October 22, 2007 – 1:54PM

Rain and a prime minister of God’s choosing were the focus of prayers from 600 flag-waving, singing and dancing Christians in Parliament House in Canberra on Monday.

As Pastor Danny Nalliah, from Catch the Fire Ministries, asked God to open the heavens and give Australia much-needed rain, the gathering in the Great Hall was joined by 50 farmers taking part in a protest outside Parliament.

“(We pray) that their farmland will be blessed to produce what they need,” he said.

“We love you, all of you in the farming sector.

“We thank you and are grateful for all of the hard work you do on our behalf.”

Organisers who had hoped for a prime ministerial appearance had to settle for a message of support.

Not far away in the prime minister’s courtyard John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello, both committed Christians, were briefing reporters on important election matters such as tax, climate change and the worm.

In his message, Mr Howard said all Australia would support the farming community.

“We will continue standing shoulder-to-shoulder to them throughout this terrible time,” Mr Howard said.

“It is my hope that our farmers and rural and regional communities draw strength in the prayers and practical help of their fellow Australians and remain optimistic that they will see their way to prosperous times once again.”

The gathering later prayed for the right leader to be elected at the November 24 federal election, although whether that was Mr Howard or Labor’s Kevin Rudd was not stipulated.

Speakers asked that elected MPs and senators be of God’s choosing – people with integrity of heart and good motives and not those driven by lust for power.

Christian Steward Bridgens, who travelled from Melbourne with his family, said he was not necessarily praying for the right government.

Instead he wants a good government that expresses everything he hopes is right for Australia’s future.

“I hope the country will be run on good Christian values based on good ethics and principles,” he said.

Catch the Fire Ministries will follow up Monday’s service with a united prayer meeting on Australia Day next year in Melbourne.

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1 Response to “Hundreds Pray for Rain and Right PM – Article in The Age 22nd October 2007”

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    Dear Danny and Catch the fire team
    Just want to pass on my thanks for your hard work – the prayer meeting was fantastic, really enjoyed it , inspiring. It was good it was not politically biased. Hopefully much good fruit will result – good to be surrounded by so much prayer!
    Advance Australia under Christ!
    Lee
    Queanbeyan NSW

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