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Pray for the Australian fires to stop

Here’s a prayer petition I received about the Australian bush fires. Thought I’d share with you that we join in prayer:

“Australia is burning
24 people dead
500 million animals dead
8,000 koalas dead
Over 5.5 million hectares burned (the size of Belgium)
Fire perimeter more than 10,000 miles long
More than 1400 homes destroyed
Thousands of other buildings & structures destroyed
An as yet uncalculated number damaged
10 million people or more breathing in toxic levels of bushfire smoke.
Please Continue Praying ..
God Bless Australia

This is not climate change !!
Experts estimate about 85% of bushfires are caused by humans.”

The news link for Australian bush fires had this to say:

  1. Record-breaking high temperatures and severe drought conditions in Australia combine for a dangerous recipe — a mixture that has exploded into one of the worst fire seasons in recent memory.
  2. At least 24 people have been killed and more than 63,000 square miles burned since the fires began in September 2019.

Suggested prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ we pray for Australia in it’s entirety that they are saved from the terrible bushfires they are suffering from. Please prevent the fires from spreading further. Also we ask in faith that the Holy Spirit causes more people, birds and animals to get rescued from harm and death. Protect children especially in these days of trouble and keep their families safe too. We pray that Australia recovers quickly from this damage and also that if anyone deliberately caused these fires, then they are subject to the law and justice of this nation. We believe that our prayers will be answered in your Holy Name. Amen

One mistake to avoid to when waiting for a revelation from God

vigilIt’s a good thing for Christians to wait for a revelation from God on what they need to do, when they don’t know what is the wise thing to do. By waiting you show trust in God and avoid any hasty decisions.

Where it goes wrong is when you hold vigils, pray many times a day, fast from food etc in order to obtain a revelation from God which was already mentioned in the  Bible. Sometimes is better that you actually read what the Bible says on your situation and then pray for the faith you need. So when waiting for a revelation from God, if you know already that the final decision on your situation is written in the Bible, then avoid wasting time waiting here and simply do what the Bible says.

Let me give an example so that you know how to apply this. Mr. Jekyll is a judge and has to give the final verdict in a murder case. Just days before the final he is offered a bribe to sway the judgement as per the defendant. Now that bribe would help Mr. Jekyll to pay off his long pending debts and yearns for a luxury vacation in Australia. However he feels uneasy about that.

So, he attends as many church services as he can but doesn’t tell the preacher what the situation is but simply says ‘O minister of the Lord Jesus please give me a revelation today’. However the preacher doesn’t know what to say and tells Mr. Jekyll that he will pray for him instead. So an ‘answer-less’ Jekyll keeps meeting more than a dozen preachers and prophets to gain revelation with the same logic. He even fasts at times. However on the day of the verdict he is not at peace for he still is not sure.

Now for a few minutes just imagine before he did anything else he just decided to read the Bible. And he then got to read the below verses:

  • And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. (Exodus 23:8)
  • Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live. (Proverbs 15:27)

So by doing this it would clear in great measure that God’s revelation to Mr. Jekyll is not to take the bribe but instead give a just verdict in the murder case. It would save him a lot of time and heart-break then.

What applies to Mr. Jekyll applies to all believers. It means that we can’t keep the scripture out of our hearts and minds when looking for God’s revelation for ourselves. For doing so won’t help us on our way to heaven!

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