After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not,
Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”…
… as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I
saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of
King Jehoiachin), the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest.
Main Prayer Focus of the Week:
- That there will be a new understanding of discipling the Media as a part of the Great Commission.
- Envisioning: To pray for fresh vision for audio-visual media in light of the Great Commission and the Kingdom of God.
- Spiritual Warfare: To wage war against the hordes of hell that are confusing the church and resisting her advance in this sphere.
- Recommitment to fulfilling the Great Commission through audio-visual Media.
OVERVIEW OF THE WEEK’S THEME
God is both an audial and visual communicator. God created the gift of sight plus a colorful world; from three primary colors with up to 10 million different hues that a human eye can see. He created sound and music; from the crashing thunder of a huge storm to the sweet chirping of a tiny bird.
The words vision, visions, dream, and dreams appear in the Bible over 240 times. The first person recorded in the Bible to have received a vision from God was Father Abraham. The account in Genesis 15 reveals that it was audial as well as visual. Later God often communicated with prophets through visions.
Audio-visual communication is passing on information in the form of sound and vision. Films, Television programs, video chat etc. are examples of audio-visual communication. This type of communication can provide information more quickly, effectively, and emotionally. Research suggests that we are far better at learning and remembering content we’ve seen in pictures than as text. Motion tends to heighten our emotional responses to images. While words have a place because they help us explore concepts more deeply, in a world where attention spans are short and time-constrained, visual communication is becoming more important. As with all other things, anything that has the potential for great good also has the potential for great evil.
PRAYING FOR THE AUDIO-VISUAL MEDIA
Thank God for:
- The gift of sight and hearing.
- Those using the audio-visual media to communicate truth in every sphere of society.
Ask God’s forgiveness for:
- The failures of the Body of Christ in using audio-visual media for advancing the Kingdom of God in all spheres.
- The promotion of evil and the agenda of the Kingdom of Darkness through the audio-visual media: lies, nudity, pornography, violence etc.
- More and more people who reflect the biblical worldview will enter the space of the audio-visual media as anchors, writers, producers, technicians and owners of media houses.
- Truth will triumph over lies as sons and daughters of God’s Kingdom advance and dominate the spaces in the Audio-visual media.
- More children of God’s Kingdom will arise to express the creativity of God the Creator through the audio-visual media.
- Many will come to know God and come to the knowledge of the truth through the audio-visual media in the years ahead.
- Policies that will promote the positive use of the audio-visual media will be enacted.
- Policies that restrain the use of the audio-visual media to propagate lies, slander, and pornography will be enacted and robustly enforced.
- Programs and curricula that are training mass communicators will be reviewed and reformed to produce individuals with a constructive and positive approach to using the media for the national good.
- The government ministries and agencies that oversee media: Media Council of Uganda, the Uganda Communications Commission, the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology together with the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity will all effectively carry out their respective mandates. Pray for the effective leadership and management of these organizations.
Pray that in the years ahead God will be greatly glorified through Audio-visual Media in Uganda.