Why Australia needs a Great Awakening!

Australia has never had a nation wide awakening of the Gospel and it desperately needs it. Why? Because the general population is dead in sin.

Throughout history other nations like Wales, Scotland, England, Nigeria, Argentina, South Korea and the USA have been awakened by God’s Spirit working through the proclamation of the gospel and the prayers of the saints.

Australia is one of the most popular and prosperous nations across the world and yet we are one of the most spiritually impoverished nations on the planet. We are steeped in materialistic comfort and spiritual apathy. We are consumed with our houses and holidays and care little for eternal matters. While we seemingly have everything, we seem to be more bored and miserable than ever before.

I had the privilege of visiting Calcutta, India in 2012 with Compassion Australia and had one of the Indian professional development program students comment, “I want India to become like Australia because Australia is heaven.” I understood where he was coming from but I thought to myself, “Ahh, you probably wouldn’t think this if you knew the spiritual climate in my nation.” I remember hearing Ps Wayne Cordeiro respond to a Chinese Christian on a ministry trip to China when it was said to him, “I’m praying that China will become like America”, Wayne said, “Well, I’m praying that America will become like China.”

There is the misguided perception that western nations like the USA and Australia have it all going on for them. While this may be true from a material perspective, it is very far from the truth when it comes to the decline in mission, church attendance and biblical fervency.

I have a strong conviction that Australia needs pastors, preachers and believers to remain on these shores and pray and proclaim the gospel and plant churches like never before. We are more pagan than ever before but never has there been such an opportunity in our history when the church can rise up and march forward into mission engagement than right now.

We are facing the same dynamics of the early church in the book of Acts. It’s in these pagan lands that the faithful, powerful proclamation of the Gospel abounds in much fruit and kingdom advancement. I refuse to believe that just because the spiritual plains seem harder here than other lands, that the Holy Spirit can’t move as he has in other countries throughout history. We have got to stop making excuses and continuing contending for the gospel, whilst we contextualize it in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart,  Darwin and beyond.

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chron 7:14)

Grace!

3 comments

  1. Dear Corey, thanks for the inspiration to believe for and preach for revival! I am so moved in my spirit these days for a massive move of God here in England and Europe – I can see the beginings with light house churches like ours and many othes around. I feel a great sense of excitement! The lights are definately on in Europe.

    Last week I was sensing something in my spirit which really needed some revelation. I thought it was anxiety – I prayed and the Lord spoke to me powerfully and said – “This sense in your spirit is not fear but faith – somehting good is going to happen soon – get ready! I’m going to bless you abundantly!”

    We are launching a new seris in July simply called “Awakening” – we’re gonna be praying and fasting and seeking God for our city, our nation and for Europe too; believing for a powerful move of God!

    Thanks again for the encouragement!

    Tom Rawls
    Lead Pastor – Proclaimers

  2. Does Australia ever need JESUS , are you aware of the Global Atheists Convention being held in Melbourne in March ??? What an opportunity too good to miss , that being prayer & proclamation about JESUS and His Salvation .

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