation. As God’s people, we humble ourselves before the Lord and seek His face and repent of; breaking covenant with God, immorality, bloodshed, lust of the eyes, pride of life, and not resisting the temptations of the evil one through entertainment and advertising. We repent of not living by God’s standards in His Word, including His definition of marriage, and of not partaking of His Holiness.
We choose this day to turn back into covenant relationship with God, and to leave our old sinful ways behind us. We seek God’s forgiveness and pray that God will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land, giving us grace to submit to follow Christ’s ways of Purity for His name’s sake, making changes in our lifestyles, through the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We devote ourselves to sincerely follow His ways as Christ’s Bride, in preparation for His soon return.
Prayer asking for God’s Mercy, Redemption and Restoration
Heavenly Father, we recognise in your Word, your loving warnings to your people Israel, and also through Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, and the writings of the New Testament Apostles to the New Covenant believers, that there are serious consequences outlined in your Holy Scriptures for breaking covenant with you. We acknowledge our sin and pray this day, as we turn away from the world and repent of our fleshly ways, and we seek your forgiveness and desire for you Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, to purge and purify our hearts through the fire of your Holy Spirit, to bring us into a committed covenant relationship with you, to follow your ways of Purity, and to walk in the Holy Spirit as true sons and daughters of the Living God.
We pray this day that you will illuminate the darkened thinking of our minds, and open the eyes of our hearts and understanding by the light and revelation of your Holy Spirit through your Word, that we will heed the seriousness of this hour, in the Fear of the Lord and your wisdom.
Turn us back to be devoted to you, change our tastes, rewire our responses, and channel our passions into worshipping you alone we pray, so that we can desire to come to know you; our Holy and Pure God, and give us the grace to receive the love of your Truth that we might be saved. Open our spiritual ears that we might hear and obey your voice, before it is too late for you to turn back the flood of evil in this hour.
We pray for your divine intervention to heal and soften our hearts, that we might love you, confess how we have fallen short of your Word, and receive your forgiveness through the power of your sinless atoning blood that you shed at Calvary, Lord Jesus. Give us the grace to forgive ourselves for our foolish ways, and others who have defiled us, so that we might enter into the blessing of your joy and peace. Father, we plead your everlasting love for us and the precious blood of your Son Christ Jesus, and the blood of your covenant with us. May the blood of Jesus be precious in your sight on our behalf; please deliver us from the iniquities of our past generations, personally, of our cities and nation. Remember us for mercy. Reveal your might, your power and your goodness in our day, for the knowledge of the glory of God to cover our city, nation and the whole earth, as the waters cover the sea. We pray this in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Some Key Scriptures to help you discover God’s heart on the issue of Purity & His strategy for us to be restored- please explore as the Holy Spirit leads you during the day; we started at Isa 59:16-21:-
Deut 28; Deut 29; 2 Chr 7:13-15; Neh 1:2-7; Ps 23:3; Ps 32; Ps 45; Ps 51; Ps 66:16-20; Isa 11:2-5; Isa 9 ; Isa 29:11-13; Isa 53; Isa 57 ; Isa 58; Isa 59:12-21; Jer 6:16-19; Jer 10:1-11, 14, 21-24; Jer 11:1-8, Dan 9; Hos 2; Hos 14; Matt 5:8, 27-32; Matt 19:7-12; Mark 10:2-12; Acts 3:19; Rom 12; Rom 13; 1 Cor 2; (1 Cor 5:1-6, 9-13); (1 Cor 6:9-11); (2 Cor 6:1, 4-8, 14-18); (2 Cor 7:1); (2 Cor 11:1-3); Eph 5; Gal 5; (2 Thes 2:10); Heb 12; James 4; Rev 3:19-21;
May you discover the goodness, mercy and blessing of our God on this day and see your prayers answered and Christ glorified,
In Christ’s Love,