Four major Ecumenical bodies in Ghana has declared three (3)days national fasting and prayer for all Christian Community in the country to seek the face of the Lord in eliminating the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The 3-day event, which is being spearheaded by Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) and the National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches (NACCC), aims at mobilising the entire Christian community in the country to fast and pray for the entire world using Ghana as a point of contact.
The fasting and prayer exercise which begin Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26, 2020 is under the theme “O Lord, Heal Our Land” with 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 as its theme text.
Pray without ceasing
The CCG President and Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, Most Reverend Paul K. Boafo disclosed this at a press conference held in Accra yesterday,
Giving the aim of the event, Rev. Boafo noted that the exercise is in line with the biblical admonition to Christians to pray without ceasing.
Explaining that following the National Day of Fasting and Prayer observed by Ghanaians on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Rev. Boafo indicated that, the Christian leadership in Ghana has also decided to rally all Christians in the country together to fast and intercede on behalf of the nation Ghana, in particular, and the world at large, in prayer.
“This is a national affair and all Christians are coming together to pray against the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Ghana is standing in the gap for the whole world. So, we will not only pray for Ghana but the whole world, because we are in it together,” he said.
According to the revered, the prayer exercise would be in three segments – morning, afternoon and evening indicating that a prayer bulletin with specific prayer topics has been generated and would be made available to all participants to guide them through the three-day exercise.
Most Rev. Boafo, however, cautioned that Christians should participate in the exercise while complying with the social distancing and other precautionary measures put in place to prevent the spread of the viral disease, stressing that “this is a virtual exercise.”
“We have, therefore, organised this press briefing to send out information to all our members that this is not an opportunity to gather under any excuse, just as churches are reaching out to their members through the various media outlets and Social Media platforms, this is the same way we are organising this exercise of prayer and fasting. This is, therefore, a virtual exercise; so under no circumstance should any of us be found congregating in church buildings or on football that we are participating in this exercise,” he cautioned.
Adding that, “We are all in this together, so wherever you find yourself, in your room, at your workplace, on the market on the farm by the road, wherever, you are encouraged to join in the exercise. We believe we serve a prayer-answering God and He will heal our land.”
Some Christian leaders and dignitaries were Deputy Greater-Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Elizabeth Sackey, the GPCC President and General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Ghana, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong Manso, the General Secretary, GPCC, Rev. Emmanuel Barrigah, the Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries, Mrs Joyce Aryee, the General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi among several others.
There were also representatives of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International-Ghana (FGBMFI-Ghana), Aglow International, Ghana Congress on Evangelisation (GHACOE) and Trustees of the National Cathedral.
As part of the event, the Women’s Ministry of GHACOE presented 400 pieces of face masks to the leadership of the Christian Community for onward distribution to all those who may need them.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS