The second half of this post (under the photo) is in English. My friend requested we write prayers for his birthday.
‘n Vriend het my (en ander) onlangs na sy verjaarsdag genooi en gevra dat elkeen ‘n geskrewe gebed vir Kaapstad moet saambring!!! Yes he happens to have a passion for Cape Town and it’s people, maar ek moet bieg dit is nogal ‘n tall (soos Tafelberg) order om so ‘n gebed te gaan uitdink. Aan die ander kant is dit tog absoluut eenvoudig – ons kan maar net een van die gebede neerskryf wat ons mos altyd vir Kaapstad en sy mense bid… Hoe edel klink dit nou; ons bid mos altyd vir Kaapstad, wel uhm nou ja uh.
Ek sien dus sy strategie in. Wanneer jy so ‘n gebed skryf, bid jy noodwendig die gebed. Deur sy verjaarsdag is hy besig om God se genade en liefde oor Kaapstad uit te spreek. Deur middel van gebede wat nie noodwendig gebid sou word nie, maak hy ons bewus van voorbidding, maar ook gefokusde voorbidding vir die area waar ons woon.
Die natuur (en Tafelberg spesifiek) was nog altyd vir my besonders. Daar is soveel plekke op die berg wat mense nie noodwendig van weet nie en by uitkom nie. Die berg is soveel meer as die kommersiële kabelkar roete waarvan almal weet. Tranquility Cracks is een van daardie plekke wat mense nie noodwendig van weet nie. ‘n Paar krake in die berg wat ‘n speelplek is vir kinders van alle ouderdomme, maar ook ‘n geheimsinnige en pragtige plek. ‘n Plek waar jy die vrede, die tranquility tasbaar beleef om dan weer herrinner te word wanneer mens die berg verlaat, aan die “cracks” waardeur ons vrede kan val en wat ons kan beroof van ‘n God-gegewe tranquility.
Die afgelope paar maande het ek opnuut besef dat daar so baie van die Vader se liefde vir ons en ander is, wat ons nie noodewendig van weet nie. Daar is ‘n speelplek in Hom van misterie en skoonheid vir ons elkeen, waarin Sy vrede, Sy tranquility regeer . Die Gees kom dit openbaar, maar indien ons by die kruis van Christus wil verby leef, crack die tranquility en die vrede verdwyn.
Egbert geluk met jou (en jou seun Eugene) se verjaarsdag vandag 28 April.
TRANQUILITY CRACKS – A PRAYER FOR CAPE TOWN
Lord, I praise you for praying for the people of Cape Town long before this request by my friend. Your words in John 17 are powerful and inspiring:
Jesus praying: “My prayer is not for them(his disciples) alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. John 17:20 – 24 NIV
Jesus I thank and praise you for your prayers, as through the ages people has realized that you are also praying for them (those who believed in you because of the faith of those you have prayed for). Jesus, make your children in Cape Town aware that you are also praying for those who are still to believe in You, via the faith of the current generation of believers in Cape Town. O Father give us the faith to realize that you want to use us to tell people that Christ wants to be in them as He is in you Father. O Spirit please enable us to show the world that we can be one as you are God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Yes Father, we want Cape Town and the world to know that you loved them even as you have loved your Son. Thank you Father that you indeed give us glimpses of your glory – the glory of Christ. But sometimes Lord we become despondent, we may not see the oneness of your children, we may not experience those who in the name of Christ are uplifting people from poverty and notice the people who are striving to better education in the name of Christ. We may see the pressure on the environment and wonder if places like Tranquility Cracks will survive and we may start wondering what your purpose for us is, in all of this. O Lord may your children not experience in Cape Town what Paul experienced in Macedonia:
5 For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within.
Or maybe we should experience this conflict and fear, in order for messengers from God like Titus to cheer us up:
6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. (2 Corinthians 7)
Yes Lord, may we realize that comfort comes from You alone and that we in turn can comfort others and may our comforting contain the message that Cape Town has turned to Christ. Help us to see what you are doing and let us then turn away from ourselves and live in faith and uplift the hunger and the poor and comfort those whose spirits hunger for the Holy Spirit even though they may not realize it, so that we can be one, as you and the Father are one.
May we celebrate your creation and may the tranquility we experience in it bring us closer to you and each other. Please help us to protect your creation. Father I thank you that you took the initiative in my life to bring me back to you and I thank you for the Paul’s and Titus’s who you have sent across my path.
I pray this in the name above all other, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen