Last weekend a large farm outside Bloemfontein was prepared for arguably the biggest prayer meeting in modern day history: “It’s Time”. Over one million people had walked, cycled, and taken every available means of transport to be present before the Lord on 22nd April 2017. It was hard to believe that all of these people came from far and wide to join hands together in fervent prayer for the nation of South Africa.
In the book of Exodus, chapter 3, we read that Moses stumbles across a burning bush and has an awesome encounter with God. God tells him that He has heard the cry of the people of Israel who were slaves in Egypt, and He wants to rescue them. Shortly before the “It’s Time” event, CBN Africa had the opportunity to interview Angus Buchan, the man behind this unprecedented gathering. He explained to us that God “interrupted his quiet time one day” to tell him, “It is time”.
If we are honest about the current state of affairs in South Africa, I think most of us would agree that significant positive change is needed; maybe even the kind that was needed to set the Israelites free from slavery in Egypt. The story of Moses is an encouraging reminder to us that God hears the cries of His people, whether they lived 2000 years ago or in this present day. He not only hears their cries but He cares and wants to move in and breathe the breath of life.
It was awesome to be part of the ‘It Is Time’ Prayer Meeting, but one question I feel many people might be asking is: what happens next and how can I be part of what God is wanting to do for the nation of South Africa?”
I would like to encourage you that it is still time! The question to ask yourself, (whether it was in your capacity or desire to attend the prayer meeting or not) is, Do I trust God for big things in this significant season for South Africa?
Angus Buchan, like Moses, was simply a vessel that God called to proclaim a message of courage and hope. All he needed in response to the call was obedience and some serious faith! Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew 17:20 that “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
We all have our moments of doubt and they can come very easily to us. Even Moses did, at first, when his response to God was “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” in Exodus 3:11. However, I encourage you to remember the response God has to this just a few chapters later in Exodus 33 where He comforts Moses in saying that “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” in Exodus 33:14.