This prayer, offered by Tom Leiser at our 2018 Celebration Dinner, reflects our recognition of God’s love and provision for the work He allows us to do at Vision Africa.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
We are so blessed to be here with you tonight to celebrate how You have chosen to use Vision Africa. Our lives are blessed each and every day by your presence in them.
Father you are a God of Love. Jesus taught us that the greatest commandment is to Love You with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds. And then He went on to say that the second greatest commandment was to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are so thankful, Father, that you continue to love us, even when we fall short of these commandments.
You first loved us, so that we would know how to love you. In fact, you loved us before the foundation of the world. Our finite minds cannot grasp that concept Father. Your love for us did not start because of something we did to earn your love; nor did it start when we were physically born or even when we were conceived by our parents. No, Your love for us began before the beginning of earth itself. All humans who have ever been conceived are so precious to you, our Creator, that you loved all of us before the beginning of time. That you knew us and loved us before we were even conceived is a concept that is truly too great and too powerful for us to comprehend. Your love is so wide and so deep for us that you know every hair on our head.
Father, we know that everything we have comes from you, our financial resources, our talents, our health, and even our remaining time on earth, it all belongs to you and we are just your steward. We ask that you guide us in ways that recognize it all belongs to you, Father.
Jesus taught us that there is no greater love than a man being willing to lay down his life for another, and that is exactly what He did for each of us in this room, and for every man and woman who has ever lived. Lord Jesus, You sacrificed your life for each of our sins and yet You continue to love us all! Again, this agape love is beyond our feeble ability to comprehend.
Holy Spirit, thank you for the inspiration that you gave Bishop Sunday which led to the creation of Vision Africa. Your charge to Sunday was to share God’s love with the African people. We thank you for all the ways that you have inspired Vision Africa and allowed us to share that love with the people of Nigeria. We pray that you will continue to bless Vision Africa and we give you praise and thanksgiving for it. Those of us who were on the trip to Nigeria in June felt particularly blessed, and in some ways, we felt like we were re-living the Book of Acts. We had the opportunity to witness you in action, Holy Spirit. We visited the first church plant of Vision Africa which is now flourishing with over 500 members; we witnessed 4 new church plants, one of which already has over 70 regular attendees, we witnessed over 2,100 people receiving free medical treatments and the treatment was a real, modern day miracle for these people. We witnessed hundreds of people profess their faith in Christ alone, while kneeling in a Nigerian downpour in fact, we witnessed one woman so overcome with sorrow and then joy that she lay writhing in the mud during one of these torrential rains.
We were privileged to witness the power of the Vision Africa radio station LOVE 104.1 FM. We heard from people whose lives were saved and whose lives were transformed by the sharing of your Word with them via the radio. Father, we are so grateful for the changed lives and for the privilege of witnessing this small sliver of heaven itself.
Thank you for allowing all of us here to be a part of this work. For Father, we know that prayer is not only preparation for greater works, it is the greater work and we have been praying for Vision Africa and we are now all praying to you praising and thanking you for Vision Africa and for all of the people who have helped build and support it. We are also begging you, Holy Spirit, to lead us only where you would want Vision Africa to go for this is not our ministry or even Bishop Sunday’s ministry, this is YOUR ministry and we ask that you guide us tonight and into the future in ways that are pleasing to you.
We ask all of this in Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen