There was low turnout at Blantyre City Council’s (BCC) day of prayer at Comesa Hall in Blantyre yesterday.
The interdenominational prayers, which were led by BCC mayor’s chaplain Geoffrey Matoga, brought together leaders of various churches to pray for the country’s leadership and for the city to remain conducive to its residents.
Despite the low turnout, the sermon, which was based on Jeremiah 22 verse 5 to 12 and Mathew 5 verse 13, did not disappoint the residents that attended the prayers.
Nine choirs that took part in the prayers, also did not disappoint as they mesmerised the patrons.
The sermon reached a climax when Zomba CCAP church moderator Reverend Reynold Mangisa, took to the podium at exactly 11.49 to deliver a Chichewa sermon after Zambezi Evangelical Church general secretary Reverend Luckwell Mtima delivered an English sermon.
In his short sermon that ended at exactly 12.02, Mangisa highlighted that to successfully pray for the city, inner thoughts and imaginations of people regarding the city must always paint a good picture.
Delivering his speech, BCC mayor Wild Ndipo said everyone has a responsibility to pray for the city and those in authority.
He said prayer is a powerful spiritual force and that there cannot be any meaningful development in the city if people cannot seek God first.
Later, there were intercessory prayers. Reverend Vincent Chirwa of Baptist Convention prayed for the good health of the State President and First Lady, and wisdom and success of the office of the President and Cabinet.
Other prayers were by Bishop Davies Kadango of True Vine Ministries International, Pastor Matoga of Faith of God Church, Bishop Jason Mpakati of Calvary Family Church and Dr Ellen Nakanga Mulamba of Christ Living International Church.