The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) on Sunday 17th July 2011 organised a Prayer Rally for the nation. It was one of the programs laid down under the national peace building initiative that EFZ is currently working doing.The rally was held at Woodlands stadium in Lusaka, similar praying prayers were conducted through out the country at designated places. It was attended by Senior Clergy, Christians from member churches and affiliate organisations.
Bishop Joe Imakando who is the Chairperson of EFZ gave a key note message entitled, "The call to pray for the nation, 1Timothy 2:1". The Bishop mentioned that in this election year, there is need to pray for our nation. Prayer moves the hand of God and shape destinies. We have come to lift out voices to God so that there will be peaceful, free and fair elections. Paul says we need to pray for all people. It is a duty of every christian to pray for peaceful elections in Zambia.
Reasons for praying for all people:
- You influence the quality of life
- People are limited in power
- If we do not pray their decisions will affect us
Power of praying for all people
- Those in authority will be saved and look to God
- All men will fear God and live honest lives
|Bishop Imakando sharing God's word during the Prayer Rally|
|Some of the people at the prayer rally standing listening to the exhortation from Bishop Imakando|
We are in an election year hence the need for us to be united as a church to pray for the nation and the electoral process. Paul in 1Timothy 2:1 instructs us to pray, he admonishes young Timothy to organise prayer meetings, the same is expected from the church in Zambia. We are to pray because it’s our duty to do so. Prayer averts calamity, when we pray we allow God to intervene. We need to pray for those in leadership positions.
Prayer is a powerful tool, when we pray for those in authority they get connected to God and make Godly decisions.
Earlier EFZ Director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza thanked everyone who had come for the prayer rally. He emphasised the need for prayer especially that this is an election year. He also outlined the need to stand and pray to ensure peace continues to reign in Zambia.
| EFZ Executive Director Reverend Pukuta Mwanza|
Various senior clergy later led the meeting in praying for specific prayer items concerning the nation and the forth coming election.
The prayer points:
- Transparency in the electorate
- Fair and accurate media reporting - to help people make informed decisions
- Campaign materials - should be based on the development of the nation
- Large turn out on the day of voting
- Pray for development in our nation - our natural resources
*For detailed prayer points, kindly contact Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia
|Bishops, Reverends and Pastors praying |
|Prayer of agreement|
|Bishop Edgar Ng'ambi leading in prayer|
|Bishop Imakando (second, left) with other senior clergy praying|