Call to Indigenous Christian Leaders & Others – Australia Day Prayer 25-27 Jan 2020

17 January 2020

3.5 MINS

INDIGENOUS CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO AUSTRALIA DAY & 250th ANNIVERSARY OF CAPTAIN COOK’S LANDING ON OUR EAST COAST

FROM SURVIVAL TO REVIVAL & FROM INVASION TO TRANSFORMATION

On the 150th anniversary of Australia Day on January 26, 1938, Aboriginal Christian leaders such as William Cooper, Bill Ferguson and Ps Sir Doug Nicholls and other leaders like Jack Patten and Pearl Gibbs organised the Day of Mourning in Sydney as a protest. Large demonstrations were held for the Bicentenary.

Over the years, there have been concerns raised by Indigenous people and others over the choice of the day Australia was forcibly settled by England as a day to celebrate. There are marches every year by Indigenous people and supporters, a change the date movement by some local government councils and divided opinion around Australia.

Australia Day has been called Survival Day and Invasion Day. I salute the Yabun Festival which has been running in Sydney for many years with cultural and sporting events, market stalls, speak-out tents discussing issues, entertainment and children’s activities. It is a celebration of survival, resilience and achievement. However, I believe we need to change our language and thinking with sayings like “From Survival to Revival” and “From Invasion to Transformation.” This can bring a shift.

We need Christian Aboriginal leadership on this issue, and I am calling Indigenous Christian leaders as well as other Christian leaders to Canberra for an Australia Day Prayer and Worship Gathering. I believe it is a Joel 2:15 call. “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly.

I am calling shofar and didjeridoo players, harpists, women with tambourines, dancers, those with banners and flags, to come. Most of all, those with repentant hearts and ready to reconsecrate to the Lord for a fresh move of His Spirit in 2020.

The Lord impressed upon me that His answer to Australia Day being on January 26, the first month of the year, is to use Genesis 26, the first book of the Bible. We need to move in the Spirit of re-digging the wells of revival and Rehoboth, making room for each other and for the Holy Spirit to move, letting go of quarreling and disputing. We can all flourish in the land.

“So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So, he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so, he named it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

~ Genesis 26:7-22

250 Years Since Captain Cook

Barbara and I have been to Whitby, and sat in the church Captain James Cook worshipped in and prayed on the steps leading down to the sea. We have also prayed at Portsmouth where the First Fleet left from for Australia and where it landed in Sydney. I will discuss more at the Australia Day Prayer Gathering of all that is in this brief article, but I sense that we can learn something from the number 250.

5 is the number of grace and 50 is the number of Jubilee. 2020 is 5 jubilees since Captain Cook arrived here. Jubilee is a time of restoration of the land to its original owners, freedom for those who have sold themselves into bondage and rest for the people and the land. It is obviously not a jubilee of Israel, but it could be a jubilee for Australia if we choose to enter in.

Word for 2020

The word the Lord has given me for 2020 is “Plenty Plenty of the Lord in 2020”. It is based on Psalm 65:11 – “You crown the year with Your bounty and Your paths overflow with plenty.
We need to keep declaring this.

I also keep coming back to when God gave Joseph a dream of 7 years of famine and 7 years of plenty. I believe we are entering 7 years of plenty for those who trust in the Lord. Amazingly, there is an article in today’s Breaking Israel News that says that on the anniversary of Egypt feeding the Israelites in the time of Joseph, Israel is paying Egypt back with natural gas.

Bushfires

With regard to the bushfires and drought, we will be praying about this in Canberra. One thing the Lord has put on my heart is that we fight fire with fire. The fire of God’s Holy Spirit, the refining purifying fire, the fire that fell on Pentecost, the fire of God that spoke to Moses from the burning bush and the wall of fire that protected Jerusalem, to name a few examples.

… and said to him, “Run and tell that young man: ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the multitude of men and livestock within it. For I will be a wall of fire around it, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory within it.’”
~ Zechariah 2:4-5

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3 Comments

  1. Borah Lucero 18 January 2020 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Hallelujah ???? yes and amen

  2. Cheryl Milloss 19 January 2020 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Glad to see Christian Aboriginal people and to learn of the suggestion that Australia Day be viewed as a Transformation Day for true reconciliation rather than Invasion Day as viewed by some. We cannot change history. Nations all over the world have been facing Ed with invasion to make them the nation’s they are yoday. The old and new need to live together as one. I support the acknowledgement of Aboriginal culture in teaching white and others of their foods and family and dream time stories and history. The Aboriginal Art has become known worldwide. I don’t support divisive calls to abandon Australia Day. It is a Day in history and is what it is but to maybe remarkably it Australian Transformation Day & recognise James Cook as the instigator of that is wise indeed. It changed Australia & so many cultures now share this country. Recognise the pasta dishes Recognise the change because we all live here now. Reconciliation needs to come from both sides IN LOVE FOR THE LAND AND THE HISTORIES AND THE FUTURE.

  3. Cheryl Milloss 19 January 2020 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Silly “word recognition” changed some of previous script and hence the “pasta dishes”? Should acknowledge the past but recognise the change as instigated on this day 26th January 1988, by James Cook, making Australia what it is today, A land of mixed cultures, Aboriginal, English, European & now also Asian influence. A Day of Transformation as put forward by Aboriginal Pastor, Norman Miller.

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