27th September, 2013
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has declared three days of all-round prayers and fasting for Nigeria, as the country prepares to celebrate 53 years as an independent entity next Tuesday.
National President, PFN, Rev. Felix Omobude, called for the special prayers and fasting for the nation after the National Executive Council meeting of PFN held in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
He said the fasting and prayers which will take place between 2 and 4 October, 2013, will involve all churches and ministries under the aegis of the fellowship, as well as other Christians.
“The essence of this programme is to arrest the unprecedented siege on the nation and the wave of violence that has enveloped Nigeria in the last few years, which is now manifesting increasingly in the spate of kidnapping, disrespect for law and order and the erosion of values that had been held sacrosanct by Nigerian communities,” he said.
“The PFN calls on all Christians to rise up in prayers against the forces of evil and blood-letting that are instigating this wanton loss of lives and destruction in the country. An aggresive mobilisation drive across all churches and ministries is being embarked upon by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to ensure that the programme enjoys the support and participation of all Christian leaders and the entire body of Christ in Nigeria,” he added.
According to Omobude, the key areas of focus for the 3-day prayers are : peace in the land and restoration of law and order in the country; the end of kidnapping, militancy and terrorism; the utter dissolution of all terrorist groups and enemies of the gospel and that the economy may grow and jobs be created for the nation’s teeming youths.
Other areas of focus are: an end to the protracted strike by ASUU, peaceful conduct of all campaigns and elections from now through 2015 and that only God’s choice of leaders shall emerge, greater fear of God and righteousness in the land, stronger unity and cohesion in the Body of Christ, that despite satan’s worst devices, Nigeria and her church shall amaze the world, and His glory shall cover Nigeria as the waters cover the sea.
Omobude encouraged Christian leaders and congregations to also raise specific prayer points around the guidelines stated, as they are led by the Holy Spirit, enjoining churches to sustain the culture of prayers for Nigeria, even beyond the designated three days, such that prayers for the nation becomes an integral part of church programmes.