Here is a hymn from John Newton:
Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much;
None can ever ask too much.
I’m struck by this image of prayer as petition. We still see petitions being presented to parliament - its the opportunity for the concerns of those without power to be put to the ones who can make a difference. Newton is reminding us that prayer is like this. God is ruling over the nations - he is the King. So treat him like a king! Bring your requests to him and make them large requests. You cannot ask too much of a king. So if you are reading this because you are concerned about the way things are heading and you don’t know what to do - then pray. Pray boldly - ask for big things.
Here are some things to get you started:
- Pray for the Prime Minister and Cabinet as they consider the recommendations of the Ruddock Inquiry into the legal protection of religious freedom. Ask that they will have wisdom and courage in their deliberations.
- Pray for Michael Kellahan and Robert Wicks (the FFF chairman) as they appear before a Joint Parliamentary Committee looking at religious freedom - that they will put the case for freedom well.
- Pray for Freedom18 on May 23 - that it will see our network grow and contribute to a better national conversation about the appropriate limits of religious freedom.
- Pray that we may receive generous financial support to enable FFF to grow.
- Pray for Indonesia - giving thanks for the faithful witness of the churches. Pray for religious tolerance in the wake of increasing Islamic extremism.
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