by Dr Graham McLennan, Co-Founder, Christian Heritage Research
God, in his sovereignty and eternal plans and purposes, has blessed Australia with a rich Christian heritage.
“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. … Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands” (Psalm 78:4,7)
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12).
Robert Evans, Australia’s foremost expert on Prayer and Revival, has written an extensive range of books documenting revival which can be downloaded here including these two books:
1. ‘Early Evangelical Revivals in Australia’ by Robert Evans (2000,2007)
This book tells the story of movements of the Holy Spirit in this southern land up to 1880. The various denominations grew as a result of immigration from the British Isles. Most of the Protestant churches were boosted because of revivals which had occurred in the “Home Lands”. Varying Church growth also flowed from the revivals in Australia.
In this book, these revivals are described, and other observations are included at the end. It is the author’s hope that the account of these revivals will not only illuminate Australia’s own history, but also, stir Australians to pray for greater movements of the Holy Spirit today, and in the future.
2. ‘Evangelism and Revivals in Australia 1880 to 1914’ by Robert Evans (2005)
This book seeks to outline the main features of evangelism and revivals in Australia in this period before the First World War. It was the hey-day of evangelicalism in Australia thus far. Hopefully other more detailed studies will be presented later into other aspects of this subject.
The examples of the NSW Government calling for a Day of Humiliation and Prayer after prolonged drought and of Thanksgiving in 1895 when rains fell, are documented here.
Even our first Commonwealth Parliament was a Christian Service.
Further resources on Our Christian Heritage can be viewed here and at the CHR Revivals webpage. It is not surprising then that Scot Morrison when he was Treasurer prayed for rain at the Australian National Prayer Breakfast on 29 May 2018. Since he became Prime Minister and called for prayer again, our city has received well over 150mms of rain!
Recently each Member and Senator received a specially bound Bible. None were rejected!
Is God preparing this land for revival? Even as convicts were coming to this nation, revival broke out on two convict ships, the Earl Grey and Theresa. Please read this book. If God can save a shipload of convicts, surely, he can save our nation. Though it has to have the right leadership! Look at former atheist GG Bill Hayden who has recently become a Christian.
Next year we celebrate National Christian Heritage Sunday on 3 February. It will be the 231st anniversary of the first known Christian service held on Australian soil, which was conducted by the Reverend Richard Johnson on the 3 February 1788.
Remember, it was Karl Marx who believed that a people who don’t know their history can easily be persuaded!
Our Heavenly Father, Australia has been richly blessed by your goodness and mercy. There is so much as a nation for which we need to give thanks to you. We reflect on our parliamentary democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and worship, our legal system and the independence of our courts of law. Today may we pause and recognise the Lord’s benefits to this nation and give you thanks for our Christian heritage that has made Australia the great nation it is today. As we look to the future may we seek together to preserve our Christian heritage. May we continue to love and serve you for the good of all and the honour of your name.
Our loving Heavenly Father we come before you individually and as a nation to thank you for your goodness to us, as we continue to proclaim your loving and merciful message of salvation, brought to this country by your servant the Reverend Richard Johnson and for the Christian faith that was established throughout this land by our pioneers. Revive us O Lord! Amen.
Watch Why a National Day of Prayer www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEykOBmZ4Yc
Canberra Declaration Daily Prayer Points for October
- AWAKENING to Christ: Renewal in the Church and Revival in the Nation – with millions coming to Christ. John 3:16
- AWAKENING for Marriage: Renewal of marriages and restoration of marriage. Ephesians 5: 25 -32
- AWAKENING for Family: Renewal and healing for families. Isaiah 61:1
To receive the devotions daily, sign up here.
To see full List of Prayer Points: Download AWAKENING Poster
To comment and read past devotions, visit daily devotional blog here.
To join the AWAKENING Daily Zoom Video 1-hour Prayer Call 8AM & 7PM AEDT Time (NSW time).
Night Prayer Call, led by Next Gen Prayer Leaders, use this Zoom Link: URL: https://zoom.us/j/6038035400
ZOOM MEETING ID: 603-803-5400 or click this link for info.