We are about to pray for the mass rapes occuring in Walikale in the DRC in Africa…
Julien Harneis has 61 public images take around Walikale and Goma areas.
According to reports over 15,000 people – and probably far more – have been raped in this territory. 12 villages out of the 15 in the territory (Busurungi, Moka, Nyamimba, Kichanga, Katokoro, Kifuruka, Bunyamisimbwa, Kilambo, Ndaboye, Kahunju, Tuonane, Kamanyola, Kamaito, Kasebunga and Kitemera – Wikipedia) are named as areas where rape has been reported.
So let’s cover the whole area in prayer, shall we? 🙂
What’s their motivation?
Apparently the military forces in that region rape people (men, women, pygmies) to acquire spiritual power…
Congo soldiers raping for supernatural powers – May 10, 2009 – The Age
Who are we praying for?
My concern is for the people being hurt. Their lives are being ruined. My concern is also for the people who think they need to gain spiritual power. Why do they think they need it? What drives them to do such inhumane things to other human beings? And let’s pray for the affected families…
everyone in these villages is now very withdrawn and cold and in need of psychological assistance,” said Baguma. “At first many husbands did not reject their wives, but the men feel ridiculed and couples are starting to have problems.” – Radio Netherlands Worldwide
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:17
Jesus Christ is that doctor. And we trust Him to resolve the situation there and to make Himself known to the abused and also to the abusers.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. – Joh 3:36
That is an unpleasant fact about this world – the wrath of God is always coming onto this world. Why? Our sin separates us from God. Period. BUT. Jesus Christ died for all sin – and it takes faith the receive that gift.
Who can receive that gift?
Can we receive it on behalf of someone else? Sure! Of course!
Isa 59:16-17 He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
When Jesus healed someone often it was NOT the person themselves who had faith, it was the friends lowering the person through the roof, a mother on behalf of her daughter, a Roman on behalf of his servant and so on. We can and must intercede on behalf of this world.
When the disciples came back and complained that they couldn’t heal a particular person, who did Jesus rebuke for not having enough faith? The sick person? No of course not. He rebuked His disciples. That’s you and me. We need to have faith. Sick people BY DEFINITION do not have faith.
(Pet peave: I never again want to attend a conference where the guy up front tells me I have to raise MY faith level. You are the disciple. You should have the faith!)
Can we pray for them?
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak. – Isa 59:16-17
Barnes says this…
That there was no intercessor – On the meaning of the word here rendered ‘intercessor,’ see the notes at Isaiah 53:6. The Chaldee renders it, ‘There was no man who could stand and pray for them.’ In Isaiah 63:5, Isaiah expresses the idea in the following language: I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold.’
What kind of prayers?
Unlike our previous prayers, I doubt we will see a rewarding newspaper article announcing the end of hostilities, or the sudden reintegration of rebel groups. So… no emotional payoff. Sucks. There might be an earthquake or two. That’d be cool 🙂
We have to pray in faith, knowing that Jesus Christ hears our prayers and knowing that it is our faith which overcomes the evil of this world.
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. – 1 John 5:4
Would you like to intercede for peace in your country or in the world? All you need to do is get a map of the area you want to pray for and get this list of scriptures (or download the MS Word version) and speak each scripture out over the area you are praying for. It’s as easy as that.