Bless the Nation 50 Days of Prayer: Day 48

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Welcome to Day 48 of the ‘Bless the Nation 50 Days of Prayer.’ Family is the focus of our prayer in week 7 and we are privileged to have Zane Meas share his devotional message with us today. Zane is a well-known actor and director as well as the founder of “Fatherhood Foundations”. Since 2008 Zane has been travelling the country speaking on fatherhood and encouraging men to take up their godly roles as head of their households and to be involved, responsible, committed and loving fathers.

Devotional by Zane Meas

Hallo, my name is Sane Meas of Fatherhood Foundation of South Africa. And, yes, many of you who are watching, will recognise me as an actor on Television. Yes, that is my career. I have been an actor for the past thirty years, but my calling is to speak to men about the importance of fatherhood and I have been doing that for the past ten years.

You know, many of us have a career. A career is how you earn your money. It is a biblical principle. Jesus was a carpenter, Paul was a tentmaker, Elisha was busy ploughing when Elijah laid the mantle on him, Gideon was threshing etc., the fisherman had careers, but then we also have a calling on our lives. If your career is how you earn money, then your calling is simply how do you make this world a better place. How do you change this world for God’s kingdom? It is a calling for everyone not just pastors, not just prominent people. Each and every one of us, if you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you have been called to make this world a better place. Now one of the greatest callings that we as mankind have upon us is to be fathers, especially men. Fatherhood is one of the most important anointing’s we carry. A prophet, priest and king of the home.

When God made man, He said: ‘Let us make man in our own image’. So we carry the very DNA of God within us. That is why God made a man first and not a woman. There is a priority to a male. One of those priorities is to be a good father. For the past ten years I have been using the scripture out of the book of Malachi, the last book is the Old Testament, a well-known scripture, every one knows it, Mal 4:5 – 6, to minister my message of redeeming the fatherhood. The scripture simply says:

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet. Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,

And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

That is a very serious indictment. The last word in the Old Testament is a curse. And it is linked to the heart of a father. I sometimes wonder if that is not why governments and countries are in such a disarray, why corruption is rife, is because the leaders, the fathers of our nation don’t have their hearts aimed, turned to the children of the nation, to the children of the country. You know in the book of 1 Kings 20: 13, King Ahab is fighting a large army. He does not know how he is going to win the battle and a prophet comes in and the prophet s says to him: “Don’t worry, King, the Lord says you will win the battle, but he says, ‘who will win the battle’. The Lord says, ‘The young men will win the battle.’ King Ahab says an interesting thing, ‘But who will set the order of the battle.’ The prophet says, ‘You will, the fathers.’ Now isn’t that true of our families, of our communities, of our nation. Our young people cannot succeed; they cannot overcome because the order has not been set for them by the fathers. Rom 8:19 says the whole of creation is waiting in eager anticipation for the manifestation for the sons and daughters, but how can our sons and daughters manifest if they have never been led, never been fathered. Our hearts need to turn back; our calling as fathers has to be the greatest thing God has required from us. Yes, we have careers, very many of us plough our time and our energy into our careers, thinking we are making a better place for our children by giving them the things we didn’t have, but more than the things we give our children, more than the presents we give them, your physical presence is more important, your time is more important, your attention is more important.

So fathers I want to pray for you today. Won’t you join me as we close our eyes. Father, I ask in the name of Jesus as we approach Your throne of grace and mercy. To find grace and to obtain mercy in our time of need as a nation.

I pray for every male every man, every father, who can hear my voice today that You would infill him from the top of his head to the souls of his feet with the original plan and purpose which You created him for with the triple portion anointing of prophet, priest and king. Father infill them with a new desire, a fresh purpose, with wisdom and courage to become the fathers to which You have called them to. This country needs it, our daughters need to hear the words, ‘I love you.’ Our sons know to know their identity; mothers need to know they have the support of the man who helped to make the baby. Call men back from wherever they are, those who are not at home, we call them back and we shout, ‘Daddy, come home!’ We know that there is not distance in the spirit world, arrest them right where they are, and we call them back to the place in their home, the place of their greatest influence. Father we want to thank You that South Africa can be changed, not by politicians, not by people in government, not by leaders but by fathers in their own homes, one man at a time, changing families. Thank you, Father, for Your grace and mercy that has been upon this nation for this time and for this season and we know that for everything under the sun there is a time and a season. We have to grasp this Word and grasp it now. Help us Lord to have our hearts and our ears open to what You are saying to this nation in this time and season. We will never forget to give you praise, honour and glory. We bless You, and we thank you for a changed South Africa, for changed men, for changed families, as we give You all the praise honour and glory, in Jesus name we pray! Amen and Amen. Thank you so much and God Bless.

Daily Prayer Guide:

In the name of Jesus Christ, we bless the children of South Africa. We pray that all children, including the orphans, will grow up in a safe and protective environment. That children will learn to respect and obey their parents, grandparents, elders or caretakers. We bless children with a future filled with hope. May they grow up as sons and daughters of God, knowing how to discern between good and evil, right and wrong and righteousness and wickedness. May the children of our nation be like Samuel, David, Moses, Daniel and others who serve God from a young age, worship Him, obey Him and become leaders in their respective callings.

PRAYER-WALK/DRIVE: Children’s homes.

PRAY for the children in your neighbourhood by name. Pray the blessing of Jesus over them: “I bless you to know how dependent you are on God, for to you belong the kingdom of heaven. I bless you if your mourn, for you shall be comforted. I bless you with meekness, for then you shall inherit the earth. I bless you to hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you shall be filled. I bless you to be merciful, for you shall obtain mercy. I bless you to have a pure heart, for then you shall see God. I bless you if you are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for yours shall be the kingdom of heaven. I bless you when people revile you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for the sake of Jesus Christ. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Mat.5: 2-12, (NKJV)

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