A group of Australian Christians want Bible believers around the globe to pray and fast for America.
The team behind Australia's National Day of Prayer and Fasting is organizing the effort. Warwick Marsh, founder of Australian Heart Ministries, said the prayer and fasting, which began on Saturday, will continue through Thursday when American Christians celebrate their own annual National Day of Prayer.
"Right now, the U.S.A. is in a spiritual battle for its very survival as a nation under God," Marsh said in a statement in a news release from Christian Newswire. "Secular forces have taken prayer out of school and progressively waged war against family, faith, and religious freedom. It is time for Australia and the people of the world to join with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the U.S.A. in this battle for their nation."
Marsh wants people to pray for revival and transformation for the United States, in line with 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Marsh is thankful for how America protected Australia during World War II, and he wants to give back.
"The Battle of the Coral Sea was a strategic victory for the United States and Australia because the Japanese invasion landing force was turned back permanently," Marsh explained. "Yet the cost of victory was high - 656 Americans paid the ultimate price in the fight against tyranny."
"American blood was poured out in the Coral Sea for Australians," he continued. "It is time for us to return the favor and get on our knees and pray for America. It is time for us to call the nations of the world to stand in the gap in prayer for America."
Marsh said prayer as a part of God's army is often compared to the air aspect of modern warfare.
"The Battle of the Coral Sea was fought and won in the air. We believe the battle for both Australia and America will be fought and won on our knees," he said. "So we encourage whoever can to pray and fast in whatever way you can... Together we can make a difference!"
The American National Day of Prayer Task Force has the goal "to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture."
The annual event in the United States is held on the first Thursday in May. This year marks the 65th National Day of Prayer observance. A joint resolution in Congress created the prayer initiative in 1952. President Harry S. Truman signed it into law.