The prophecy included a call to Christians to pray for protection for our nation against terrorist attacks. The assurance was that it is not God’s plan for these to happen and that prayer is vital.
How to Respond to a Prophetic Warning and Urgent Call to Pray
Most of my readers do not live in Australia, but you may have heard prophetic messages like this—containing warnings and calls to intercede in prayer—for your own nation.
How should we respond to a prophetic call such as this? Here are 3 ways that we can respond to a prophetic warning for our nation or region:
A. Weigh up the Prophecy and the Prophetic Ministry
One of the first questions I ask about a prophetic ministry is, ‘are they operating out of a New Testament (NT) paradigm?’
In the NT, prophetic warnings for individuals, groups and nations are given with the motivation of ‘prepare and protect.’ The heart of the Father shines through a NT prophecy. This is the way that prophetic ministries foretelling and warning of disasters should portray God today.
Prophets who are modeling off an Old Testament style of ministry pronounce threats of Divine judgment in the form of pending disasters. They portray God as a judge who punishes people through catastrophes. 
Other questions you can ask include:
- Does this ministry exalt Jesus?
- Is the ministry accountable?
- Does he or she love the Church and its leaders?
- What is the fruit of this ministry?
- Who receives and endorses this ministry?
- How are our own church leaders responding to this person and word? 
B. Remember that Prayer is about Intimacy and Being led by the Spirit
If we feel under heavy obligation or pressure to respond to a call to prayer, something is wrong.
An important part of intimacy is that God will lead you to respond in a unique way and out of relationship with Him, not out of pressure to conform.
Ask Father what your prayer assignment is. If you are a leader, ask God how you should call your church or group to respond—and pray for His anointing to be upon both your call and their response. Then, lead them to pray in faith and from intimacy with God, not out of fear or obligation. Remember, also, that every intercessor has a unique prayer gift and style from God.
Don’t feel inadequate or condemned if you pray personally, or as a group, for a short period and then do not feel led of the Holy Spirit to pray further. Remember that one brief, obedient and genuine faith-filled prayer is more effective than many fear-based, obligatory prayers!
Trust in the action and leadership of the Holy Spirit in and through you as you respond to God‘s call to intercede for your nation.
C. Respond and Pray in Faith, not Fear
When a respected prophetic minister calls us to intercede against demonic strategies, it is wisdom to pray—and not ignore, dismiss or shelve it.
Our initial response in prayer can be to:
- Include prayer as part of the process of weighing up the prophetic ministry and the word.
- Seek God for how He is calling you personally (or a group or church you lead) to respond.
It is never God’s intention for a prophetic word of warning to lead us to fear, or to pray out of a position of fear.
‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Tim 1:7)
The right response is to pray in faith.
7 Faith-Filled Prayer Strategies
Some strategic ways that we can pray in faith in response to a warning such as the one we have just received in Australia are:
1. Think of ripples – pray for protection of our family and those close to us, and then our cities, and our nation.
2. Pray for God to expose and disarm demonic plans and strategies and bring them to nothing. (Eph 6:10-18) 
3. Pray for those in Government and those in charge of resources to be given timely wisdom, discernment and actions, so that God’s purposes are accomplished through them. (1 Tim 2:1-2)
4. Pray that people who are planning destruction repent and change their minds or are exposed before they cause harm. Pray for God’s mercy on them to draw them to faith in Christ. (2 Peter 3:9)
5. Pray for God’s purpose to be accomplished—for His Kingdom to be manifested, and for the opposite of destruction, which is salvation. (Matt 6:10, John 3:16)
6. Pray that God releases His angels to protect and help and to accomplish His purposes, including divinely positioning people. (Psalm 103:20)
7. Pray with praise and thanksgiving that God is at work, that He is in charge, that your prayers are effective (Phil 4:6)
 For Scriptural examples on this topic and enlargement on these questions, read the posts:
- How Do You Weigh Up What The Prophets Are Saying Pt 1: Weighing Up The Prophetic Minister
- How Do You Weigh Up What The Prophets Are Saying Pt 2: Weighing Up The Prophetic Word
- Earthquakes, Prophecy and the Heart of God
 For more thoughts on spiritual warfare and specific ways to pray, see:
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