Please join us in prayer at this significant moment for our country and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice.
As Senior Aboriginal Christian Leader, Aunty Jean Phillips, encourages us, "first of all we need to be coming together, we need to give it a lot of time and prayer, and ask God to give us wisdom and guidance.”
Prayers shared at our first Listen to the Heart online gathering by Meredith Walker-Harding and Safina Stewart can be found below.
Safina Stewart’s Prayer for the Voice
God of wondrous possibility
Take my story and my life
Give me courage to stand for justice
God of dreaming and mystery
Forgive my blind complaining
Give me vision to walk remembering your history
God of truth and love
Take my bruised hands and feet
Give me strength and grace to stand for truth
God of safety and singing
Take my mouth and my voice
Give me words to inspire and encourage
God of knowledge and creativity
Take my whole being
Help me stretch, broaden and deepen
God of goodness and hope
Take my connections and influence
And help me stand for Voice and Justice
Meredith Walker-Harding’s Prayer for Voice and Justice
Thank you that when you called us to yourself you also called us into your family.
We want to thank and praise you for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family.
Sisters and brothers to whom you have revealed so many truths, about yourself and about your creation.
Thank you for the generous, gracious and faithful ways our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sisters and brothers have shared these truths with us - through relationship, through stories, through art, through song, through care for country.
This year Lord, we have the exciting opportunity to move forward on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice. Please help the non-Indigenous church here in Australia listen deeply to our Indigenous brothers and sisters calls for justice, for a Voice, for treaty and truth telling. Help us echo, amplify and fight for these calls to come true because, as followers of Jesus, you have called us to be people of love, to be people who pursue reconciliation and justice. We have ignored this call in the past, forgive us, help us not to fail now.
In the lead up to the referendum God, please protect our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family as they encounter people and spaces and structures that are not safe, that wish them harm, that presume to know what is best without listening to what is being asked for, that spread misinformation, that choose self comfort over justice. Surround their hearts and spirits and communities with your love. Help the non-Indigenous church to also surround them with our love and support and resources.
And in the midst of what will be an exhausting year, remind our Aboriginal and Torres Strait brothers and sisters that it is ok to rest, to take care of themselves, that their day to day lives are important to you, that you love them and want them to flourish.
Thank you for loving us Lord, please help us love you and each other and your world.
In Jesus’ name, Amen