By Morwa Mosupyoe
Mizpah House of Prayer
The Hebrew month of Elul is the 12th month of the civil calendar and sixth month of the ecclesiastical calendar
The month of Elul is a month of repentance, soul searching, forgiveness and — most importantly — of desiring to reconnect to God as individuals, families and nations, while reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a new season.
It was by divine appointment that, leaders from across Africa converged in Israel for a leadership summit on the first day of the month of Elul under the theme “Building Great Nations”. They only became aware of the kairos timing in Jerusalem, on day one of the summit.
It was also not a coincidence that the gathering took place during the 12th and sixth months respectively, as both are numbers prophetically linked to government and people — and for us South Africans the number six is significant, as the nation under President Ramaphosa is the sixth administration since the advent of democracy.
The atmosphere at the African leadership summit was that of unity and peace with the majority of delegates coming from South Africa and Nigeria. We all understood our redemptive mandates, especially as the summit took place in the midst of violence and chaos that erupted in SA.
Our assignment was spiritual and travailing for our nations from Israel , the altar of God, during the month of Elul was critical as we all reflected, repented and stood in the gap for our countries.
One of the portals we visited was Mount Zion, which is the area of the Upper Room where the Holy Spirit manifested in the form of the sound of a rushing wind and as fire.
It was at such gates that we held hands and sung old classics like If you believe and I believe and we together pray, the Holy Spirit MUST come down and Africa will be saved. And we knew it was not just a song but a declaration from Africa. Hence it was surreal to witness President Ramaphosa rendering a solo rendition of the same song and even conducting a Grace Bible Church Choir in Soweto on Sunday, just a few days after we got back from the Africa Leadership Summit (ALS).
The President not only sang and declared but also rendered a public apology to Africa during former President Mugabe’s State funeral. His apology in front of other heads of African nations at the funeral is an eternal uncommon seed.
It takes a great leader to acknowledge, confess, show remorse and regret on behalf of the nation. It is a sign of humility and the gates of repentance and forgiveness were opened by our president and we need to all tap into that because both repentance and forgiveness are central and fundamental principles of Christianity
Our soul searching and repentance is a matter of putting our hearts as individuals, families and nations in the right place and it is as we bring our hearts to the Lord that He fills us with love for one another and a spirit of tolerance permeates the people
The declaration in song and a public apology from the first citizen is a sign of revival and we need to celebrate and tap into that gate.
In a further link between the ALS and a move of repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation following the recent xenophobia-linked unrest in SA and Nigeria, the convenor of the ALS, Pastor Segun Olaniepekun, has arranged a reconciliation meeting between South African pastors and leaders in Pretoria on Thursday.