|Global Day Of Prayer|
In July 2000 God captured the heart of a South African Christian businessman, Graham Power, with a vision based on 2 Chron. 7:14. The vision had three clear instructions:
1. To call Christians from all denominations in Cape Town for a Day of Repentance and Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium.
2. To challenge Christians across the rest of South Africa to unite in a Day of Repentance and Prayer.
3. To challenge Christians in Southern Africa to unite in a Day of Repentance and Prayer.
In March of 2001 more than 45 000 Christians united for a Day of Repentance and Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town. It was a day of intense intercession that transformed lives and was reflected in a changing city in the months to come. Testimonies of transformation caused the vision to be spread into the rest of South Africa and planning immediately started for similar prayer gatherings in 8 provinces of South Africa for 2002.
In February 2002 Graham Power had a second vision. This vision had an even bigger challenge: The whole of Africa was to gather in a Day of Repentance and Prayer, changing Africa to become a “light to the world”. Eventually, Africa was to invite all the nations of the globe to unite in this move of transformational prayer.
In May of 2002 Christians in South Africa gathered in 8 different venues for a Day of Repentance and Prayer. Again, the testimonies of church unity and the healing of communities inspired leaders to expand the vision into the rest of Africa. At a Summit in September 2002 leaders of 9 African countries agreed on the vision “Africa for Christ”.
At the same time, it was clear that different prayer streams from across the globe were flowing in the same direction with a similar vision of community transformation through prayer. God was busy raising up a church of intercession in order to prepare communities for the revelation of His glory.
|Unity in the Body of Christ|
A common misunderstanding among Christians is to think that cooperation is the same thing as unity. Cooperation would be like several churches coming together for food, drinks, ushering etc. for an event. That doesn't?t mean that other than that event they are really in unity from day-to-day. Unity involves one-accordance in diversity. A family is composed of members all different from one another, yet they function as one entity. An orchestra is made up of many different kinds of instruments and sounds, with each one having its own special character.?
Diversity is a necessary ingredient of unity. A house, a priesthood, a nation, and people all involve unity with great diversity. In fact, true unity demands diversity; otherwise, it would be uniformity, not unity. Today, the gifts and calling of God for each church are unique?All churches function to some degree in each of these areas, but they also have one or two areas in which they excel, depending on the calling and anointing that the Lord has given them.
The Lord has strategically placed specific churches in our localities so that together we can reflect the glory of God?s character to the community. As I walk with the brethren, my weaknesses will be covered by their strengths; likewise, my strengths will cover their weaknesses. In fact, the Lord created us with weaknesses and strengths so that we would need to be united in order to fulfill His purposes.?
|Equip the saints “that they be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:3b).|
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