Our mandate is to create a place where Spirit-led, grassroots churches gather for extraordinary, corporate prayer and fasting to establish God's power and principles in communities across Australia.
UNITED PRAYER is a bible-based and Spirit-inspired response to the crucial times we live in. When the nation is in crisis, when the loving purposes of God seem to have been frustrated, when all hope seems lost, God’s Word has given His people a heavenly strategy for victory. Two key passages from the Bible frame the emphasis of UNITED PRAYER:
Joel 2:15-16 says, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
The heart of UNITED PRAYER is to gather churches and, specifically, two generations of God’s people (the elders and the youth) to sacred assemblies – catalytic gatherings marked by prayer and fasting that, as shown in Scripture and history, have the power to shape the destiny of nations towards righteousness, salvation in Jesus' name, and the worship of Almighty God.
UNITED PRAYER is extremely vertical – our audience is God, not the lost or the crowd. Our aim is to bring the people in attendance to a place of radical agreement & harmony in prayer, as we outwork God’s favour for our nation through intercession and prophetic declarations.
Our goal is for unity among the Christians and churches present, and for the demonstration of extraordinary prayer in Jesus’ name. In contrast to ordinary and average prayer, we believe that only the united, extraordinary prayers of God’s people - which includes corporate fasting - can shape the destiny of our nation.
UNITED PRAYER is patterned after biblical examples of solemn assemblies.
In times of national crisis, God called Israel to corporate gatherings of prayer, fasting, and repentance. These solemn assemblies were pivotal to the deliverance and victory of Israel over invading armies, disasters, and plagues. Solemn assemblies also highlighted the power of unity in releasing the purposes of God. The unity of God's people, expressed especially in prayer, is close to God's heart and irresistible to His conditions for Revival. (Some examples of solemn assemblies: 2 Chron. 20; Joel 2; Acts 4:23-31)
UNITED PRAYER seeks to call the Youth into their destiny as Revivalists.
In Psalm 110:3, the Bible describes a movement of Youth that will extend the gracious reign of Christ even over those who oppose Him, "Your troops will be willing on Your day of battle; Arrayed in holy splendour, Your youth will come to you like dew from the morning's womb." We believe that UNITED PRAYER serves as a catalyst to release a new breed of Revivalists in our nation.
UNITED PRAYER intercedes to reverse the impact of fatherlessness in this generation.
Luke 1:17 describes a supernatural dynamic: when the hearts of fathers turn to the children, Heaven responds by turning the hearts of a disobedient generation towards righteousness. This movement towards righteousness at a national level is historically referred to as spiritual awakenings.
UNITED PRAYER seeks to glorify Christ, not human personalities.
Speakers and musicians at UNITED PRAYER will not be publicized and will join the event out of a volunteer-spirit. We recognize that God exalts people and churches to places of great prominence, but at UNITED PRAYER our heart is to keep the attention on God and His purposes.
UNITED PRAYER is founded on the finished work of Christ.
Our place of authority is not in how loud we scream or how eloquently we pray; it is established in the Cross of Christ and who we have become in relation to the Cross.
Statement of Beliefs
the apostles' creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Mobilizers for United Prayer
UNITED PRAYER is led by a small and growing team of local church leaders who relationally mobilize pastors and local churches towards the gatherings.
Paul is the "flagbearer" for the purpose and vision of UNITED PRAYER. Revival runs deep in Paul's DNA after receiving Christ and spending his early days as a believer in a large and influential church that was going through a powerful season of Revival. Today, he pastors Maroondah City Church and together with his wife, Jessica, have 6 beautiful children.
Ps. Matthew has a great passion for the Lord and for prayer, and mobilizes extensively for UNITED PRAYER. Matthew is the founder of Feeding Leaders, the Associate Pastor of Doncaster City Church and serves on the board of Teach All Nations, an international ministry. Ps. Matthew is also an experienced lecturer having taught at Harvest Bible College (now Alphacrucis). Matthew is a credentialed pastor with the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) and is currently researching the ACC’s theology of leadership as part of his Doctorate of Ministry.