The National Day of Prayer is a longstanding tradition in the United States, with its 65th annual observance coming on Thursday. But this year, the United States will have some extra prayers coming from down under.
In Australia, there are some who believe the United States needs a little more than just one day of prayer.
“Right now, the U.S.A. is in a spiritual battle for its very survival as a nation under God,” said Warwick Marsh in a statement to Charisma News. Marsh, who is the founder of Australian Heart Ministries and an organizer of Australia’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting, began his prayer efforts on Saturday and said they will last until the United States’ designated prayer day on Thursday.
Further explaining his decision to pray for the United States for multiple days, Marsh continued, “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 thinks the United States is a benevolent nation worth praying for, saying he believes he is doing his part to repay the kindness the global superpower showed his country during World War II. “American blood was poured out in the Coral Sea for Australians,” he proclaimed. “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.”