Ask of Me and I will give you South Africa
– Psalm 2:8
And a national day of Prayer for SA on 24 September 2019 (Heritage Day)
Churches and prayer networks across South Africa are calling for an urgent, nationwide time of corporate fasting and prayer in response to critical issues facing our nation, including gender violence and xenophobic attacks. (Download prayer guidelines and declarations.)
REGARDING THE CURRENT VIOLENCE AND XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
Acts 17:26-31 (NKJV) And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,  so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’  Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.[ 30] Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,  because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead. “God made all people from one blood (Eph 3:6, Col 1:20).
Points to consider:
- God determines the territory / boundaries / movement / migration of people
- “Being then God’s offspring” (vs29) – We as God’s people (His offspring) ought to have a different response than the world. i.e. Love, compassion and forgiveness.
- God’s intent with foreigners is that they will seek Him and find Him. If we reject any people group/nation, we reject God’s purpose in and for them!
- We can’t live in the past. We must live in the present and build for the future.
- We must not respond to the current situation/s from an economic or political perspective but from the pattern of His Word.
- Deuteronomy 28:43 reveals a curse at work. Economic judgment from disobedience to His commands. We therefore should not be blaming and pointing fingers, but should be interpreting the current situation through God’s word and take responsibility before God.
- There is a clear demonic and criminal component to the violence, the works of darkness need to be confronted. Xenophobia, Gender Abuse, Rape, Human Trafficking, Youth and Children Abuse, Racism, Fear, Anger, Hatred, Fake News, Criminal elements, Demonic Elements, Drugs and Substance Abuse, Corruption.
REGARDING THE ABUSE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN
There is a clear demonic component in the abuse of women and children. Many of the incidents are linked to drug and substance abuse, human trafficking and total lack of respect for women in our nation. Men and boys should be taught to respect women of all ages, and there is need for a place where women and children can receive counselling, healing and restoration.
ORDINARY PRAYERS WILL NOT SUFFICE FOR THE CHALLENGES WE FACE. LET US KNEEL BEFORE GOD, REND OUR HEARTS AND TRAVAIL FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR NATION.
- ASK HIM FOR THE NATION (PSALM 2:8)
- FOR MY NAME’S SAKE -RESTORATION OF HIS GLORY (EZK 36:22–32)
- RESPOND IN LOVE AND FORGIVENESS (1 COR 13; MAT 6:14-15)
- FOCUS ON THE HARVEST (MAT 9:37-38)
- INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT (ACTS 2:2-4)
Download the comprehensive prayer points as PDF and use these for corporate and united prayer.
Download the Declarations for the Church and the Nation of South Africa
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR THE 3 DAYS OF PRAYER
- Consider having a time of prayer in your congregation on Sunday 22 September 2019, and opening churches for lunchtime prayer on Monday 23 September 2019.
- Consider having corporate prayer meetings every evening led by local pastors.
- Form small prayer groups on Whatsapp or in your community to pray and fast for the 3 days, 22-24 September 2019.
- For businesses to arrange prayer meetings in business districts and inviting neighbouring businesses to join in prayer.
- Consider having corporate interdenominational prayer on a city-wide or communal basis for the National Day of prayer, 24 September 2019. Invite foreigners who live in your area to join you
- Consider praying at the police station in your area.
In partnership with IFSA | SACLI | Jericho Walls International Prayer Network | Vuka Africa Foundation | African Enterprise | Unashamedly Ethical | O Woman of God Arise | Cape Town 4 Jesus | Transformation Africa | GFWE | Kingdom Nation | Christian Leaders Forum
(Picture used with permission from The African Exponent – https://www.africanexponent.