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A Prayer for Zimbabwe

 

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 117, Psalm 126:4-6, Jeremiah 30:17, 19-22

 

Reflections of the Heart:

Zimbabwe is a country in crisis: an economic and social collapse is occurring in a country whose motto is “Unity, Freedom and Work” as a “dictatorial democracy” has become the law of the land, tribal warfare has killed an indeterminate number of people and sent thousands fleeing the land, and unemployment has reached an astonishing 94 percent. Let us pray to the Father that Zimbabwe be ruled by leaders who put the needs of the people over their own ambitions; that a stable financial system be established in order to re-build the country’s infrastructure; and that foreign citizens will pay heed to God’s call to love their neighbors as they love themselves.

 

Scriptural Prayer:

 

O Lord, You are our God. We extol and praise Your name for You are faithful and true.[i] You are an eternal Rock[ii] in whom we find refuge.[iii] There is no savior but You – none can deliver but You.[iv] Your name and Your title are the desire of our souls.[v] Our souls glory in You and we exalt Your name[vi] for what a great God you are![vii] Praise be to our Rock, the Lord who lives![viii]

 

Father, we put our hope in You[ix] as You are a refuge to the poor and to the needy in distress.[x] We confess that when You see the affliction of Your people and hear their cries, You work signs and wonders and make a name for Yourself.[xi] You restore lands so that people will give You thanks for Your goodness and mercy.[xii] We confess that as You restore Zimbabwe, the people will praise You as their deliverer. They will sing Your praise as they tell of how You answered when they called for Your help.[xiii] We confess that they will bless You at all times; they shall constantly speak Your praise.[xiv]

 

Father, we ask that You restore the country of Zimbabwe to its former glory. As the God who heals all diseases[xv]we ask that You, Jehova Rapha, stop the outbreak of cholera that is occurring in the country by providing adequate resources to repair the water and sanitation services. Father, break the cycle of famine by providing bread[xvi]to the people who are scrounging for food; send showers of blessings so that the orchards and fields of Zimbabwe will yield bumper crops.[xvii] Jehovah-Jireh, as the God who provides, please stabilize the economy of Zimbabwe so that those who are working will be able to earn fair wages and provide for their families. Provide enough resources to re-open hospitals and schools throughout the country. We ask that You protect the aid workers who have traveled to the country in the hopes of providing relief  to Your people; accept their selflessness as an attempt to do what is right and just in Your eyes.[xviii]For those citizens of Zimbabwe who are fleeing to South Africa in search of a better life, provide them safe passage as they cross the Limpopo River; protect them from the arrow that flies by day, the pestilence that roams in darkness, and the destruction that lays in wait at noon.[xix] Holy Spirit, inspire the people of South Africa to help, not oppress or mistreat, those citizens from Zimbabwe who are seeking refuge.[xx] Father, we ask a special blessing over the women and children of Zimbabwe: please protect the woman and girls from bodily brutality.

 

Abba Father, spread Your protection around[xxi] the children who have been orphaned or abandoned to shield them from the gumagumas[xxii] seeking to exploit their innocence and vulnerability in Zimbabwe and in the countries where they may seek refuge. In regards to the government, we ask that You remove the chains of oppression that have been imposed by the country’s current rulers.[xxiii] Holy Spirit, guide the leaders of Zimbabwe in Your truth:[xxiv] touch and inspire them to seek peace[xxv] and to rule with fairness[xxvi]by reminding them that all people, including leaders, will be subjected to judgment by You, O Lord, and that You show no partiality.[xxvii] Holy Spirit, descend upon the dissenters in Zimbabwe who are being tortured for speaking out against the country’s rulers; impart wisdom upon them so that they will be able to withstand their persecution knowing that those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness have a place in the Kingdom of Heaven.[xxviii] Holy Spirit, we also ask that You inspire world leaders to take a more active role in restoring Zimbabwe; let foreign dignitaries become more attentive to the numerous crises that are occurring in Zimbabwe; allow foreign governments to work with Zimbabwe’s leaders to negotiate and foster humane solutions that will ease the country’s economic crisis; inspire religious leaders to promote prayer for the troubled country; and inspire the citizens of all foreign nations to call upon their religious and secular leaders to press for a government that will impart laws that are in accordance with Your law and Your ways.[xxix]

 

What can be done to influence foreign governments to intervene in the crises in Zimbabwe?

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Father, we ask You to forgive the people of Zimbabwe for their sins. Forgive those who are preying upon the poor and distressed people in the country. Forgive those citizens who have an abundance for allowing their fellow countrymen to scavenge for food. Forgive the leaders of the country for turning a blind eye to those who are in need, and for not acknowledging that their people are indeed suffering. Forgive the leaders for the dictatorial rule they have imposed upon  the democratic land.  Father, please forgive the citizens of foreign nations for their lack of knowledge and inattention to the plight of the people in Zimbabwe. We also ask that You forgive the people of foreign nations who are turning away refugees from Zimbabwe. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed.)  Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive.  As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive.  (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive.  As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).”  Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)

 

Holy Father, help them to not yield to temptation, but deliver them from the evil one.

 

Lord, vast is Your power.[xxx] You have made the Heaven and Earth by Your great might; nothing is impossible with You. [xxxi] The Heavens declare Your glory, sending forth Your message to the ends of the world without a word or a sound.[xxxii] Let all servants, great and small, revere You; [xxxiii] as all salvation, glory and might belong to You,[xxxiv] O Lord. Let everything that has breath praise You![xxxv] In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


[i] Isaiah 25:1

[ii] Isaiah 25:4

[iii] Psalm 94:22

[iv] Isaiah 43:11-12

[v] Isaiah 25:8

[vi] Psalm 34:3-4

[vii] Psalm 77:14

[viii] 2 Samuel 22:47

[ix] Psalm 33:20

[x] Isaiah 25:4

[xi] Nehemiah 9:9-10

[xii]Jeremiah 33:11

[xiii] Psalm 31:22

[xiv] Psalm 34:1

[xv] Psalm 103:3

[xvi] Nehemiah 9:15

[xvii] Ezekiel 34:27

[xviii] Proverbs 21:3

[xix] Psalm 91:5-6

[xx] Exodus 22:21

[xxi] Psalm 5:11

[xxii] This is the name that is given to the bands of thieves who prey on refugees. (New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com)

[xxiii] Isaiah 58:6-7

[xxiv] John 16:13

[xxv] Luke 1:76

[xxvi] Psalm 98:9

[xxvii] Ephesians 6:9

[xxviii] Matthew 5:10

[xxix] Proverbs 8:15

[xxx] Psalm 147:5

[xxxi] Jeremiah 32:17

[xxxii] Psalm 19:1-5

[xxxiii] Revelation 19:5

[xxxiv] Revelation 19:1

[xxxv] Psalm 150:6

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