Jan 10, 2011

Day 10: Praying for Sudan

As Pastor Duane says, fasting is not always about praying for oneself. Wanting to pray for something bigger than my own life, I came across a prayer request alert from an organization I support, Samaritan's Purse. The prayer request regarded their Hope For Sudan project. Beginning yesterday, Sudan has been holding peaceful elections which will continue until next week to vote on whether or not the Christian south should secede from the Islamic northern part of the nation. Thus far they have been able to keep politically separate for the past six years under a peace agreement, which has now expired. Before the agreement, twenty years of civil war had ravaged the country. The church leaders in Sudan, together with Samaritan's Purse, organized a week of fasting and prayer across that country to support this referendum to split the nation for reasons of religious freedom. I first became concerned some years ago because of a display at the library about the ravages going on in this area. With these prayers being for such monumental change, I can't help feeling that my prayers are part of something so much bigger than myself. Receiving answers concerning direction from God is absolutely wonderful, but I like how taking my focus away from myself helps me keep life in perspective.

No comments:

Post a Comment