Prayer points for individuals, families and small groups
In light of the national events which are currently unfolding, and most particularly the happenings in national government, the elders have called our Randburg Baptist Church family to pray, heeding the injunction given in God’s Word…
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1–7, ESV)
It is to be stressed that this is not a political; statement, not swung by some party-political agenda. We simply want to call our people to pray for those in authority, and for our nation at this time.
Please also note the blog posting on the church website as of Friday 31st March, on a parallel theme.
This is not an exhaustive listing, but here are some prayer pointers for us as we commit to intercede.
- Pray for the welfare of our city and country, even in its secular, godless state. Heed the Old Testament principle given to the exiles in Babylon, and pray for peace and prosperity of the place where they were, as subjected exiles
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7, ESV)
- Stand in the gap, and intercede (as per Daniel and Nehemiah) for our country, identifying as a citizen with the national wrongs. Pray that we as Christian South Africans would repent from our high tolerance of rampant corruption in our public institutions, for allowing evil to triumph on our watch and for our complicity in ‘low key’ corruption and lawlessness, mirroring what we see at national level.
- Pray with informed joy! The corruption, lawlessness, injustice and increasing self-gain just points to the fact that the ‘last days’ are here, and that we’re closer to Christ coming back…
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1–4, ESV)
- Pray looking up – gaze and meditate often on the sovereignty, bigness, power, wisdom, goodness, mercies, faithfulness and love of God. Let that be food for your soul!
- Pray looking long – consider often the fact that this world is not your home, that heaven is your place of citizenship, that Christ is coming back, that justice will prevail and that heaven awaits for you, and that a devastating hell awaits for those who reject God. That those truths shape your thinking in the present.
- Take some time to read, re-read and pray through Psalm 73, even as we hear more stories of political and national abuse, corruption and a slide to greater sin… take note of the slippery slope and the eternal end…
- Take time to read and pray through Psalm 2, noting the sovereignty of God, arrogance of rulers, and the warnings given to them. Pray for spiritual conviction of sin in the lives of Mr Zuma, his acolytes and those pursuing selfish and dishonest gain. Be so bold as to pray for their salvation – to Kiss the Son lest He be angry, and they perish in the way.
- Pray imprecatory prayers calling for God’s justice and righteous anger to burn against the moral and ethical slides, against the injustice and against the godless patterns of behaviour which are seen. Pray that God would bring both restraint and just intervention against that which offends His character.
- Pray for the true church of Jesus Christ in South Africa to be real salt and light at this time, showing in our responses, conversations and actions the fruit of gospel-transformed thinking.
- Pray for the thousands of nominal believers, churches and church leaders in our country – that God would stir their hearts to see and hate sin, to both present and live the Gospel, and to stand up as heralds of truth in a society that hates truth.
- Pray that the Lord graciously uses this time to further His Kingdom. Pray that local churches would be faithful to proclaim true gospel hope in Christ that is far superior to trusting in a politician, a party or a court. Pray that the Holy Spirit brings many hopeless and despairing people to the foot of the cross even through this dark valley.
- Pray that God’s purposes and plans would prevail through all that happens, and that He would be glorified in and through the dark and mysterious paths that He is taking us through as a nation and Christian community in South Africa.