PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 11 – 17 DECEMBER 2017

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

Are you perhaps filled with doubt at the moment or does it seem that your problems are insurmountable – wondering whether God has forsaken our country – there are times it would seem that darkness has the upper hand! Not so – the more faith we have the better results we will see; in our lives and in our country.

Isaiah 49:15:  

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.

The above verse reminds us that God will never forsake our country or us. This poignant picture of a mother loving her new-born is exactly how much God cares for His own. He has even inscribed us on the palms of His hand. This fills me with great confidence and I hope it bolsters your faith to the utmost.

 Please pray:

  • That the cost of petrol will not continue to rise.
  • For the success of all clean- up operations in cities and especially on the beaches.
  • That the choices made by the ANC for their preferred candidate to succeed President Zuma will be made for the good of the country and not for the good of the individuals defending their power.
  • That municipalities will be efficiently run and that individuals with the correct skills will be employed to ensure good governance.
  • For more rain so that the dam levels increase.
  • For a non-violent society.
  • For the protection of women, children and the aged.

 

 Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Amen!

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 4 – 10 DECEMBER 2017

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

To be glad of Life

Because it gives you the chance

To love and to work and to play

And to look up at the stars,

To think every day of Christ…

These are little guideposts

On the footpath to peace.

 

                          Henry van Dyke

 

Matthew 16:26: What good will it be for man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul?

Let us be wary of present desires to be wealthy or famous or popular or successful to the point where we “forfeit our souls”. May our spiritual lives lead to a vibrant, abundant life.

Please pray this week for:

  • Traffic officers who need to exercise good control during this busy season yet remain honest and safe. Pray for travelling mercies for all people on the roads.  Pray that alcohol consumption will not affect anyone adversely or ruin lives. 
  • Safety of those shopping in malls (crowds and otherwise), especially during the build up to Christmas. For restraint in spending at times like Black Friday and Christmas
  • Water is imperative for the well-being of everyone. It’s a basic human right. Privatization could result in it becoming an expensive commodity and not accessible to all. The water problem is part of a bigger problem of unresolved issues, failing infrastructures, mismanagement and inadequate public services. Pray for solutions.
  • Pray for the future of Zimbabwe
  • Pray for those in Bali – there are volcano alerts
  • Pray for the changes in our church
  • Continue to pray for solutions to corruption and fraud

“Surprising God, slow us down and open us up to receive the peace that is Your love for us in Christ Jesus.”

Amen!

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD

PRAYER FOR SOUTH AFRICA AND OUR WORLD: 20 – 26TH NOVEMBER 2017

Light a candle as a symbol of Christ’s presence in your midst.

Daniel 2:20-22

“Praise to the name of God for ever and ever,

Wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons,

He sets up kings and disposes them

He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

He reveals deep and hidden things

He knows what lies in the darkness,

And light dwells with him….”

 

Please pray this week for –

  • Zimbabwe – Lord have mercy!
  • For our government, that God will continue to reveal the “deep and hidden things” and for protection for those that are working selflessly to do so
  • The up and coming ANC National Conference – for God to give wisdom and knowledge to the discerning
  • Newly qualified youth that are looking for work – for a change in the  economic season so they may find work
  • Rain for the Western Cape
  • For each of us to be like Christ in our Country

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 15 vs 16

Amen!

Life Group Questions for 26th November 2017

GOD SEEKS US OUT…

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 (Seven Questions HMC study for the week of 20-25th November 2017)

ICE BREAKER: How do you respond to someone pursuing you… hopeful, intrigued or irritated?

 

FOCUS SCRIPTURE PASSAGE/S: Ezekiel 34:11-16 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46

  1. READ: Ezekiel 34:11-16. Most of the time we hear messages that point us to be seeking God; Ezekiel points us to another perspective… look at verse 14 again. In what ways have you experienced God searching for you? What comfort can you draw from this passage?
  1. READ: Ezekiel 34:20-24. Perhaps we feel the need for a shepherd who can bring hope and stability. Thank fully we find that in Jesus our Saviour, and Good Shepherd. How can we, as believers in Christ, take up the call to be shepherds to all who may be in need?
  1. READ: Matt. 25:31-44. Think about the people Matthew describes in this passage. We meet Christ when we gather for worship, take a walk along a nature trail, sit beside a dam or the sea, fellowshipping with other Christians or in our own quiet way. How about the people Matthew describes, do you meet Christ in/through them?
  1. We believe that the living Christ is present in all places and situations. How do we bear witness to Christ who is already present when we find ourselves outside of our comfortable places?
  1. When you find yourself caught up in your own interests and concerns that often has no room for others, what helps you to refocus and reground yourself?
  1. READ: Ephesians 1:15-23. Paul has not met the church in Ephesus, yet he’s “heard of” them and their faithful witness and service, and he prays for them. How aware are we about the work that is being done in our church or in different organisations in our local community that brings hope and love to others? How can we become aware of their work and needs?
  1. God gives us a spirit of wisdom and revelation, and this passage is clearly a call to pray for the wider church. What is your response to this call?

 

NOTE: Prayers for SA & the World are posted on the website. Please encourage your group to pray together about these issues and during their personal devotional time in the week.