Some members of the clergy in Blantyre and the surrounding areas on Saturday converged on Bangwe Community ground in Blantyre to pray for the country against murders, theft, alcoholism, drugs, sexual and drug abuse, sickness and diseases, poverty and unnecessary divisions.
Organiser of the prayers, Apostle Emmanuel Moses Lumwira who heads Apostolic Prophetic Royal Assembly (Apra), described Malawi as having sinned.
“Malawi has sinned, it has never respected main stream churches as well as spiritual fathers who nurtured most of Pentecostal leaders into their various ministries. So, Malawi must repent for its evil doings before God.
“Do not despise main stream churches and their leadership, this has brought calamity to our society,” said Lumwira.
Among other dignitaries who attended the prayers were Presidential adviser on religious affairs Apostle Timothy Khoviwa, Senior Chief Ngolongoliwa of Thyolo, community leaders in Bangwe, including the areas parliamentarian and councillor as well as renowned businessperson Justice Katsika, popularly known as Mchinji Boys.
During the prayers centred on 2 Chronicles 7: 13-14, the clergy, among other prayer items, prayed for the long life of President Peter Mutharika whom he said is currently facing unwarranted pressure from some quarters.
Lumwira said Mutharika alone has no answers for the prevailing poor economic status and hunger, saying it was only God who has answers.
“Verse 13 says: “If I shut up heaven that there is no rains, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people and if my people called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I shall hear from heaven and heal their land,” Lumwira reminded the gathering.
“Malawi land need healing from God, hence our prayers to God to heal our land. Let Apostle Khoviwa and Snr Chief Ngolongoliwa come forward so that we pray for Malawi through them as leaders at this gathering,” said Lumwira.
Apostle Felix Zalimba prayed for the removal of the curse on Malawi.
Evangelist Linley Mbeta of Chigonjetso mwa Yesu Ministry called on
pastors who forgotten their role to rise up and pray for the country.
“Our role as clergy is to seek the face of the Lord as we have done today and not to castigate the President because he has no answers for Malawi.
“We appeal to all political leaders to join hands for a better Malawi, but not pulling each other down or backward. Politicians cannot bring peace in Malawi but God alone. We have all to come together and pray to God to heal our land,” said Mbeta.
She later spoke against spiritual prostitution among some Christians who are found of jumping from one church to another like what some politicians do, saying this practice should not be condoned. n