At an online day of repentance meeting on Tuesday Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng urged South African Christians, beginning with himself, to repent of unbelief, fear and complacency and to boldly contend for the full measure of the revival and reformation that God wants to bring at this time
Sharing his personal struggles with unbelief and fear this week after hearing that God had revealed to intercessors that He wanted the repentance gathering to celebrate a recent “victory” in the Constitutional Court that they believe signals the “ushering in of God’s government”, Mogoeng said his initial response was to object that to do so would compromise his position as Chief Justice and create the impression he was campaigning against the ANC government.
During his quiet time on Tuesday morning, hours before the repentance meeting hosted by the Parliament Prayer Altar (an intercessory group) and leaders of a national healing campaign that he heads up, he asked the Lord what he should do — and God told him that his fearful, unbelieving response was typical of the Church which falls back on human logic and understanding when asked to step out of its comfort zone.
He said God showed him how, in his fear about the personal implications of the intercessors’ prophetic word, he immediately doubted the word and forgot previous times when God had spoken clearly through that forum, how He had done things that they had cried out for, and ways that He had exhibited his power and glory during lockdown — including by organising an Africa Day prayer gathering in a way they could never have imagined.
Before leading the group in several poignant prayers of repentance, Mogoeng highlighted a number of apt Scriptures, including Matthew 17:19-21 (dealing with faith, prayer and fasting), 2 Kings 7: 1-2, 18-20 (the consequences of disbelieving an “impossible” prophecy about a sudden economic turnaround) and parts of Esther 3 and 4.
He said, like his initial reaction to the word from the intercessors, Queen Esther first responded with fearful human reasoning when the prophet Mordecai urged her to approach the king on behalf of the Jews. Then she repented and called on the Jewish people to join her in fasting for three days before she went to the king at great personal risk. And the result was “a great turnaround, a great revival”.
Mogoeng said Esther’s fearful unbelief “almost aborted the ushering in of the government of God, her prosperity and the prosperity of her people and the fulfilment of the destiny of Mordecai.
“So that is what our unbelief threatens to do — to frustrate the ushering in of the government of God,” he said.
Mogoeng’s repentance prayer points included “for leaning on our own understanding” in fear and unbelief; for trusting the word of the world (media, government, society) more than the Word of the Lord; for hiding when we are called to show ourselves (e.g. as supporters of Israel) and to act; and for complacently neglecting our responsibility to fast and pray desperately for the full manifestation of the will of God as revealed in prophetic words about coming revival and reformation.
He also prayed for boldness and “the grace to never leave our post again — for us to do whatever is necessary as the Spirit of God leads to get to where the Lord desperately wants to take us. The grace not to go back to slumber again”.