New Year's Day Sunrise Prayer Relay 2016 Monument hill - Fremantle - Australia
Jesus said: “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” John 8:12
What a privilege it was to be part of this first International prayer initiative, where prayer services and reading of the “Declaration” at Sunrise on New Year’s Day 2016, to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives, our families, our schools, our towns, our cities, our individual countries and Lord of Heaven and earth, were held at over 100 locations around Australia and many more around the world too. We only had 12 days notice, but with the power of God and the vehicle of the Internet and social media the vision got out there very quickly. With God all things are possible. I actually missed the initial invitation from “The Canberra Declaration” in Australia, but 2 days before the event I had an email from a contact in the US. I caught the vision immediately and sprung into action. Within 30 mins of registering I had a contact from a lady, whom I had never met before, from another part of Perth, who wanted to join our group with 2 of her friends. I found that very exciting and a real God connection, for encouragement!
God is amazing! He will do anything to woo us into a stronger relationship with Him, individually and together. He does not want our relationship with Him to be dead, dull and boring, so He gives us all sorts of interesting topics to pray about individually and lots of interesting opportunities to pray together as brothers and sisters in the Lord. This was a great opportunity to get the New Year started off, on the right footing and on the rock solid foundation of our Lord Jesus Christ, declaring that Jesus is Lord in our country. We read the declaration of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros too, claiming Australia and as far south as the Pole as the “Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”, which interestingly enough on May 14 this year, 2016 it will be the 410th Anniversary of him declaring this on May 14, 1606!
Our group comprised of 7 (God’s perfect number) ladies from 4 different nationalities (an International group in itself), and it reminded me of the women who got up early, before sunrise on Easter morning to visit the grave of Jesus. They found Jesus that morning, risen and alive. We were also up early before sunrise (starting at 4:00am) and found Jesus, as well– on Monument Hill–as we shone our torches in the dark and as the lights sparkled brightly over and around the Fremantle harbour (what a beautiful sight to behold), as the half moon beamed in the clear sky, with Jupiter not too far away from it as well. Venus too, that bright morning star (which we sang about in our service) also shone brightly in the eastern sky, all these representing and reminding us that Jesus is there shining His Light on us and into our dark world. Jesus was definitely present together with the bread and wine and the Word of God in the Lord’s Supper too, which we celebrated together, reassuring us of the forgiveness of our sins, strengthening of our faith and offering us His power to live our Christian life.
It was a very meaningful time together, as we also sang a few songs reminding us that Jesus is the Light of the world and that our God is an awesome God, and as we read some Bible readings of the same theme John 3:16-21; John 12:35,36; and praying (asking God’s forgiveness and praying for our families, country and world) and as we read the “Declarations” at Sunrise (5:13am). The beautiful harbour lights, twinkling like stars, reminded us that we are called to reflect and radiate the love of Jesus out into our dark world, like “stars lighting up the sky” (GNB) Phil 2:14,15; The lights reminded us also that we must be like the 10 virgins, and have our lights burning brightly ready for the Bridegroom’s return at any time (Matt 25:1-12). In the meantime Jesus says:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”….. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Matt 5:14-16
Jesus called us to be lights “on the hill” for Him, to several people who came by to see what we were doing so early in the morning. They seemed to be drawn to us and were not afraid. One young couple sat on the steps in front of us as we prayed. We said “Happy New Year and Jesus loves you” as they left. We said the same to two other young men who came by and stopped for a chat, at separate times. Next time we will take Gospel tracts and Bibles to give out to passers by!
We concluded our service with Psalm 91, the Lord’s Prayer and the Benediction, and then enjoyed a time of fellowship and getting to know each other over breakfast at Lyn’s. We all agreed that it was a wonderful way to start the New Year and we look forward to good things happening all round, throughout the year ahead. No doubt this year will have it’s usual challenges as well, but we can all remember that there is nothing that will happen to any of us this year that Jesus and I can’t handle together.
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Scenic Hill - Lithgow - Australia
My brother and mother at the top of the Scenic Hill at Lithgow NSW. We were struck by the reflection of the sun looking resemblant of the 'burning bush' there were other photos taken that appeared to draw a line in the sky from the bottom of the Scenic Hill and ended in the midst of the glow of the sunrise. Shirley-anne Greenhalgh
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Surfers paradise - Queensland - Australia
Thanks for the report, Amazing response. Yes, imagine what could happen with 12 months of planning!
We bravely suggested Surfers Paradise because that is where we were at New Year after the death of my sister who lived there. I did some invites through Facebook but didn't expect anyone to join us.
We were amazed when we got there at 4.30 that it was already light even though the sun hadn't risen. We certainly didn't need a torch!And there were people everywhere. Most obviously had been partying all night; some were sleeping on the beach. We stood alone on the beach. I wish I had brought a banner or something in case someone was looking for a prayer rather than a pick-up!!
Then a friend arrived who wasn't a Christian. Clouds covered the sunrise but then we momentarily saw the sun rising so we read the Declaration together. Then I asked David and Linda what I could pray for them and we did that especially praying for our adult children. We dedicated them and ourselves to God for 2016.
After praying we went walking/running and then met for coffee and fellowship with others who normally do this on a Friday morning.
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 saddleback mountain lookout - Kiama - Australia
Saddleback Intercessors were joined by a group from the Increase Church Albion Park.
After following the instructions that we received from the "Prayer Relay" we had a time of praise and worship accompanied by guitar music. We had communion and also got a word from the Lord regarding "forgiveness".
Saddleback Intercessors meets to pray on Saddleback Mountain on the first Saturday of the month at 7am.
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Swan reach - Victoria - Australia
My husband and I prayed from Swan Reach Vic, just the 2 of us, but felt we were praying in agreement with many others. We also felt to begin each New Year this way. your email confirms both these things. Jackie Nair
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 batemans bay - NSW - Australia
Just to let you know that the New Years Day Sunrise Prayer was held on the beautiful Batemans Bay waterfront from 5.30am to 6am.
Eight people attended from five churches including the Catholic Church.
We began by remembering the Christian witness onboard the First Fleet that passed only a few miles offshore from where we stood over two hundred years ago, and giving thanks for the great Christian blessing it was to bestow on the new land.
It ended with our singing The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for the opportunity to declare Jesus is Lord in such a public and communal way, and to dedicate 2016 to Jesus for his glory.
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Lake kurwongbah - Queensland - Australia
My husband and I set off before sunrise this morning in a double kayak on Lake Kurwongbah, Queensland To pray the Australian and Global Prayer Declarations as the sun was rising.... loved it. Very happy to have been part of it ..... God's got 2016!
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Kiama lighthouse - Kiama - Australia
Our Heavenly Father is Good Always! We where honoured to have the attendance of 7 prayer warriors in Kiama Lighthouse, representing the depth and breath of our community. We praised and worshipped our Lord and as the sun arose we declared our Land our cities our neighbourhood's for special protection and blessings lifted our leaders ;secular and religious, local and global, state and federal, we lifted our youth, our families, fathers and mothers, to be protected and to be released in 2016 to be sowers, gatherers and harvesters for those that God has called to the Banquet. We prayed for our churches to have their robes hurdled and their lights full of oil and not to fall asleep , specially now when the time is ripe for harvest; as Christians become more polarised from our mainstream media, education,political and social system those that have plenty of oil in their lamps will shine brightly and attract those that Jesus is calling to his fold! 2016 will see Gods favour on those that fear not! We live in unprecedented times. In our prayers we lifted the nation of Israel and the U.S., we declared that we recognise that the founding fathers - pilgrims via the Mayflower declaration declared America a nation born to evangelise the world in freedom .... Choice....these principles we value so much in Australia and yet are taken for granted, thank God we don't have tyrants and despots running our nation but we prayed that Australia is and will be forever the great Southern Land of the Holy Spirit! We prayed for the Syrian refugees that , our lord will snuff out any fires of hatred, fear , indoctrination , ideologies , demonic possessions from these traumatised people and that LOVE will conquer them as they enter into Australia, Germany, US , we are aware that like Trojan horses some with evil intent will enter these countries but we have a God that will snuff out , quench the evil intents and LOVE will conquer their minds, souls and bodies! hallelujah to our King who teaches us to love , there is no Law against Love. Love is the Law! Saul Illesca
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Dutchies beach - port Stephens - Australia
Attached photos of our small prayer gathering this morning @ Dutchies Beach, Port Stephens, NSW.
It was an amazing time in the Lord. Apart from prayer, worship, the Declaration and Bible Readings that focused on our area, Australia, persecuted Christians and Israel, we blew the shofar as the sun rose. We have claimed this precious divine time again next year but with a change in venue, to the highest possible place in Pt Stephens and more time to organise it.
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Manly beach - Sydney - Australia
Manly Beach - Sunrise prayer rally report
Four of us met at 5:30am and set up banners in the sand of Manly Beach representing the Blood of Jesus, Living Water, Israel, Victory and white horses, Lion and Eagle (apostolic and prophetic), and Elohim.
We lit tea light candles and prepared in prayer for the day committing all to God…especially for unity of declaration and purpose with all other groups, God’s name being honoured and His will and purposes to come forth.
Worship songs included ‘Be Still and Know that I am God’ and Glorify Your name’.
One lady was given a scripture before she came being Isaiah 33 reading that God sees all and is rising up.
We read the Declaration together and then went into prayer for all the categories listed plus prayer for Jerusalem and Israel.
We then took communion to seal it all in Jesus’/Yeshua's name.
Some of the communion wine and bread was dropped into the ocean with prayer and proclamation and short and long shofars blown.
It was truly a beautiful and majestic morning. Thank you for your faithfulness in hearing God and following through.
new years day sunrise prayer relay 2016 Ballinger - Texas - USA
Attached are a few photos from our sunrise prayer. It turned out to be just my husband and I, but still very powerful and such a blessing to pray over our city, county, state and nation! I have a short video but will have to try and send separately due to size.
Blessings to all who helped organize this prayer relay!!