Praying for the Nations
This week's prayer for the nations will focus on the nation of South Africa.
Capital:Cape Town (legislative). Pretoria (administrative). Bloemfontein (judicial)
% Urban:67.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs:29 %
Official Language:– all the major ethnic languages. English and Afrikaans are the main languages in higher education
Literacy Rate:93 %
HDI Ranking:114 / 189
% Christian:75.2 %
% Evangelical:21.1 %
% Largest Religion:75.2 %
Least Reached People Groups:8
% Unevangelized:2 %
Reconciliation among all races. This applies not just to black-white dynamics, but also to coloured and Indian peoples as well as to relationships among various black ethnicities. The "rainbow nation" must still deal with contempt, mistrust and deep-seated hurts and fears among peoples of this diverse but troubled land. Pray that the Church might lead the way by living out the truth of oneness in Christ Jesus.
Poverty and economic inequality. Land redistribution and affirmative action in employment are contentious intiatives that seek to assist the previously disadvantaged, but they come at a cost to the efficient running of the economy. Extremes of wealth and poverty persist. The black majority itself includes a wealthy elite and a poor majority, but the middle class is growing. Pray for economic measures that might uplift those most needing assistance without crippling the effective running of the economy.
Rape and violent crime rates are alarmingly high. The proliferation of illegal firearms, poverty, desperation and lack of justice fuels hopelessness and anarchy. Pray for those working for justice and for people's safety - especially pray for the beleaguered police force. Pray for Christian ministries working with children at risk, jobless young people, prisoners and the police force. Pray that the spirit of violence - both physical and sexual - might be bound under the authority of Christ.