Covid-19: Parliament observes National Day of Fasting and Prayer

Parliament under the leadership of the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye on Wednesday March 25 participated in the National Day for Fasting and Prayer declared by His Excellency President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo.

Speaker of Parliament

The House offered both Christian and Muslim prayers to seek the face of the Almighty God against the deadly corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic after the President appealed to all Ghanaians to observe a National Day of Fasting and Prayer on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

The President in his address to Ghanaians on Saturday March 21, 2020 asked that citizens observe fasting and prayers today as part of measures to fight the deadly Coronavirus and declared the day as a National Day of Fasting and Prayers.

He said the declaration of the National Day of Fasting and Prayers was part of efforts to fight the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

Nana Akufo-Addo urged all to seek the face of the Almighty and appealed to all Ghanaians, Christians, and Muslims to observe Wednesday, March 25, 2020, A National Day of Fasting and Prayer and pray to God to protect the nation and save Ghana from the corona virus pandemic.

Preaching from James 5:13, a Principal Assistant Clerk Ebenezer Ahumah Djietror extolled believers to pray in times of affliction for that is the best means of producing in them patience and humility.

He said the country is in extraordinary times, hence the need to observe fasting and prayers and challenged believers in Christ to employ themselves in such communal religious exercises as are suitable to their present circumstances and frame of mind.

Mr Djietror exclaimed that he believed the rare privilege extended to him by Leadership of the House to address the august House was through the wisdom of God and said it was the time for Ghanaians to turn to the Almighty God since health cannot be purchased with money.

He invited all to join hands to wait for God’s intervention as he did to Sampson and other biblical greats and urged the faithful to remain cheerful by contemplating the manifestations which God had made of his perfections in the works of creation, providence, and redemption.

The Principal Assistant Clerk expounded that by the many blessings bestowed on us by God, we are to express our joy by hymns of praise and thanksgivings to God for all his mercies

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho West Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzra who is also the head of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship prayed for God’s forgiveness from idolatry, corruption, theft, sodomy, witchcraft, adultery, lesbianism and all social and moral vices.

The Majority Leader and MP for Suame Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu prayed for speedy recovery of victims of the disease, unity and strength, God’s healing power and total deliverance of the nation from the snare of the corona virus affliction.

Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority in his winding Muslim prayers asked God’s cure for every disease and illness and prayed for God to come to our aid in the midst of the global spread of the corona virus so that we can experience His healing love.

He prayed for speedy recovery for those who are sick with the virus so that they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

The Tamale South lawmaker prayed for God’s healing from our fear, which prevents nations from working together with neighbours and also healing from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Several Honourable Members took their turn to offer Christian and Muslim prayers for God’s forgiveness and cleansing, healing for the covid-19 victims, mercy, love and forgiveness of iniquities.

The Acting Clerk, Cyril O. Nsiah prayed for the three arms of government, the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary as well as world leaders for a united action to combat this global pandemic.

Source: Parliament House

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