A Prayer for my beautiful South Africa

Our beautiful South Africa has been through an immensely turbulent time in the last few years. Many people feeling the need to protect themselves and their families have felt the need to leave South Africa and with good reason, the crime statistics read like a horror story, racism gets ugly and politics has been somewhat of a joke, not to mention the corruption as well.

Through this all, however, the Lord has never led my husband and I to move countries. There was a time of personal loss where I was quite angry and thought of leaving for the first time ever! But, God… my favourite statement in the world! But God, never really allowed that thought to grow or take actual place in my mind for longer than a week and I believe it is because of the fact that He has enormous plans for our country and each of us has an integral part to play in it, to God be the glory, Amen!

Prayer for South Africa

Now, while praying the other day, the Lord led me to Isaiah 54, when I had prayed it for myself, the Lord said now pray it for your country.

Just before I get into the prayer, something I took away from the Bloemfontein It’s Time prayer meeting of over 1million South Africans was that when South Africa said we are coming together to pray, not one person on the planet asked which god are they praying to? They already knew we were praying to the One and Only, True Living God, God Eternal, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Immanuel, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, three-in-one, Tri-Une God. This led me to naming our country, in my own personal prayer time – South Africa – Country after God’s own heart.

Isaiah 54 – As a prayer over South Africa

The Future Glory of Zion (South Africa – Country After God’s own heart)

“Sing, barren woman (South Africa – Country After God’s own heart) ( the Lord showed me this isn’t just a barren woman but anything that has been in some way fruitless in your life or in your life as you see it in your eyes some sort of fruitless-ness, and in many ways South Africa as a new democracy has felt they have not been living up to their full rainbow nation possibility), you who never bore a child(again, any fruit you felt you should have born by now); burst into song, shout for joy, you (South Africa – Country after God’s own heart) who were never in labour(who never brought your fruit forth); because more are the children(fruits) of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord.

“Enlarge the place of your tent(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), stretch your tent curtains wide(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), do not hold back(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart); lengthen your cords(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), strengthen your stakes(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart).”

“Do not be afraid (South Africa – Country after God’s own heart); you will not be put to shame(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart); you will not be humiliated(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood (A time of shame and reproach, is over)(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). For your maker is your husband(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart) – the Lord Almighty is His name(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart) – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart); he is called the God of all the earth. The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit (I believe this is how we feel if we think about our beloved South Africa, deserted and distressed) –  wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God. “For a brief moment I abandoned you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), but with deep compassion I will bring you back(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart).  In a surge of anger I hid my face from you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart) for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart),” says the Lord your Redeemer.

“To me this is like the days of Noah(this is the Lord speaking), when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), never to rebuke you again(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart).

“(You were like an) Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart) with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). I will make your battlements of rubies (South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), your gates of sparkling jewels(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), and all your walls of precious stones(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). All your children will be taught by the Lord(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), and great will be their peace(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). In righteousness you will be established:

(hear this from the Lord South Africa)

Tyranny will be far from you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart); you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart) will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed (South Africa – Country after God’s own heart); it will not come near you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). If anyone does attack you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart), it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart).”

“See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon formed against you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart) will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you(South Africa – Country after God’s own heart). This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.

I trust this prayer will resonate with your hearts as it has with mine that we will flourish and become the rainbow nation after God’s own heart that He intends for us to be, Amen! South Africa being a nation of farmers, we were desperate for the country to have rain, which we prayed for in Bloemfontein and it happened, we were desperate for the Cape to have rain but we knew if they continued in violence and gangsterism, there would be little chance, so we prayed and the Lord answered it is even still raining in the Cape, praise be to God for changing the hearts of the gangsters! But now, we are desperate for the reign of God in our hearts in order to change our nation from the inside out! Let’s stand together and pray for South Africa to become what has been prophesied for over 100 years, the nation from which International revival will come, a nation after God’s Own Heart, South Africa. It takes every one of us on our knees, let’s pray!