Tuesday, December 24, 2013

50 States of Pray: South Africa



Lord God, Father,

Tonight, the night before Christmas, I want to thank You for giving us Your Son. The truth is that His short life on Earth was a game-changer. Your love for us goes so much deeper, so much further than we can even begin to imagine, and without that love, my life, everything I could possibly achieve... everything would have been meaningless.

Thank You, Lord, for the many blessings you've sent my way, and across the way of my loved ones. And thank You for the many opportunities You gave for us to bless others. I pray that next year, I'll learn how to use those chances even better.

Tonight, I want to pray for my country, still settling into a new era now that President Mandela has joined You in heaven. I ask that those appointed to lead our nation do so to the best of their ability. I pray that You guide them, Lord, and guide each of us as members of the nation to find ways to build it into something even stronger, more united than it is today.

I also ask that you be with people who lost loved ones this year. Christmas is a difficult time when those we love are missing from the feast. Please wrap them in Your love, and be with them in noticeable ways as their wounds heal.

Lastly, I want to pray down Your blessing on my family, my friends and their families and friends, and theirs. And theirs. Lead us, strengthen us, and open our eyes to the amazing things You do for us.

I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life
John 3:16

27 comments:

CWMartin said...

I lend my voice to your prayers for your nation. Have a Merry Christmas!

Robin said...

You covered a great deal of territory, Misha. Yes, Christmas is hard when loved ones are not at the table. I pray, too, for those people who are hurting. Many blessings to you, your family, and your country this year! Merry Christmas!!!

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Misha! Thank you for sharing this prayer. Merry Christmas!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amen! I posted the same scripture.
Have a blessed Christmas, Misha.

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

An excellent prayer and not just for South Africa but for the world.
A Blessed Day to you and yours.
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P V Ariel said...

Have a blessed Day
Great points
Keep Going

Bish Denham said...

Amen and Amen. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Misha.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Big Amen to that, Misha!

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

We should all be grateful for His blessings.
Nice blog. Happy Christmas

Donna Hole said...

A beautiful prayer Misha.

....dhole

Donna Smith said...

And I pray that your prayers are answered.
Thanks for sharing this!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Now this is a prayer packed with blessings, wishes and hope. Lovely Misha, thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

Michelle Wallace said...

A beautiful prayer, Misha!
And yes, our leadership need God's guidance to keep this beautiful country on the correct path. Amen.
Have a wonderful, peaceful and blessed Christmas...
Writer In Transit

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Amen to your powerful prayer Misha :) Bloghopping from England!
Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
xx

Michael Di Gesu said...

May your prayer be realized. I could;t agree more!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Misha and may 2014 continue to be a growing and rewarding year! You have given so much of yourself this year and we all appreciate your efforts. ALL THE BEST!!!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Misha - I couldn't agree more with your sentiments - the leaders really do need get their act together .. and lead as true leaders.

I thought I spotted a zebra and thus your prayer would be for all African wildlife - I'm sure it is .. but I had to add the thought in to the prayer fest ...

Have a blessed and peaceful time ... Hilary

M. J. Joachim said...

Such a beautiful prayer! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Nicole said...

Beautiful prayer! Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!

Melanie Schulz said...

Amen.

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

Hi Misha
This is a wonderful prayer. :Have a wonderful New Year.
Blessings.

suesconsideredtrifles said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Yes, we did cover some of the same ground. I like the informal style of your prayer. Every blessing for 2014. Sue

Elizabeth Marro said...

A beautiful prayer. Glad to finally get to your blog. Good luck with your writing and have a wonderful new year!

Rachel Morgan said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and heartfelt prayer with us :-)

Bethie said...

Beautiful Prayer. Blessings in 2014

Dobson said...

A very poignant prayer you shared. I wish all the best for South Africa not only in the coming year but those to come.

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Great telling of the Good News and wonderful blessing. Have a wonderful 2014! Writer’s Mark

Deniz Bevan said...

I'll join my prayers to yours, Misha.

Happy new year!