Letter to the Editor

Going for prayers abroad form of tourism

Dear editor,
IN THE Zambia Daily Mail edition of Monday, November 5, 2018, the article headlined “Malanji advises prayer warriors” caught my attention. Indeed Hon. Joseph Malanji’s advice is timely.
I fail to understand why some Christians, especially Pentecostals, travel abroad at a great cost in search of prayers for prosperity and healing when there are pastors locally.
The electronic media is now airing more local preachers, and they seem anointed too. Obviously I ask myself whether the Zambian Pentecostal preachers I see on TV are not equal to the same preaching and prayer task.
Zambians who choose to go abroad at a great cost are just promoting prayer tourism abroad in the host countries.
Not long ago I visited my children living in South Africa and found one already prepared to go to West Africa for the prayers. She luckily heeded my advice that God could still hear her prayers right from her house. With the money she intended to use for travelling, she bought a car. In another case, a man disregarded all advice and spent a fortune to travel abroad to seek healing. He came back and to date he has no child and is poorer.
It is true that tourism is a money-spinner for a country. But Zambians travelling abroad for prayer tourism is surely draining the economy.
It is sad that some Christians have also ended up getting stranded whilst abroad for prayers, which is a worry to Government?
Though there is little that Government can do to curtail the resource (foreign exchange) haemorrhage through prayer tourism, Christians in Zambia should recognise the plain truth, that it is biblical for one to seek God privately for any fortunes or challenge. Even while confined in their own bedrooms, God will hear their prayers and provide answers only according to His will. Further, the Bible says that God cannot be tempted [but] He knows all our needs. There is therefore no need to go on prayer tourism.

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