Large parts of the country are going through a difficult time due to the Coronavirus, we believe the Prime Minister should hold a National Day of Prayer.
There is a precedent for this in Australia and the US.
The year was 1838 and a severe drought threatened the livestock of the early colony of NSW. The colonists could not afford to lose any more animals because they were critical for their farming work and as a source of food. George Gipps was the governor of the colony at that time. Mr Gipps, a Bible-believing Christian, called for a day of fasting and prayer to be held on Sunday, 2 November of that year. Two days later, on the 4 November, the drought broke and it rained so much that many people came down with the flu. This 9th Governor of our nation, in his first year of office, applied God’s wisdom in dealing with that drought crisis.
Abraham Lincoln in 1863, called for a special day to seek the Lord as the US was in a perilous state.
We are in a national crisis with this pandemic, the states of NSW, Victoria, South Australia and parts of Queensland are in or have been in lockdown.
The majority of our nation’s population identify themselves as being Christian. Surely it is not unreasonable to seek prayer for the pandemic at this time.
In 1838 Governor Gipps rallied the nation around a unified, proactive strategy; I believe it would likewise be a worthy, unifying and positive strategy to call for the people of this nation to pray for Australia.