Today we pray for…
Attendees: Esther, Melinda, and Therese
We pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen each of these ladies with power through his Spirit in their inner being, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:14–20 (paraphrased)
These ladies are answering His call, however, that does not make living in Africa any easier. Living in such a complex and different culture takes grace and stamina. The needs to be met always exceed the hours in a day and number of personnel. Jesus, help these women maintain perspective, seek You first, take time to be still, breathe, and sense Your presence. We ask that they be intentionally Spirit led, remembering why they are doing what they are doing, and that they are seen and loved by You. Father God, we pray for abundant, deep, renewing answer to the above prayer for each attendee. May the retreat be a “pause” button for them to step away and have the space to process.
We bring before You Lord, the country of South Africa today. We thank You that the transition from white-rule and apartheid to a non-racial democracy was achieved peacefully. Thank You that the strenuous efforts by local churches to roll back centuries of discrimination, oppression, and pain have borne fruit. We praise You for the many South African global workers serving abroad. We also give thanks for the effective multiplication of Christian ministries to help the disadvantaged, the slum-dwellers, victims of rape, crime, AIDS, etc. We lift to You the needs of a stable government, ongoing healing and reconciliation, economic betterment, and the need for effective policing and administration of justice. We pray that the believers will have adaptability in the face of rapid social change and a strong prophetic voice for the Church in a society that no longer holds to moral absolutes. We commit all of this to You.
In Jesus’ Name Amen.