A group of Australian Christians are calling on Bible believers across the world to pray and fast for the United States — an organized move that comes as the annual National Day of Prayer is slated to be held in the U.S. on May 5, 2016.
Warwick Marsh, founder of the Australian Heart Ministries and an organizer of Australia's National Day of Prayer and Fasting, said that the prayer efforts which began on Saturday will extend through Thursday when American Christians organize in groups and hold their own annual day of prayer and thanksgiving.
"Right now, the U.S.A. is in a spiritual battle for its very survival as a nation under God," Marsh said in a statement, according to Charisma News. "Secular forces have taken prayer out of school and progressively waged war against family, faith and religious freedom. It is time for Australia and the people of the world to join with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the U.S.A. in this battle for their nation."
Watch March ask Australians — and the world — to pray for a "miracle" below:
He cited 2 Chronicles 7:14, which reads, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land," saying that he's praying for "revival and transformation for America."
Marsh also went on to express gratitude for the protection that he said America afforded Australia during World War II.
"American blood was poured out in the Coral Sea for Australians," he said. "It is time for us to return the favor and get on our knees and pray for America. It is time for us to call the nations of the world to stand in the gap in prayer for America."
He concluded by noting that he believes that prayer can help overcome the current cultural dynamic inside of America, with his message coming just days before the U.S. holds its own National Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual event that is intended “to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.”
This year marks the 65th observance of the American prayer initiative, which was created in 1952 by a joint resolution in the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Read the entire history of the National Day of Prayer here.
(H/T: Christian Today)
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