Our nation is in trouble. It is clear there is a fight going on for the soul of our nation. So many things seem to be going wrong. Every time we watch or listen to the news we hear horror stories: abuse of women in the hands of those who are supposed to love and protect them, violence at schools, rising racial tensions, dysfunctional political system, as if that is not enough, the church, that is supposed to be a place of hope and refuge is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
24thFebruary, a 28-year-old murdered by a group of high school pupils.
1stMarch, an actor stabbed to death for his cell phone.
10thMarch, a 17-year-old stabbed to death, a victim of gang related violence.
12thMarch, a learner stabbed to death for his matric farewell shoes
13thMarch, an 18-year-old student stabbed to death outside school.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested in connection with one of the murders. This is disturbing, discouraging and baffling. How did we get to this point as a nation? It has become obvious at this stage that even politicians are powerless to do anything to fix what is broken in our nation.
A 13-year-old is too young to be associated with such a violent crime. I guess it is one of the mysteries of human behavior that even science cannot explain. But the Word of God shed some light on what we are faced with as a nation. There is a battle raging around us, and it is spiritual in nature.
Ephesians 6:12 “ For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Our nation is experiencing a spiritual problem, and a spiritual solution is needed.
In the book of 2 Chronicles 7:14, God is calling on His people to do something about the situation. “ If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Seasons of distress and hardship call for God’s people to do something about the situation. God is looking for men and women with humble hearts; who are willing to stand in the gap for our nation. He is not looking for multitudes because to Him a few make a majority. Through the faithfulness of a few, many can be delivered. God reduced Gideon’s army to less than 1%, from 32 000 to 300 men and victory was achieved.
Satan is on a mission to gain an advantage over us, to capture the hearts of our children and mess with their minds. But we are not ignorant of his devices, according to 2 Corinthians 2:11. It is a terrifying thought to know that our children have an enemy that actively plots to use them to destroy themselves and others.
As Christ’s followers let’s pray for our nation, lets join our hearts and offer up prayers for this beautiful ‘rainbow nation’. We have weapons strong enough to destroy strongholds, 2 Corinthians 10:4. We can defeat this enemy and intercept his demonic activities in our nation through prayer.
God is able to redeem the souls of our children from satanic markets and prisons and free them from any kind of satanic activities. He is able to replace the anger and violence in their hearts with joy and tranquility.
We are living in dark times, and much as it is tempting to think that we have reached a point of no return, there is hope. Jesus, the Light of the world is our hope, because light always wins.
“There has never been a time when light did not win over darkness. There are times when darkness feels like it is winning but that is an illusion. Light will always conquer darkness.” Makeda Pennycooke.
We can conquer this enemy through prayer.Prayer is our greatest weapon in this world. .