FOUR PRAYERS FOR AFRICA

The first is by Trevor Huddleston (1913-1998), Anglican bishop and political activist, and it is very brief…

God bless Africa;

Guard her children; 

Guide her leaders and give her peace,

For Jesus Christ’s sake,

Amen.

The second, my personal favourite, is by John Knox Bokwe (1855-1922), celebrated Xhosa hymn writer and Presbyterian minister…

[It has a haunting melody, and is beautifully sung by Sibongile Xhumalo, among others]

Give a thought to Africa

‘Neath the burning sun.

There are hosts of weary hearts,

Waiting to be won.

Many lives have passed away

And in many homes

There are voices crying now,

To the living God.

Tell the love of Jesus

By her hills and waters:

God bless Africa

And her sons and daughters.

Breathe a prayer for Africa

God, the Father’s love

Can reach down and bless all hearts

From his heav’n above

And when lips are moved by grace

They so sweetly sing

Pray for peace in Africa

From our living God.

Tell the love of Jesus

By her hills and waters:

God bless Africa

And her sons and daughters.

The third prayer is an Afrikaans translation of the above, by Bouwer van Rooyen. The lyrics are superb…

Laat ons bid vir Afrika,

Land van helder son

Daar is soveel wat nog wag

Om verlos te word

Vele lewens reeds verby

En nog soveel meer

Roep om redding tot U, Heer,

U is lewend God.

Laat dit wyd bekend word,

Elke tong en taal pleit saam:

God seen Afrika

En sy kinders een vir een.

Kom ons bid vir Afrika;

Here wil U gee

Dat God se liefde heers

Oor ons wye land

En dat God regeer.

En wanneer ons saam aanbid

Voor die troon van God,

Bid vir vrede in ons land

En dat God regeer.

Laat dit wyd bekend word,

Elke tong en taal pleit saam:

God seen Afrika

En sy kinders een vir een.

God seen Afrika

En sy kinders een vir een.

God has not finished with Africa yet! Let us earnestly pray for Africa in the words of JESUS (Mt. 6:9-13/NLT)…

Our Father in heaven,

may your name be honoured.

May your kingdom come soon.

May your will be done here on earth,

just as it is in heaven.

Give us our food today,

and forgive us our sins,

just as we have forgiven those who

have sinned against us.

And don’t let us yield to temptation

But deliver us from the evil one.

Amen!

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One thought on “FOUR PRAYERS FOR AFRICA

  1. Concerning the ‘Four Prayers,’ I have to tell my readers, for your encouragement, that this particular blog has been by far the most popular of all the blogs that I have published over the years. It gets hit at least 2-7 times per day, from places all over the world. This is wonderful, because it means that our continent and country (SA) is being prayed for in an extensive way – may the Lord have mercy on us all and send us an awakening that will bring glory to Jesus! With appreciation and love.

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