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Zambia prays

STEVEN MVULA & KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA yet again rewrites history today as citizens gather in prayer, fasting and repentance to seek God’s guidance as the country endeavours to develop.
The country has been Africa’s pioneer in many areas of human interest and development, ranging from independence to multi-party democracy and now national day of prayer.
President Lungu designated today for prayer, fasting and repentance following in the foot-steps of some of the world’s best known presidents such as United States of America’s George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
The President has won praises from far and wide for recommitting the country to God.
The United Party for National Development has made a huge turnaround on the matter. After initially saying they would not participate, party spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa yesterday urged all its members to turn out in numbers for the prayers.
The rest in the political arena have welcomed the move and so have various religious leaders and other interest groups.
To show how serious he is about the declaration, President Lungu and his family will be among hundreds of Zambians expected to gather at Lusaka’s showgrounds.
In broader perspective, the occasion is meant to commit the nation’s destiny to God’s providence.
“Our founders placed the national flag at the high altar of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, on the 25th of October in 1964. This alone shows that the destiny of this nation is with God,” President Lung said when he declared October 18 as the day of national prayer, fasting and repentance.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) has listed 13 points of prayer.
These are: national unity, the economy, constitution-making process, poverty reduction, 2016 general elections, rain and education.
Other prayer points are health, mining operations, the media (to be factual and fair), the church and to merely thank God for the stable government and the upcoming independence celebrations.
Reverend Pukuta Mwanza, the executive director of the EFZ, said people must also pray for the Government, political parties, traditional leaders and the civil society.
“These prayers are necessary because there is need for tolerance ahead of the 2016 tripartite elections. We need cohesion among different political parties and tribes,” Rev Mwanza says.
Pastor Godfrey Msiska of the Independent Pentecostal Restoration Fellowship has described today as “significant and solemn”.
He said there is need for divine intervention in the wake of natural disasters and economic challenges.
“We need to invoke divine intervention. We are submitting and consecrating this nation to God,” Pastor Msiska said.
“And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least … God saw their efforts to renounce their evil ways. And God relented about the disaster which He had threatened to bring on them, and He did not bring it. (Jonah 3:5, 10),” declares the Word of God.






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