A Day of Repentance and Prayer for Australia: Saturday 11th December 2021

4 December 2021

5.3 MINS

You are invited to join the Canberra Declaration and prayer networks around Australia for “An Appeal to Heaven: A Day of Repentance and Prayer for Australia”. This event will be taking place on Saturday 11th December 2021.

You can be involved by praying on the day in any way you wish, whether individually or by organising or joining a corporate event. You are welcome to join our all-day Zoom call any time you can between 9am and 6pm (AEDT) at https://zoom.us/j/776881184.

Though we have called this event at short notice, we believe the situation is urgent. As such, we extend this invitation to all who are available to join in prayer for our nation.


Why We Are Praying

Australia is facing many challenges right now. Covid-19 and our nation’s responses to it have caused difficulty and heartbreak for many. State governments in many parts of Australia have robbed their citizens of their most fundamental freedoms without recourse. Never have our freedoms been so flimsy!

Freedom of religion is under significant attack, with the religious discrimination bill before federal parliament having been gutted.

We have abortion to birth and euthanasia in almost every state. Euthanasia passed in the New South Wales lower house last week and seems certain to pass in the upper house early next year.

Under the cover of Covid-19, the Northern Territory parliament passed abortion to birth last week. Our nation accepted homosexual marriage in December 2017. Legalised pedophilia is now being talked about openly in Western culture and will be the next big battle in the years ahead. Our nation has fallen into a quicksand of sin.

Our greatest need is more of Jesus. On the National Day of Prayer held on the 22nd August 2021, our petition “Lord have mercy” was the most appropriate prayer. It still is today. All we can do is to “Appeal to Heaven” for God’s mercy — which is the title for this month’s event. We take encouragement from the words of John Locke (1632-1704), who said:

And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment.

Key Scriptures For the Event

Three Scriptures will guide our prayers next Saturday, all of which speak of national repentance and God’s mercy in response to it. The first is Numbers 14:17-19, which Ps Margaret Court brought to our attention. It reads:

Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished… In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time, they left Egypt until now.

Ps Margaret Court has encouraged us to call Australia’s intercessors to pray for our nation. She told us:

There are a lot of things on this time of the year but now is the time to pray for our nation for those who are able… You have my support. We will try to join you as we are able. Numbers 14:17-19 is the Scripture that guides me as I intercede for Australia.

The second Scripture is Acts 5:31, which says, “God exalted Him [Jesus] to His right hand as Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” It is God who not only gives us mercy but also the gift of repentance!

The third Scripture is 2 Chronicles 7:14, which we believe is the foundational verse for national transformation. In it, God famously declares:

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.

We are appealing to heaven for God’s grace to be out poured on our nation. The grace we still desperately need is the gift of repentance. Please join us as on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/776881184) on the day as you are able.

What Prayer Leaders Are Saying

Consider what other prayer leaders from around Australia have said about next Saturday’s event, “An Appeal to Heaven: A Day of Repentance and Prayer for Australia”:

Our nation sure needs lots of repentance. And in the light of the federal religious discrimination bill, as well the fact that Victoria just passed her pandemic management bill; we can do with more prayer. I’m behind this.
Ps Victor Soo, Melbourne

We intercessors, as well as Canberra Declaration’s prayer people, have been begging for another time of national repentance for years. So I am very excited about this event. Every generation needs to repent for their time in history… We need to come together in repentance. Times are desperate. We need a move of God. Call Gideon’s army together. We can do that by Zoom, even if we can’t gather personally. God’s power is unleashed when His people pray!
Annie Cathcart, Queensland

I am very glad about this proposed call to prayer and repentance. Indigenous leaders in the Northern Territory are saying that repentance is needed. A remnant praying on behalf of our nation is enough. James 4:6-10 says, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble… Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Humility on this day of prayer is the key.
Ps Stephen Lewis, Alice Springs

Lord, we ask for Your mercy to stir us with conviction unto repentance according to Hosea 14:1-9 and Jeremiah 1: 8-10. Prepare our hearts to be humble before You for Your sake, not ours — and for Your glory. Our prayer is for Your name to be honoured, Jesus. Amen!
Hillary Maroney, Founder, Canberra House of Prayer

We are living in difficult times. Truth is being silenced; political correctness is masking the truth; the media reports only what they want to and agree with; politicians are not willing to stand for truth and justice; the list goes on. Revelation 3:19 says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.” Perhaps the Lord wants us to repent of our lukewarmness, compromising of the truth, disunity, unbiblical teaching, lack of commitment to justice and mercy, lack of real love within the Body, moral bankruptcy, and more. We must do the “first works” found in Revelation 2:3. I support this call for repentance.
Rabi Gunaratnam, Melbourne

We are all in. As you know, we believe in Joel 2:12-17, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning… Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish… Call the people together… Let the priests, who minister in the Lord’s presence, stand, and weep between the entry room to the Temple and the altar. Let them pray, Spare your people, Lord!”
Bruce and Cheryl Lindley, Queensland

“This is no ordinary time. Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
Donny McGregor, Generation Fire

Spread the Word!

Among us, there are many who have been praying for our nation for many years or even decades. Sometimes it feels like we should give up on praying for Australia, but we will not in Jesus’ name!

We believe, Father, help our unbelief. Help us throw the net of prayer out on the other side of the boat. Help us pray for Australia as Moses prayed for Israel in Numbers 14:17-19; the same prayer Ps Margaret Court encouraged us to pray.

Truthfully, we are still praying for the grace of repentance to fall on our nation so we can bring forth true repentance as it says in the book of Revelation.

Tell your friends and networks about this day of repentance and prayer.

Download an A4 poster (pdf) of the event here: An Appeal to Heaven

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  1. Anne Catherine 4 December 2021 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Its a great requirement tonpray now more than ever before.Thk u

  2. Kerry-Lee Angel 4 December 2021 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much , I will be praying for our beautiful nation of Australia and all who dwell here. Praise God for what He has provided to all our people. Thank you for your encouragement to pray.
    May God bless Australia 🇦🇺. Kerry Lee Angel

  3. Sharon Stanley 4 December 2021 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Absolutely let’s do this! Prayer is powerful especially when we say In Jesus Name Amen ‼️
    Amen means SO BE IT🙏🔥⚡🙌

  4. don Hardgrave 4 December 2021 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Could it be a week of prayer leading up to Saturday?
    Why not? Even for those who don’t do the zoom prayer, they can pray.

  5. Warwick Marsh 4 December 2021 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Kurt did a great job with the artwork for this call to prayer!

  6. Gail Petherick 4 December 2021 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you Warwick and Kurt
    .2 Chronicles 7:14 call to repentance remains so vital, so we can see Gods grace at work after…praying many join on Dec 11th. Thank you for calling this day of repentance and prayer. May god raise up many intercessors on that day to stand in the gap. many blessings to you on the team and thanks in Christ. Gail

  7. Gail Petherick 4 December 2021 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you Warwick and Kurt
    2 Chronicles 7:14 call to repentance remains so vital, so we can see Gods grace at work after…praying many join on Dec 11th. Thank you for calling this day of repentance and prayer. May God raise up many intercessors on that day to stand in the gap. many blessings to you on the team and thanks in Christ. Gail

  8. Elaine Ham 4 December 2021 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I have read the prayer of Daniel in chapter 9 a mighty prayer of repentance! There is strength in unity.

  9. Christine S 5 December 2021 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Apparently Victorian Parliament in the lower house has passed legislation, the sex work discrimination legislation, whereby prostitution can now take place anywhere, be it in shopping centres, residential apartments, etc. Removing planning controls from councils, and allowing service of alcohol. Furthermore, prostitutes do no longer need to be mandatory tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and can legally undertake prostitution with a sexually transmitted disease. Lord have mercy.

  10. Paul Ryan 7 December 2021 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Thank you for this vital call to prayer. We should not be put off if large numbers do not turn up for the battle. All it takes is a Gideon’s army, AND God.
    These are exciting times. We are on the winning side…Psalm 94:20-23;
    Shall the throne of iniquity which devises evil by law have fellowship with You?
    They gather together against the life of the righteous and condemn innocent blood.
    But the Lord has been my defence, and my God the rock of my refuge.
    He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness. The Lord our God shall cut them off.

  11. Stephen Lewin 7 December 2021 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Yes Repentance and prayer….Acts 12 and Actsc4 examples of prayer making an Appeal to Heaven and heaven responds powerfully helping the prayers to move forward against all odds . Repentance prayer was requested by Peter to Simon the sorcerer who though saved needed to change heart and mind and get right with God so he could progress as a disciple

  12. Jennifer Anderson 7 December 2021 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Iam in Hunter valley nsw i wil be in Newcastle marching and praying for Australia God bless you all for praying to i would love to be in Canberra put be there in the spirit

  13. Daffy 8 December 2021 at 11:43 am - Reply

    No, Australia is not Israel. It is more like Rome. Did Paul call for prayer for the Roman Empire? No. Sure, pray for the authorities that they will be just, diligent and not swayed by those who hate freedom, but for the ‘nation’?
    Rather pray for the repentance of a church that has largely swallowed HL&S the lies of the deceiver as it pants enthusiastically after leftist control fantasies, the destruction of the family, the attacks on the Scriptures care of the ‘religious history’ movement from the 19th century, and the merging of Christ and paganism as we are blown about by every wind of metaphysical materialism, pagan monism and modern consumerism.

    • Chip 9 December 2021 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you Daffy
      Yes that is how we should be praying.
      The eyes of believers to be opened to the deception and realise this government/premiums are pushing division and tyranny on our nation

  14. Dick Nicholls 9 December 2021 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Thankyou Canberra Declaration team !
    I just read Numbers14 (the chapter) and think it is so important for a time of repentance. Thankyou to Margeret Court for this and your example. All His best to all of you and yours.

  15. Don and Naomi Menkens 10 December 2021 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    We surely are witnessing the signs that are clearly stated for us in Daniel 11 and 12. Jesus speaks about the “the abomination of desolation” in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. This New World Order, NWO, is surely coming.
    In Revelation 11 to 13 the apostle John gives us even more clues as to what is happening in our sad old world. The ” time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation,” three and a half years of it, is surely about to begin. It will be an overwhelming surprise to all who are not watching and recognizing the signs the Lord has given us.
    Let’s go the Word to understand what is ahead and join in prayer to our Heavenly Father for His protection through what is surely coming.

  16. Sheila Scott 11 December 2021 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Australia The Great South land of the Holy Spirit.Arise shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.🕊️👏

  17. Donna 11 December 2021 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    This was such an amazing experience to be part of today. I was especially blessed by the prayers and prophecies of key women of our first nations people. Thankyou so much. The Holy Spirit is moving in Australia! Where can I find the recording from todays prayer and repentance?

  18. Kaylene Emery 11 December 2021 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Only just read the comments now, post day of prayer. …Amazing.
    God has led me to you. So good to know that I am not locked down in isolation with the shocking awareness that every fibre of my being has been screaming for ever.
    Now I can begin to forgive myself for going missing on action for most of my life 😔
    Such a privilege to stand in the gap, with you .

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