When Floyd and I were praying about moving to South Africa, one of the pieces of the puzzle for our future direction was hearing about a prophetic word that had been spoken about Cape Town for decades. The word was that God wanted to send a move of His Spirit "from Cape to Cairo" - impacting the continent of Africa. We knew we wanted to be in Cape Town to pray and believe for that to happen. It was consistent with what was on our hearts - to see revival break out over this continent with tens of thousands coming to know Him.
Since we first heard of this word, Floyd has carried it in his heart personally - asking and believing to see it fulfilled in our lifetime. Believers have come together to pray for this word to be fulfilled by having "40 Days of Worship." The theme is to praise and worship the Lord and believe that that worship will spread to the nations of Africa. Earlier this year there was a national day of prayer with over a million believers joining together in a field in the middle of South Africa......asking God to come and heal our land. Worshipping Him is a natural follow up!
It began this past Sunday, Sept. 24 and will go through Friday, Nov. 3. We trust that many of you will join us in worshipping God for His goodness, His faithfulness, and His desire that all may come to know Him on this wonderful continent?!
I've asked the Lord what part I can play in this, and His answer was simple. Just set aside time to worship each of these 40 days. Even though I'm still feeling very weak, I can do that! I'm also endeavoring to have someone with Floyd each of these 40 days to worship with him.
Please join us - even if only for a few minutes each day. I am excited about what God will do as we humbly worship Him. Our primary purpose in life is to praise and worship our wonderful Father. May these days of worship release what God has for Cape Town, for South Africa, for the nations of Africa, and to the rest of the world!
"Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago." Isaiah 25:1
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" Psalm 150:6
"All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name." Psalm 86:9
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100
"Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, 'The Lord reigns!'" 1 Chronicles 16:31
There is SO much to praise Him for! 40 days won't be long enough.
This past weekend has been a holiday in South Africa. It's called "heritage day." That word heritage has stuck in my mind, and made me think of Psalm 16:6 - "I have a goodly heritage."
I have been thinking about our "goodly heritage." I'm very grateful for what has been deposited into our lives down through the years from our family, our friends, and our leaders. The things God has deposited in our lives from our "goodly heritage" have prepared us to walk on this unexpected journey! We have much to be thankful for.
Monday was day 2 of the 40 days of worship over Cape Town, so when I went to be with Floyd I played worship music for him and sang to the Lord. I thanked the Lord for our "goodly heritage" and for His faithfulness all these months. I have a sense that this time of worship is important. I'm praying we'll see God move in special ways during the 40 days.
Right after David mentions his "goodly heritage," he says "I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:7,8
He finishes off the chapter by saying, "You fill me with joy in your presence." Psalm 16:11
Our heritage in Him includes His counsel, His helping us to not be shaken, and His joy! What a truly "goodly heritage" we have! I couldn't have made it all these months without it! I can't help but worship Him.