Prayer ser­vice to help SA rid it­self of cor­rup­tion

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Christians from a num­ber of churches gath­ered at the Port Al­fred Bap­tist Church on Satur­day for a prayer ser­vice for SA.

The peo­ple gath­ered in sup­port of the “It’s Time” mass gath­er­ing or­gan­ised by An­gus Buchan in Pre­to­ria. The lo­cal prayer meet­ing was or­gan­ised by Port Al­fred Min­is­ters Fra­ter­nal, the Ne­mato Min­is­ters Fra­ter­nal and the Chris­tian Men’s As­so­ci­a­tion. The church hall was filled to ca­pac­ity by the time the ser­vice was due to start at 12 noon.

The event was opened by Bap­tist pas­tor Joshua de Wit, who wel­comed ev­ery­one and ex­plained the pur­pose of the prayer ser­vice.

“We are gath­ered here to­day to pray about the dire sit­u­a­tion of South Africa. We want the Lord to hear our cries. God uses op­por­tu­ni­ties to take us through tough times in or­der for us to get closer to him.

“We are fac­ing what we are fac­ing to­day be­cause of sin, and as cit­i­zens of South Africa we need to con­fess our sins to the Lord,” De Wit said.

The prayer points of the event were: Pray­ing for the pres­i­dent and his ini­tia­tive to se­cure in­vest­ment to boost the econ­omy; for jobs and strength­en­ing our econ­omy as en­vis­aged by the pres­i­dent; for women, their pro­tec­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try; for God’s mercy on His peo­ple; and prayer against cor­rup­tion and for those re­spon­si­ble for crimes be held ac­count­able.

De Wit added that Christians need to unite and wage spir­i­tual war­fare for the coun­try, as SA has never needed Chris­tian­ity more than it does at this mo­ment to rid it­self of cor­rup­tion.

The prayer started just af­ter 12 noon, and peo­ple prayed in dif­fer­ent groups, hold­ing hands in unity. They prayed for about 30 min­utes, not stop­ping for any dis­trac­tions.

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