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ACSI Prayer Hour, Embracing Hope


In a world sometimes filled with chaos and uncertainty, there are moments that shine brightly with hope and joy. The 23rd of April was one such occasion as ACSI hosted a heartwarming prayer hour that brought people across Southern Africa together, virtually linked, to lift up South Africa in prayer. It was a beautiful gathering where people from different walks of life joined hands to pray for the upcoming election scheduled for the 29th of May 2024.

Guided by the timeless wisdom of scriptures, the prayer session felt like a warm embrace. With Timothy 2:1-4 as our guiding light, we prayed for all people, especially our leaders, asking for peace, unity, and blessings upon our nation.

The hour was filled with hope as we shared passages such as John 8:32, to celebrate the freedom that truth brings, and Psalm 46:1, where we find solace in the comforting arms of our Almighty God during troubled times. Each prayer point felt like a burst of sunshine, reminding us of God’s unwavering presence and love for us, as expressed in Isaiah 50:10.

As we approach the election, our prayers become anchored around trusting in God’s plan. During the Prayer Hour we prayed for wisdom, fairness, and integrity, trusting Proverbs 3:21–23 to guide us safely through the electoral process. And with Isaiah 28:17 in mind, we asked for divine protection against any unjust interference.

But it wasn’t just about politics; it was about people. We prayed for the candidates and leaders, drawing inspiration from Galatians 5:15 to encourage kindness and respect amidst differences. With Psalm 111:10 as our anthem, we asked for wise counsel to surround them, guiding them in their decisions.

Looking ahead, our prayers extended beyond the election to encompass the next chapter, “What happens after the elections?”, especially in the education sector. With Isaiah 11:2 as our inspiration, we prayed for wisdom and understanding to permeate our educational institutions, ensuring a bright future for our children.

As we concluded the Prayer Hour, there was a sense of joy and anticipation in the air. We had come together, not just to pray, but to share our hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow. And as we look forward to the next gathering on the 23rd of July, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the opportunity to come together in love and unity once again.