In South Africa, elections are held for the National Assembly, provincial legislatures and municipal councils. Elections follow a five-year cycle, with national and provincial elections held simultaneously, and municipal elections for local government held two years later.
The 2021 South African municipal elections will be held on 1 November, to elect councils for all district, metropolitan and local municipalities in each of the country’s nine provinces. South Africa has 504 political parties currently registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), with 357 of these contesting the upcoming 2021 local government elections.
Why do we pray for the elections?
In prayer, we invite the Lord into the process of electing those leaders who will allow us to lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
- Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-2). The Bible commands us to pray for those who are in leadership, which would include those who are contesting to become leaders.
- For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Godly leaders can help slow the erosion of religious liberties in our country, providing an increased window of opportunity for the Church to pray and evangelise.
- The selection of leaders who understand and lead according to God’s righteous standards can bring great blessing to a nation. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34).
- The Word says in Proverbs 11:14, “where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counsellors, there is safety.“ The determination of who leads our nation will also determine how this nation is governed.
Mobilise others to pray
Prayer rarely stops after the “amen.” What about broadening the prayer effort beyond your own prayers? Why not start a prayer group in your home before the elections? Invite friends to join you for a focused prayer meeting to ask for God’s will to be done in the upcoming Municipal elections on 1 November and beyond – as it is in heaven, so let it be in South Africa’s cities and towns.
As we pray, we are joining the Creator of the universe to change situations. The only way that positive change is not possible, is when Christians refuse to pray!