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Let us be grateful for the rains received this far!

by / Friday, 12 February 2016 / Published in News and Events

“O, give thank to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever”- Psalms 107; 1

During the month of January 2016, the Church was engaged in much prayer and fasting for the nation. Specifically, the Church headed the National Call to Prayer for Rains issued on behalf of His Excellency, the President R.G. Mugabe by the Acting President Hon. R.P. Mphoko, on the 5th of January 2016 [1]. This was part of the responses to the looming drought, affecting much of Southern Africa and the World at large [2].

On the 7th of January, the Church under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) responded publicly [3] to the call by His Excellency, urging the Christian community to intercede on behalf of the nation in line with 2 Chronicles 7; 13-14 that says, “when I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. This was more than just a call to pray for rain, a testament that the Church has a crucial role to play in the affairs of the nation [4].

Cognisant of the power of fervent prayers by the righteous ones of God,Alive to the truth that God hears prayer, that the Lord says “…if you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14;13-14), the church has not laboured in vain. The Almighty God remains Sovereign and reveals Himself as a loving Creator, merciful God evidenced by the amount of rainfall and the fall in temperatures we have all enjoyed this far, albeit in different measures [5].

As a result, we implore the nation to “make a joyful shout to the Lord…enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. for the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations”-Psalms 100; 1,4-5. We cannot be like the other 9 lepers, having been cleansed of their leprosy, failed to give glory to God except 1 (Luke 17; 15-18)

We thus implore the nation to celebrate and be thankful of what the Lord has done, is doing and will do for this great nation. May local congregation’s hosts services of thanksgiving to the Almighty God, the one who says “for I know the thoughts that I think towards you…thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29; 11).

God Bless Zimbabwe!!

[1] http://www.herald.co.zw/lets-pray-for-sufficient-rain-says-mphoko/

[2] http://www.zbc.co.zw/news-categories/top-stories/64231-week-long-rain-prayers-begin-this-weekend

[3] https://www.newsday.co.zw/2016/01/16/pastor-defends-mugabes-rain-prayer-call/http://www.zbc.co.zw/news-categories/top-stories/64385-acting-president-mphoko-joins-prayers-for-rain

http://www.thezimbabwedaily.com/news/47237-mugabe-seeks-divine-intervention.html

[4] http://www.thezimbabwedaily.com/religion/47269-more-than-just-a-prayer-request.html

[5] http://www.cfuzim.org/index.php/newspaper-articles-2/agriculture/6261-rains-spur-matabeleland-farmers

http://www.cfuzim.org/index.php/newspaper-articles-2/agriculture/2206-flood-alert-as-heavy-rains-continue-in-zimbabwe

http://www.zbc.co.zw/news-categories/agriculture/65433-small-grain-farmers-expect-better-yield

http://www.zimbabweonlinenews.com/farmers-in-zinbabwe-urged-to-replant-following-recent-rain/

 

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