South African Christians are urged to participate in a second call for 40 days of focused prayer for the elections from April 1 to May 10, says Pastor Laurette Mkati, prayer coordinator of the SA Prayer Movement for Change.
The first call was from March 1 to April 9. The second call, which includes fasting, includes the day of voting, counting the ballot and announcing results.
She says not everyone is expected to fast the 40 days, although those with a burden and a grace to do so are urged to do so. Churches, prayer groups and intercessors in the nation are asked to share the fast days through the 40 days.
There are, however, two corporate fasting seasons of three days each, in which SAPMG is asking all Christians to fast and pray. The corporate fasting days are April 7 to April 9, and May 5 to May 7.
“There is great power in united prayer and even greater when we add fasting,” says Mkati.
Various resources are available to help Christians pray strategically for the elections. These include the SAPMG Prayer Strategy Document, a Prayer Guide from the Insitute of Christian Leadership Deveopment (ICLD), a Jericho Walls Prayer Pointers.
Another resource, highlighted by Mkati, is a General Elections Conversation Guide that has been prepared by ICLD to help people think through their decision before the voting day. This guidecan be obtained by contacting Mathie on 082 561 3512 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a prayer letter this week, Mkati says it is now the month when Israel celebrates Passover — “an excellent month for us as South Africa to tap into this prophetic season of deliverance from oppression, as we did 20 years ago when God delivered us from the oppression of apartheid”.
Likening South Africa’s experience over the past 20 years to that of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness with the promised land before them, she says: “It is time for us to raise up a cry until there is a Moses company, who will take deep times in prayer with God to get His pattern for the building of this nation according to His specifications (Psalm 127:1), a Joshua generation who will mobilise the royal priesthood, the church of Jesus Christ, to take up the ark of His presence and the rod of His authority, step into the troubled waters of our communities, and lead the people into the promised. A generation willing to fight, not against flesh and blood, but principalities and powers of darkness, especially the New Age/Illuminati, who have seduced the government of our nation and established their wicked agenda causing us to rebel against God through our secular humanist constitution and legislation that directly contradicts God’s word. A generation who will not keep silent day or night before God (Isaiah 62:6-7) or before the people of South Africa (2 Chronicles 30:6-9) until we have returned to the Lord and forsaken our wicked ways. Then our God will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).”