CAST Voices Devotion: Prayer
By Nomakaya Mpambaniso
Scripture: Ephesians 6:18-20
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
The Spirit of God is the one that helps us how to pray, and will guide us to the truth. God and the Spirit are one, so the Spirit will intercede for us to give us more hope and more strength. Our fight is not against flesh and blood, we are fighting the darkness; things we do not see. The Spirit of God is hovering over us and helping us to overcome tough situations. We must not get tired or give up. We must continue praying. Greater things will happen.
Let’s pray for our country, for our president and all the ministers to find direction. Pray for our families, for marriages to be honoured, and for the youth to come to know the Lord Jesus and not be influenced by the world. Let us also pray for our local churches to become more involved, especially with the youth, our future generation. Pray for all of our communities, for their hearts to have passion in our programmes and build relationships to support one another. As the schools reopen for the next term, let us continue praying for Wordworks and the pregnancy group that provides support for young mothers still attending school.
Without prayer we cannot do anything, because God is the one changing people’s lives. When we commit ourselves to the Lord Jesus, and call on him, He hears us. So let us be with the Spirit all the time, even if we are busy driving or working, God is hearing us, and His voice is so near to us.
Questions & Reflection:
- Think about our youth, in terms of mentoring and parenting, and how the power of prayer can change their lives.
- Can you make time to visit in the communities, go to the shacks and sit down and listen to the stories of different families and pray with them?
- So often we forget to thank God in our prayers for what we have been blessed with. Reflect on this, and pray for those who do not feel God’s presence in their lives.