Prayer Strategies in Africa
Ruth's first overseas trip was Nakuru, Kenya. While my friend Sue Showalter and I were in Nakuru, we stayed with the mayor of the city, Alicen Chelaite. She was the first woman mayor of Nakuru, and she also happened to be a Christian. Alicen set many reforms for her city in motion, and as a result, the head of her political party had turned away from her and taken many party members with him, because the money they received was going to fix up the needs of the city and not being put in their pockets. Party meetings were marked by infighting and disunity. Reports of this squabbling filled the local newspaper.
Sue and I had a women’s meeting the final afternoon of the crusade and I taught on “How a Woman Can Build Up Her Home.” We thought the ladies needed their own prayer books, so we had a family book printed there in Nakuru for them. On the front page, we had the scriptural prayers called “Unity.” We told the ladies to pray that page each day for the mayor, so that God would break down the wall of enmity and bring peace through the cross.
The next day we went to the mayor’s church and had the same type of meeting for the women. There, too, we handed out the prayer books. Two nights later, when we came back to the mayor’s manse from being out of town, everyone met us at the door, all talking at once. Their story was encouraging. They had held a political meeting at the manse that evening, and the opposition members had come in with smiles and laughter instead of anger. After everyone had sat down together, the rebel members now said they were ready to lay aside their differences so that they could be a unified party again.
Before we left the city, the mayor’s pastor came to say good-bye. He reported that the women of his church were already giving reports of good things happening in their homes after just three days of praying these prayers.
Later, after going home, we heard many good reports from Kenya. Emily, the mayor’s house girl, memorized most of the book while we were there. She reported, during the summer of 1998, that her mother had been in the hospital in a coma with malaria and was not expected to live. Emily sat by her mother’s bed and read aloud from the Prayer Strategy Resource Book until her mother was raised up — healed.
In Nakuru, the people continued to pray the “Unity” page for the city. Soon, ten churches were able to come together. They rented the largest stadium in Nakuru for a joint meeting. This type of united effort had never happened in that city before.
Under deep conviction, the Christians confessed their sins and the sins of their people. Then they wrote those sins on old rags, put the rags in a dumpster and burned them. The Spirit of the Lord came down, and many sinners were saved and many sick people were healed that day. It was awesome what God was doing.
Do you think if we in USA would prayer some of these "Bringing Unity" prayers, that God would answer our prayers and bring unity to our people at this time political unrest ?
BRINGING UNITY PRAYERS
It is good and pleasant that we now dwell in unity! Because
of our unity, You have commanded a blessing on us,
even life forever more. Psalm 133:1,3b KJV Behold, how good
and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity: for
there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Thank You, God, You have helped us to live with patience
and harmony with each other with Christ-like attitudes, so
we praise You with one voice, giving You glory. We now
receive each other warmly as Christ received us, so You
are glorified. Romans 15:5-7 KJV Now the God of patience and
consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according
to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify
God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive
ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Jesus, You are our way of peace. You have broken down
the enemy's wall that separated us. You have made all of
us who opposed each other parts of You, and in that way,
we have become one. Ephes 2:14 AMP For he himself is our
peace - our bond of unity and harmony. He has made us both one
(body) and broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing
wall between us, by abolishing in his own (crucified) flesh the enmity
(caused by) the law with its decrees and ordinances - which He
annulled: that he from the two might create in Himself one new quality
of humanity out of the two - so making peace.
We keep the unity of the spirit in a bond of peace. Ephes.
4:3 We keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
filled with wisdom, and Your grace is upon them.
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