I just want to speak the name of Jesus Over every heart and every mind
‘Cause I know there is peace within Your presence I speak Jesus
I just want to speak the name of Jesus ‘Til every dark addiction starts to break
Declaring there is hope and there is freedom
I speak Jesus
‘Cause Your name is power Your name is healing
Your name is life
Break every stronghold Shine through the shadows
Burn like a fire
Led by worship leader Henry Pike, thousands of people at Saturday’s Speak Jesus national prayer day in Krugersdorp sang with conviction these words from the 2019 worship anthem I speak Jesus – which sounded as if it was written specially for this day of breaking strongholds over Krugersdorp – and South Africa.
While the prayer event was possibly the biggest Christian gathering since before Covid, it was not the size of the crowd but the people’s spiritual hunger that stood out to the event organisers.
Farmer evangelist Angus Buchan who preached a Gospel message and led prayers at the event said afterwards that he was blown away by the crowd’s commitment – “They carried me – It was incredible – Nobody moved right until the very end despite hours spent in the dust and heat, he said.
When Buchan made an altar call it was clear that every person there was determined to respond – and, as one, they declared their commitment to Jesus as Lord of their lives.
In a press release afterwards Buchan said the Speak Jesus prayer day was one of the spiritual highlights of his life.
“On Saturday I experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit like I have very rarely experienced,” he said.
“Krugersdorp has a new name – it is clean, it is washed and is now called Jesus-dorp,” he said.
He commended the many volunteers from Krugersdorp and around South Africa who freely contributed time, money and resources to make the day memorable.
In a voice message sent to the more than 3 000 intercessors in SA and abroad, who prayed for the event, Buchan thanked them for “preparing the ground”.
“I know when a meeting has not been prepared through prayer,” he said, acknowledging the role of prayer in the smooth running of the event, meeting substantial expenses without taking an offering or making an appeal for finances, and the responsiveness of the crowd.
Krugersdorp complementary therapist Yolanda Steyn whose heartfelt email appeal to Buchan to come and pray for the oppressed town led to the prayer day – said a highlight of Saturday for her was being approached by a young man who once belonged to the so-called Devilsdorp Cult. “We prayed for him. He received deliverance. Jesus set him free on Saturday,” she said.
Yolanda, who helped to arrange and coordinate the event, also commented on the spiritual hunger of the crowd. She said she heard of a woman in her 80s who tripped and fell at the event. Paramedics who put her injured arm in a sling expected her to leave. But she said: “No. Take me to the sitting area. I’m going to listen to Angus.” The paramedics wanted to put her at the back of the venue. But she insisted on being seated at the front.
Before the Speak Jesus Prayer Day expectation mounted that it would be like a match that sparks a revival fire. Yolanda believes that expectation has been met.
She said the local organising team feel that God has anointed and mandated them to partner with Him. “This is just the start for us. It’s the start of revival”
She said after they have completed post-event logistics she plans to seek Jesus’s will for their next steps.
She said people – including local pastors – have been phoning her non-stop to say: What’s next? We want to be part of it. We want to take it further.”
She said some of the pastors who called her had repented over divination in the churches. “I know that the stronghold of divination in the churches was teared down. And that for me is a big one,” she said.
Meanwhile, from Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape, Christo Vorster, who was independently led by the Holy Spirit to host a prayer day on the same day and with the same name as the Krugersdorp event – said their Speak Jeuss event was not so big but people were touched and 40 to 50 people – mostly children – came to faith in Christ.
“There really is an awakening among the youth,” he said.
He said he firmly believes things are going to happen in the country as a result of Saturday’s events.
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