Australian Christian prayer leaders are inviting their brothers and sisters in Christ, prayer groups, prayer networks and churches to join with them from all over the world to pray at sunrise on New Year’s Day 2019. This can be done at a public location such as a hill, lookout or landmark in their city or town or as a family at home. The Sunrise Prayer Relay already has registrations from the USA, South Africa, Namibia, Pakistan, Japan, UK, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, as well as Australia.
Warwick Marsh, coordinator for Australia’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting said, “David said in Psalm 108:2, ‘I will wake the dawn with my song.’ During this time of prayer we want to focus on giving great praise to God. We also want to pray for revival and transformation, that God will bring healing to each of our nations according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Let us all pray for a great harvest of souls for the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Marsh continued, “In declaring Jesus Christ as Lord at this worldwide Sunrise Prayer Relay we are circling the globe with prayer, praise and worship and surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ for the glory of God. Psalms 113:3 says, ‘From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.’
Participants can visit the Sunrise Prayer Relay website to make use of the prayer resources. You can also register your location and group. The hope of the Sunrise Prayer Relay is that with the help of believers worldwide it will go viral.
Pat Steele, a prayer and worship leader in Wollongong Australia, said, “We encourage you to pray the Lord’s Prayer together aloud as the sun rises and make a declaration that Jesus Christ is Lord of your life, your family, your region and your nation. At your location we encourage you to include praise and worship, prayers, and scripture readings. We suggest 30 minutes, but you can pray for longer. You could even take communion, shine a torch, or light a candle. What you do for your sunrise celebration is up to you.”
Share photos and videos from your location on social media. Use the hashtag: #sunriseprayerrelay