Bless the Nation 50 Days of Prayer: Day 46

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Welcome to Day 46 of the ‘Bless the Nation 50 Days of Prayer.’ With the focus during this final week on ‘Family,’ we have certainly kept the best for last, as you will hear when you listen to Dr Suzette Hattingh’s powerful and passionate devotional. Suzette served Reinhard Bonnke’s ministry, Christ for all Nations (CfaN), as head of the intercession and later as associate evangelist. After that Suzette founded ‘Voice in the City Ministry’, and has returned to South Africa with a passion for governmental and breakthrough prayer. In today’s devotional Suzette gives such a helpful explanation of the five altars of prayer that it will release your prayer life to a totally different level.

Devotional by Suzette Hattingh

It is my joy and privilege to be part of this 50 Days to Bless and Pray for South Africa. My name is Dr Rev Suzette Hattingh of Voice in the City and what a privilege to be at this time part of this time for South Africa. Truly, it is time – it is time for new dimensions, it is time for you child of God to know that God is blessing this land, and you are part of that blessing.

I would like to talk to you about the five altars of God. The first altar we see is the personal altar, the second one is of course the family altar, and I would like to centre in on that family altar today. The third one we see is the church altar, when people come together and pray together in our denominations. The fourth one is our national altar, like we have just seen recently in Bloemfontein where people came together to pray, that is a national altar, our national conferences. Lastly, we see that God also has a city altar. Once again, your personal altar, your family altar, your church altar, your city altar and your national altar. God intends to move by His Spirit in these. I like to tell you how I pray. If ever there was a time for us to go into our personal prayer room just like Matthew 6:6 encourages us, go when you go, close the door behind you, that secret place where you meet with God. It’s not a specific form, it’s not a specific method, but it’s you and the Lord together. What you say there, the Bible says, God will reveal in the open. That is the plan of God, let’s go in there, let’s bless our land. Let’s not pray our history or our problems, why not pray the destiny of God, the destiny of South Africa. Then let’s move on to the family altar. That’s where you and your family come together, be it the father, mother, children, or if you are a single parent or not married at all – wherever you meet with those around you, be it the children of God, be it just you and the Lord and those who come into your house, that is your personal / family altar. That is where I also send my personal / family altar – whoever comes into my house, whoever comes into the hotel where I am, if I take communion before the Lord, then I invite them to be part of my family altar, because they come into my circle at that moment. All the more for husband and wife and children to pray together. When last did you and your spouse pray together, when last did you declare something together or even come before God for your children. God says when two or three agree on touching anything, that includes you, not a form, not a method, but you together before the Lord. I would like further to invite you to our church altar, which is quite strong here on South Africa, Then the next, the city altar, come on, come together leaders, let’s pray together, let’s come together for our cities. Lastly, for our nation, let’s pray the Word, because God’s says, “So shall my Word be, that goes out of My mouth, it shall not return void, but accomplish what it is sent for.” Let’s send the Word, let’s pray the Word, let’s stand together. We bless you, South Africa, for truly, every mountain shall become low, every valley shall be lifted up, every crooked place shall be made straight, and we together will see the glory of the Lord.

Daily Prayer Guide:

Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the LORD has been witness Between you and the wife of your youth, With whom you have dealt treacherously; Yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. For the LORD God of Israel says that He hates divorce, “For it covers one’s garment with violence,’ says the LORD of hosts (Mal.2: 14-16, NKJV)

In the name of Jesus Christ, we bless husbands and wives with godly marriages. We bless them to be faithful to each other, to respect, honour and cherish one another. We bless marriages to produce godly offspring. We confess the many instances of adultery in our nation and ask for forgiveness. We pray that God will have mercy on and restore broken marriages and for reconciliation between separated husbands and wives. We pray for those who are divorced and ask for forgiveness, cleansing and healing. We pray for the young generation in South Africa to resist pre-marital sex, to keep themselves pure until marriage and understand the blessing of marriage as a covenant between one husband and one wife. We pray that marriages in South Africa will once again reflect the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church as his Bride.

PRAYER-WALK: Pray today for married people in your workplace. Bless them with the priestly blessing: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” Num.6: 24-26, (NKJV). Pray also for those around you who are divorced, that God will heal their wounds and restore them to full intimacy with Himself, and bring reconciliation in their families.

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