We wish to invite Barotse nationals, friends and sympathizers across the world to join us once again for a period of national prayer leading up to the Easter period of Good Friday (Crucifixion Friday), Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday).
Our prayer focus during this period:
1. We pray for those imprisoned, sick and afflicted among us as the LORD admonished all believers through the writer to the Hebrews in the book of Hebrews 13:3 (Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body) ESV. Psalms 69:33 (For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners) ESV. Psalms 146:7 (Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;) ESV. Psalms 102:20 (To hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,) ESV.
2. We pray for our leadership (Barotseland, Zambia, regional and international) at various levels as they are confronted with various leadership and decision challenges, especially as they tackle the Barotseland question. May wisdom, justice and equity be their guiding principles. Scripture focus: 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior) INV.
3. Peace, unity, harmony and togetherness. 1 Corinthians 1:10 (I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.) ESV. 1 Peter 3:8 (Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind) ESV. Romans 12:4-5 (For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.) ESV.
4. Finally, and most urgently, we should pray with anticipation for good and favorable judgment in the Barotse treason trial as our friends in Canada, Australia, America, the Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Botswana and the rest of the world look on and join us in hopeful expectation.
AND ALL THE PEOPLE SHALL SAY, 'AMEN.' - Namakando Nalikando Sinyama
ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY
Scripture teaches that possessions and property may be acquired, for example, under certain conditions by way of reward. Thus even the ox is to remain un-muzzled as it tramps out the grain (Deut. 25:4) and mortals are similarly entitled to appropriate rewards for their labors (1 Cor. 9:9–11). Moreover, all deliberate withholding of wages that are due workers are roundly condemned (Lev. 19:13), because fairness and justice demands the proper pay for honest labor. On the other hand, any gains made through dishonesty must not be given any place in a believer’s life (Eph. 4:28; Prov. 11:1; 21:6; Hos. 12:7; Mic. 6:10–11). That is exactly how stealing is defined.
Possessions and property may also be acquired through inheritance (Deut. 21:16; Prov. 19:14), but even here there is a warning against discrimination (Deut. 21:16). Later on in Israel, only the eldest son received a double portion according to the Mosaic legislation, but this seems to be roughly equivalent to our laws that allow for the executor of the will (in addition to being an heir) to receive a larger portion than the other heirs who are required to pay the executor for the work of distributing the contents of the parents’ will.
Finally, possessions or property could be gained by industriousness (Prov. 10:4; 13:4; 14:23), wisdom (Prov. 3:16; 24:3), or by the development of insight (Prov. 14:15). The book of Proverbs, in particular, stressed the merits of doing a job with pride, satisfaction, and excellence (Prov. 12:24).
THEFT OF POSSESSIONS AND PROPERTY
Theft is both a shortcut to obtaining possessions and property by means of avoiding any work to gain such, as well as by an outright denial of God’s law. Wealth, if it comes to a person, will come either as a result of labor, inheritance, or a gift, but it is easy for either the rich or the poor to violate God’s law, because humans are sinners as well.
The eighth commandment, while one of the two shortest in the Decalogue (Ex. 20:15; Deut. 5:19), taught that stealing was not only taking another person’s property, but it also included all forms of coercion, fraud, or taking another person’s possessions or property without consent, along with all forms of cheating or harming property by destroying its value in one way or another. Thus theft involved the following: robbing victims directly; using indirect and legal means of gaining benefits not deserved; or by being part of a corporate group that steals, even though you are not a knowing party of all that is going on.
Some have tried to argue on the basis of Proverbs 6:30–31 that thievery in times of necessity is not morally wrong. That, however, is to misunderstand this text in Proverbs, for while it compares the sin of adultery over against that of thievery, it argues that the sin of stealing to satisfy one’s hunger brings less dishonor and public shame than one who commits adultery receives—even though both are violations of the law of God. The thief in this case is to be pitied, but the adulterer earns scorn and contempt; his acts of disgrace violate both the law of God and his own marriage vows.
Private property is both a gift and a certain type of power God has entrusted to humanity as stewards. It was God’s intention that mortals should be equipped with this gift and power and that under God they should exercise dominion over the earth. An attack on the rights to private property in recent centuries has denied God’s law and design by weakening those same property rights. Some people, known as “robber barons,” used their power as corporate bosses to trample the law of God underfoot and appealed instead to evolution with its “struggle for the survival of the fittest,” in what became known as “the law of competition.” Oftentimes, the theory of evolution became an excuse for justifying massive theft in all too many instances where the weak or the poor were the victims. Sensing that property was a form of power, the totalitarian state sought to gain more and more power over private property to be able to subjugate the people. Therefore, private property understood as a gift, given to mortals by God to be used for his honor and glory, was often confiscated in increasing portions to ensure the power of the state or of the corporation. This, too, received criticism and judgment from heaven because God did not intend for his gift to be abused in this manner. This can be seen especially in what the state calls “the right of eminent domain.”
IN THE YEAR OF JUBILEE
And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan.
Post courtesy of Namakando Nalikando Sinyama: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/namakando.sinyama
The interdenominational ‘Pray for Barotseland’ global social media network is once again calling for all Christians and Christian groups to get involved in a 24 hour revolving national prayer for Barotseland.
The call is for Christians to pray and fast as much as possible, meeting with others in prayer as well as praying individually. This current urgent call is intended to revolve on the 24 hour, around the clock basis, where believers are encouraged to arrange for prayer at certain times daily and nightly, and have others choose time slots or so, so that there is continual prayer.
“Your countryman, your friend, your leader and your brother as well as the three other men with him need you. They need each one of you. Please lay down your differences and give them to God,” read part of the statement call on the social network’s profile in apparent reference to Afumba Mombotwa and his three co-accused, currently incarcerated at Zambia’s Mukobeko maximum state prison for the condemned under the charge of treason felony, punishable only by death in Zambian laws upon conviction.
Their trial is scheduled to start on the 18th of August 2015. They are accused of having conspired to secede the ‘Western’ province of Zambia to form a new independent state of Barotseland. This is the latest twist in the long standing fall out over the pre-independent Barotseland Agreement of 1964 that joined Barotseland to Zambia, but was unilaterally and grossly abrogated by Zambia, thereby freeing both parties from performing its terms. While its abrogation means Barotseland ceases to exist in the opinion of Zambia, it is the express opinion of the people of Barotseland that the abrogation of the pre-independence agreement means an automatic return to their pre-agreement status once Barotseland accepted its abrogation.
“Pray for their safety from within and without the prison and for their peace of mind. Ask the Holy Spirit to give them a Daniel in the Lion's den experience as well as God to send His Warrior Angels to keep each one of them circled within their protection so that it will be like a hedge (fence) around them as a group and most importantly around each individual... and grant them peace.
“Just as we prayed the time that Mr. Sinyinda and the others were in prison until they were released..pray for these men now.
“Pray for their safety from the other prisoners. Pray that the presence of the Holy Spirit be upon them and within them that those that see them will see and feel it and that they will be changed from that moment on..whether they are a prisoner or a guard or the judge and all others who will be involved with the trial. Pray for honesty to reign in the court..that when accusers attempt to speak their lies..that they cannot.
“Pray for those who were involved with ‘setting them up’ so that they will see their wrong and dare to speak truth.
“Please begin as soon as you receive this and WE ARE GOING TO STAY WITH IT UNTIL THEY ARE RELEASED. We are going to expect them to be released,” continued the statement.
The group has also asked that prayer be made out for and on behalf of the other three Barotseland youths who are serving hard time, in jail, for ‘NOTHING’ so that they too can have a Holy Spirit experience and be released.
Meanwhile, the major church groupings of Barotseland such as the Seventh Day Adventists, Catholics United Baptists, Full Gospel, New Apostolic and others, have particularly being asked to help organize the prayers in their churches.
The global ‘Pray for Barotseland’ social media group has issued an immediate CALL for country-wide prayer and fasting.
The administrator, Heather Neal has also asked the group members, and those that wish to answer to this call for prayer, to remember that unity is the greatest need for Barotseland at this present time. Quoting from the Holy Bible book of Matthew 12:25, Ms Neal said that it was important for the members of the group and the nation at large to remember that a house that is divided can NOT stand.
“HIS ways are higher than our ways...HE is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, therefore, we are calling for a countrywide Prayer and fasting to Seek His will and not our wants.” Wrote Ms Neal on the group’s social media channel, advising members to take the call seriously.
Meanwhile, co-administrator of the prayer group Lubinda has echoed Ms. Neal’s need to pray for unity.
“It is very clear that Barotseland is going through a very critical period, and we need to pray for unity and guidance from the Lord. All we are saying is that can people, families, churches and communities find time within this period to pray seriously for Barotseland and her people and leaders” said Mr. Lubinda.
Ms. Heather Neal further asked members and the nation that specifics will be communicated periodically through the group channel as well as other media.
The Global Prayer Group for Barotseland is a non denominational social network of people from various countries of the world, who have joined together in prayer devotion for and on behalf of Barotseland and Zambia, so that the two will resolve peacefully the matters that have come between them as a result of the defunct Barotseland Agreement of 1964, cutting across political and denominational persuasions.