Come, Holy Spirit!!!
Invitation to 10 Days of Prayer for Revival in South Africa
25 May – 4 June, 2017
Business, economy and the labour market
The world doesn’t need more role models; it needs more of Jesus – the ultimate role model. People will not find a better person to emulate positive character traits from than Jesus Christ Himself. Over the next 7 days, we will pray for the character of Jesus to become more visible in all spheres of society in South Africa. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. (Colossians 3:12-13).
Praying for the character of Jesus: Patience. Pray for leaders in the business and economy sectors, as well as in the labour market, to show patience in everything they do, whether speaking to one person or to thousands. Pray for servant hearts which will prevail towards all who surround them, always seeking the interests of others (especially the poor) and benefitting God’s kingdom.
Society, arts and culture, agriculture
For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15).
Praying for the character of Jesus: Humility. Jesus is the Son of God, yet He never demanded praise for His miracles and His teachings. He never demanded food or lodging. Pray for those involved in society, arts and culture and the agricultural sector to seek the best interests of those they serve, to equip, train, and help them for their benefit. Ask that they would seek and save the lost, as Jesus did, and not merely travel for the sake of travelling. Pray that their careers would not be built upon boasting of the gifts or power God has given them.
Education and technology
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10 24-25).
Praying for the character of Jesus: Commitment. Pray for principals, teachers and lecturers to be diligent in serving the young people who desire an education. Ask for them to remain fully committed to their goals, despite opposition, difficulty, or obstacles. Pray for them to serve wholeheartedly and seek out students for individual attention, as Jesus did with Zacchaeus.
Local and national government
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8).
Praying for the character of Jesus: Self-control. Before His ministry was launched, Jesus spent time in the wilderness where He was tempted by the devil. Although He was offered food, power and other things, Jesus controlled His desires and submitted them all to the will of the Father. Pray for leaders in local and national government to have a heart like the Lord Jesus in every aspect of their daily work and responsibilities. Ask that their greatest desire would be to obey the Lord and accomplish what He has set out for them to do.
Broadcasting, print, digital and social media
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
Praying for the character of Jesus: Gentleness. At certain times, Jesus spoke sternly, but He knew when it was appropriate to speak gently, most especially when He spoke to children. Pray for leaders in the media world to esteem high moral values and integrity, and to encourage society at large through their work and conduct. Pray for more reports filling hearts with hope. Pray especially for worldliness in the media to be addressed and replaced by material that establishes the rightful role of parents in the family, church and society. Ask for media content to be aired, printed or placed on social media that will encourage government to create law and order in our country.
Family, sport and recreation
Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13).
Praying for the character of Jesus: Compassion. Pray for couples to start their families with a great commitment from both parents, sacrificing time, energy and money for the spiritual growth and protection of their children. Pray that relaxation will not only be about self, but rather that it would be an opportunity to connect with God and loved ones in biblical and meaningful ways.
Christian churches, religion and beliefs
…”Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”.. (Luke 23:34).
Praying for the character of Jesus: Loving and forgiving. One reason people don’t want anything to do with Christians is that they see our pride, prejudice and judgmental attitude. Pray for Christians to present the gospel and love of Jesus to non-believers in non-judgmental ways, displaying true compassion, as Jesus did, and drawing non-believers until they can no longer resist knowing Jesus as their Saviour. Pray for Christians in South Africa to be like Christians in the Middle East, who forgive and love those who persecute them and do not yet know Jesus. Ask for all Christians to have hearts that long to serve others and reach them for Christ, even if it comes through personal loss.
Come, Holy Spirit!!!
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:2).
How familiar we are with this verse, but the question is, is it just something we are interested in? What did the sound from heaven sound like? Has anyone ever experienced it again? Does this verse unleash a desire within us to say, “Lord, do it for us also”! Let us ask this of God boldly, in prayer and supplication, with desperation and faith. He is the same God today!