Saturday, April 22, 2017 marked the largest prayer meeting in South African history as almost two million people gathered from all parts of South Africa to pray. The event was held on a farm north of Bloemfontein which is centrally located in South Africa.
1.7 million people registered online to attend the historic event and thousands more arrived on the day. The size of the crowd was over a kilometre making multiple large screens necessary, and more kilometres of cabling needed to be added for the sound system to reach everyone.
“Faith Like Potatoes”, Angus Buchan, who is a well-known South African farmer/evangelist had requested a nation-wide prayer meeting regarding the current spiritual and socio-political decline that was becoming prevalent in the nation. The meeting was entitled, “It’s Time”.
“We are tired of people taking the law into their own hands,” Buchan said. “We are going to call upon the Lord to bring justice, peace and hope to our beloved South Africa. He says ‘If My people who are called by My name’—that is you and I, so I want to ask you to pray for us.”
As people were still streaming in droves to the meeting, organizers were forced to delay the start by over an hour.
Prayer Spread Throughout the Entire Nation
Hundreds of people in towns and suburbs throughout the nation that were unable to attend still participated in the prayer time. Some gatherings were held in churches, rented halls, and homes around South Africa. Television broadcasts were not permitted, however Christians still followed the event through social media posts. Additionally, busses and airplanes were chartered specifically for the meeting.
Interestingly, despite the size of the attendance, there was an absence of television advertising and news coverage before the event. Surrounding farmers opened up their land to thousands of campers free of charge and traffic was gridlocked from up to 40 kilometres away.
Evangelist Angus Buchan opened with a teaching on prayer relaying the passage about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before begin crucified. Additionally, he reminded listeners of Moses’ words before parting the Red Sea.
The crowd was led in prayer with “amens” puncturing various junctures. Parts of prayer were repeated such as, “I am praying that South Africa will become a country that takes the Word of God literally as it is written. We say no to immorality. We say no to sex before marriage. We say no to pornography and drug addiction in Jesus name. We say no to racialism in this country. We say no to senseless murder and rape in this country. We ask You Lord to give our armed forces the power to bring stability back to this nation. We ask the Lord for restoration. Restoration in the family. Between mom and dad. Between children and their parents in Jesus name. We pray for respect for old people. For poor people. For rich people. For all people. We say there is no other God save Jesus Christ and Him alone. We will not serve any other God save the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Buchan prayed that the power of the gathering would extend into neighboring countries.
Other church leaders who had attended were equally inspired to pray over their nations.
After Buchan gave a short message, he allowed attendees to pray on their own. Some people prayed softly, others loudly. Some cried out on their knees, and others with outstretched hands waving in the air.
“Here I stand looking at a miracle. The face I am seeing… It is just a miracle,” Buchan said. “Today we are making history, because people said it was impossible to organize such a gathering in six weeks. But here we stand today. What a Jesus miracle!”