By Mary Nyibol Maker
My people, all the tribes of South Sudan. There is power and anointing in Daniel’s Prayer. A prayer for Jerusalem for when they lost their way. Our situation resonates with what happened in Jerusalem and that is why Daniel cried out to the Lord and the Lord heard his cry. We too, can pray this prayer, wholeheartedly, sincerely, apologetically and obediently, and our living God will hear us.
God says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14(KJ).
My people, what is happening in our country, to our people, back home and in diaspora is not a mystery! It is not and can not be a surprise! Death from right to left, suffering from East to West and wickedness that is making a 360° circle is not news! All these things are happening because we have turned away from our God. The very God that we proclaimed with our own tongues since 1953 is the God that we are despising now. Since independence, we turned our backs to Him.
We have refused to give him regards even after He delivered us from the hands of the Arabs. What do you people think? Don’t you know that God said that He is a jealous God and that He does not like to share with the devil because they have nothing in common? Why have we forsaken him? Why have we not only refused to care for a brother, or sister, or mother, or father, or elders, or children, or women but decide to abuse them viciously? God is full of wrath! He is loving, kind, forgiving and merciful yes, but he said that he also can revenge, that is why he says, “I will avenge those who wrong you!”
My people, particularly my leaders, fathers and mothers of the nation, please return to the Lord! Please humble yourselves before him and ask for forgiveness and let our heavenly father bring healing to our nation. We are tired! We want rest! I am sure you also want rest! Please do the right and necessary thing! In your own private place, confess your sins and ask God to forgive you, and from there, begin to do what is noble! Our God is faithful and just, he will answer your prayers if you ask genuinely.
Please join me in praying for our country, our people and our individual selves using Daniel’s Prayer. When I started praying it on the 2nd of January 2021, I felt it and I knew this was us in the form of Jerusalem.
Let us pray!
“Lord, you are a great and awesome God. You keep your agreement of love and kindness with people who love you. You keep your agreement with people who obey your commands.
But we have sinned. We have done wrong. We have done evil things. We turned against you. We turned away from your commands and good decisions.
The prophets were your servants. They spoke for you to our kings, to our leaders, to our fathers, and to the common people in our country. But we did not listen to them.
Lord, you are innocent, and the shame belong to us, even now. Shame belongs to the people from Upper Nile to Unity State, Ghahr El Ghazal, to Equatoria, and to all the people of South Sudan, to those who are near and to those you scattered among many nations. They should be ashamed of all the evil things they did against you.
Lord, we should all be ashamed. All our kings and leaders should be ashamed. Our ancestors should be ashamed, because we sinned against you.
But, Lord our God, you are kind and forgiving, even though we rebelled against you. We have not obeyed the Lord our God. He used his servants, the prophets, and gave us laws, but we have not obeyed his laws. All the people of South Sudan disobeyed your teachings and turned away from you. They did not listen to you. We sinned, so you did what you promised to do. All the curses and promises in the law of Moses, your servant, happened to us.
God said those things would happen to us and our leaders, and he made them happen. He made terrible things happen to us. No other city suffered the way South Sudan suffered. All those terrible things happened to us. This happened just as it is written in the law of Moses, but we still have not asked the Lord our God for help.
We still have not STOPPED sinning. We still DO NOT PAY ATTENTION to your truth, Lord. The Lord kept the terrible things ready for us __ he made them happen to us. The Lord our God did this because he is fair in everything he does. But we still have not listened to him.
Lord our God, you used your power and brought us out of Khartoum. We are your people. You are famous because of that, even today. We have sinned and done terrible things. Lord, we and our ancestors sinned against you, so your people and your city became a disgrace to everyone around us. You do so many good things, so stop being angry at South Sudan, your city, your holy land.
Now, our God, hear your servant’s prayer. Listen to my prayer for mercy. For your sake, do good things for your holy place. My God, listen to me! Open your eyes and see all the terrible things that have happened to the city that is called by your name. I am not saying we are good people. That is not why I am asking these things. I am asking these things because I know you are kind.
Lord, listen to me!
The author is a South Sudanese human rights defender and concerned citizen, she can be reached via an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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