Wisdom, Peace & Healing: A fervent prayer for ZimbabweShuvai Nyoni-Kagoro - 22 Nov 2017
We received this passionate and informative update from Shuvai, a Zimbabwean living in Zimbabwe. She outlines three key ways to pray for this nation at this time:
Without much sleep, I have closely followed events in my country and homeland Zimbabwe, (also known as the Great House of Stone). After 7 days of constant, anxious monitoring – across my Twitter feed, news channels and Facebook page - it has finally happened: President Robert Mugabe has resigned.
But, does this spell the end of adversity and uncertainty? Not at all!
Over the past week, Christians in and around Zimbabwe have been fervently praying for Zimbabwe without ceasing, and the events taking place. This is not new – Christians have been praying for change for almost 20 years of Mugabe’s 37-year rule.
We have prayed for those leading the nation; for unity; for peace and for a clear God-led direction that leads to lasting change.
And now he is gone - and the nation is in rapturous celebration.
So, what now?
We cannot relent: we must continue to watch and pray! Even as we jubilantly celebrate what many have dubbed our “second liberation”, this moment demands that we do not relent.
Rather, we pray some more.
We pray for wisdom, peace and healing across this nation:
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” - James 3:17
We pray for those in leadership - especially in the next few days and weeks. We pray that those at the political and governing tables, with responsibility to make decisions on the future direction of the country will be led by “wisdom that comes from above” Wisdom that will lay a solid foundation for the transformation of Zimbabwe.
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts” Psalm 85:8
We pray for peace, and that we do not return to the ways of the past. Violence, loss of life and lack of peace have been hallmarks of civil and political life in Zimbabwe since independence, but the last week has been marked by the absence of violence- and very importantly - absence of violence against citizens. For this we thank God.
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings.” - Malachi 4:2
We pray for healing in the land of Zimbabwe. During what can be termed the “crisis” years of Zimbabwe - all of my adult life - I have witnessed the decline of the economy, the dilapidation of infrastructure, and rupturing of the social fabric of Zimbabwean society.
Families have been forced apart by economic circumstances, and spread across the globe as Zimbabweans search for better prospects; a chance at a better life.
So, we pray for healing.
For healing and health; reconciliation between people of differing political, ethnic, language, racial, social and economic backgrounds; and, most importantly, restoration of family and social relationships.
We trust that God will continue to show Himself on behalf of the people and nation of Zimbabwe. He is God, Jehovah. He is the Lord.
For practical tips and ways to pray, head to our Pray for the World pages.