Nine Prayers for the Referendum
January 6, 2011
I THANK YOU, LORD, for the life you have given us and every single thing you have made available to every single person, especially my fellow Sudanese people. Lord, the referendum is a few days away, so I ask you to give us peace during and after that remarkable moment. Almighty God, make our leaders accept whatever the outcomes of the referendum. Fill their hearts with peace and love so they develop respect for humankind.
I hate war. I therefore humbly ask you to take away anything that might erupt into violence. I know and believe deep in my heart that you have authority and power to save us from situations of terror. You gave us peace, Lord, and then let us enjoy it abundantly. At least everyone can see the illumination of peace that you gave us, from a distance. So it is that peace we need, especially during this critical time of secession of our country.
I ask you, Lord, to choose for us good leaders who are not selfish, but who will consider and respect your creation. I pray you choose for us leaders who are peace-lovers and lovers of their nation, who will serve in accordance to your directions. May you, Lord, watch over our nation and safeguard us from any bad spirits that might get us into violence. We are destroyed by war for the last two decades. And we are now tired. Most of us are still hurting as a result of the war that claimed most of our beloved ones. As we emerge from the affliction of war, I pray you give us good life and restore our towns and villages that are still in desolation. Our hearts want to enjoy real peace that comes from you, Lord.
With all my heart and strength, I adore and exalt you, Lord, because you are the Prince of Peace. I ask you therefore to be the king of my nation, especially during this moment and after the referendum. Save our nation from slipping back into chaos. You know that I totally depend on you, God, for everything. Today I ask you again to lay your mighty hand of peace upon each one of us. Give us wisdom and humble hearts of brotherhood, so that we may see each other as children of the same father as we decide the fate of future Sudan, a nation that you gave us.
Hear my humble prayer, O Lord.
United Methodists offer their prayers -- and favorite photos from Sudan -- in the days leading to a Jan. 9 referendum which will decide if Sudan's southern region secedes from the north. Today's prayer is lifted by OCHAN HANNINGTON, a student at Africa University and former counselor at Holston's Camp Wesley Woods (2008). His home is Yei, Sudan.