Prayer initiative starts on Ascension Day

2017-05-31 06:05
Reverend Jannie Pelser, initiator of the SA Pray initiative. Photo: supplied

Reverend Jannie Pelser, initiator of the SA Pray initiative. Photo: supplied

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SA Pray, an initiative supported by Christians, is launching a national call to pray for our country and its people during these challenging times. SA Pray runs from May 25, (Ascension Day) until the last day of Pentecost, June 4.

“We live in turbulent and challenging times and Christians have a vital role to play in times like these,” said Reverend Jannie Pelser, initiator of the SA Pray initiative. The state of our nation compels us to join hands as we look to God for healing and restoration. Currently too many challenges are to be negotiated - corruption, crime and violence, poverty and unemployment, prejudice such as racism, drug abuse, disintegration of families, to name just a few. These issues are causing in inordinate amount of worry and stress to South Africans.”

SA Pray trusts God to bring about meaningful change in our time through the obedience and service of God’s people. The period May 25 to June 4 is significant because of Ascension Day and Pentecost. Even though these religious festivals are not public holidays they are celebrated by millions of believers in South Africa.

Ascension Day celebrates the complete and successful sacrifice of Jesus and His ascension to heaven where He is seated in a position of authority.

Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to equip the believers for their calling on Earth. Christians, and the nation, are called upon take time out of their daily schedule to pray wherever they are.

Two hours of prayer, from 12pm to 2pm, is suggested where prayer is either initiated, facilitated or supported at work, home, business, the office, with friends, in the classroom, on sports fields, in gymnasiums, at churches.

The SA Pray initiative is supported by various faith-based organisations, churches, millions of concerned Christians in South Africa.

Churches are encouraged to open their doors for people to withdraw in prayer. In the end, 55 million people, South Africa’s total population, need to pray.

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