If you have been following Bread for the Bride posts for a little while you will know that usually my posts try to focus on Christ-centred teaching and sharing aspects of biblical truth to encourage and equip the Bride of Christ in the wilderness.
This post is different.
I have not shared a prophetic word focused on a nation for several years and did not expect to be doing so today. Nevertheless, I find I now have such a word to share for Australia, and specifically for the Australian church. If you are not Australian, and most of my subscribers are not, you are invited to pray for this nation as we Australians enter into the final stages of an important upcoming election that will determine the future course of Australia for some time to come. If you are Australian, have an interest in praying for Australia, or are in touch with Australians who do, feel free to pass this message on.
Australians receiving my posts will be aware this country is facing a federal election on May 18th this year. Whichever major party wins that election will win the right to govern the nation for at least the next four years. The leader of the winning party will become Prime Minister.
This week, while in communion with the Lord I saw a prophetic picture of what at first seemed to be a treeless landscape with narrow dark lines criss-crossing it. As the picture became clearer I saw these lines appeared as many, many very deep rivulets etched into the landscape. As I continued to view this scene it became evident the landscape I was viewing was actually a beating human heart. The deep rivulets I could see cutting into this heart were filled with blood.
The Holy Spirit then gave me the following understanding of the prophetic picture:
This picture is the heart and soul of the nation of Australia that has now become very deeply divided. The rivulets represent these divisions in Australia’s corporate spiritual soul which are extremely deep and painful. The nation is now deeply divided on multiple levels: young from old, gender from gender, culture from culture, ideology from ideology, wealthy from poor, past from present, and many other divisions. Within these divisions are yet more sub-divisions cutting into the very soul of this nation and separating the people into myriads of groups, each with its own agenda.
The soul of this nation of Australia is now bleeding from these many deep cuts but few discern them because they are so caught up in their own small section.
This nation is in need of deep and lasting healing if it is to move into a unified and peaceful future.
The indigenous people of Australia are key to this national healing and can help lead the way, but only those among them who are themselves being healed from their historic and personal woundings and have received the peace of Christ in their hearts will be effective.
Healing can only come to the bleeding, divided soul of this nation through a national move of the Holy Spirit that will turn the hearts of people to the one true living God and His Son Jesus Christ. If hearts are turned, God is ready to meet them. Do not be deceived, the divisions in this nation have now been cut deeper than at any time in its history. Only the life of Christ poured as a sweet healing balm into the nation’s deep woundedness will overcome the divisions in the heart and soul of this bleeding nation of Australia.
And this message specifically to the church of Australia: do not continue to look either to this political party or that one, or to this political leader or that one, to bring unity or stability that you desire for this country. Again, the Spirit is very strong on this: do not look to current leaders for deliverance for the nation. Trust in Christ alone and let your allegiance be to Him.
Accompanying this prophetic vision there is a deep sense of the Father’s great sorrow over the woundedness the Australian people now carry deep within the national soul. Recent revelations of corruption, abuse, dishonesty, injustice and criminality at highest levels of government, sport, business and church have shaken the nation to its core and He sees the pain and discouragement as Australians find they are not who they thought they were. His heart towards the Australian people is for reconciliation, not condemnation. His heart is to gather, not scatter, to build up, not tear down. He yearns to heal.
How should we pray for this nation?
Firstly, for God to pour out His Spirit across this nation of Australia, once prophetically called the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit, that those who are disillusioned and disheartened may encounter the healing, saving, reconciling power of Christ. Again, indigenous Australians who know who they are in Christ and can walk without fear between black and white have a key leadership role to play in such an outpouring.
Secondly, pray for God to raise up just men and women He has specifically anointed for leadership in these days to help bring healing to this nation at a national political level. This is not a call to try to get a favourite candidate elected to office. It is a call to prayer alone. They will not necessarily be from the Christian community. God is able to raise up and anoint whomever He chooses with a mantle to lead with wisdom and integrity. Pray for such ones to emerge who above all have hearts to serve and heal the nation, rather than allegiance to their own party machinery. And when you see them, pray for them, for their paths will not be easy.
I commend this prophetic message to you for your prayerful consideration.
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