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National Day of Prayer - Speech by H.E. the President, Mr. Edgar C. Lungu Featured

• YOUR HONOUR THE VICE-PRESIDENT;

• YOUR EXCELLENCY MR KENNETH DAVID KAUNDA,

• FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA;

YOUR EXCELLENCY MR RUPIAH BWEZANI BANDA,

FOURTH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA;

• HON. LADY JUSTICE, THE CHIEF JUSTICE;

• HON. SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY;

• PF SECRETARY-GENERAL MR. DAVIES MWILA;

• HON. CABINET MINISTERS;

• HON. PROVINCIAL MINISTERS;

• SECRETARY TO THE CABINET;

• BISHOP JOSHUA BANDA; CHAIRPERSON-NATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER ;

• REPRESENTATIVES FROM CHURCH MOTHER BODIES;

• SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS;

• MEMBERS OF THE PRESS;

• LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

DISTINGUISHED WORSHIPPERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LORD,

I GREET YOU ALL IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST AND WARMLY WELCOME YOU TO THE 1ST ANNIVERSARY OF OUR NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, FASTING, REPENTANCE AND RECONCILIATION WHICH FALLS ON THIS DAY, THE 18TH DAY OF OCTOBER.

MAY I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE NATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER ADVISORY BOARD FOR CALLING US YET AGAIN TOGETHER AS A NATION, TO HUMBLE OUR OURSELVES BEFORE THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD THE FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

AS YOU MAY ALL RECALL, IT IS NOW A YEAR SINCE WE MET TO INVOKE DIVINE INTERVENTION FOR OUR BELOVED NATION, ZAMBIA, ON THE 18TH OF OCTOBER, 2015 AT THE SHOW GROUNDS, HERE IN LUSAKA.

CONSEQUENTLY, WE ALSO HELD A GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY ON THE 25TH OCTOBER, 2015 AT WHICH WE UNVEILED THE NATIONAL ALTAR TO SYMBOLISE THE YEAR OF JUBILEE.

AT THAT TIME, I RE-AFFIRMED OUR SHARED COMMITMENT TO THE DECLARATION THAT ZAMBIA IS AND SHALL REMAIN A CHRISTIAN NATION. THIS IS AS STIPULATED IN THE PREAMBLE OF OUR CONSTITUTION AND AS PROCLAIMED BY PRESIDENT FREDERICK CHILUBA.

THEREFORE, OUR ACTIONS THUS FAR, ARE MEANT TO CONCRETISE MORE SOLIDLY, OUR CHERISHED DECLARATION OF ZAMBIA AS A CHRISTIAN NATION.

FURTHERMORE, THE PROPOSED CREATION OF THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL GUIDANCE AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS IS PART OF OUR EFFORTS TO ENHANCE THE CHANNELING OF IMPORTANT CHRISTIAN VALUES INTO THE LIFELINE OF OUR SOCIETY.

MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LORD,

I REQUEST YOU TODAY TO JOIN ME IN ACKNOWLEDGING GOD’S GRACE AND HIS FAITHFULNESS UPON OUR NATION, ZAMBIA. AS IS EVIDENT TO US ALL, EVEN IN MOMENTS WHEN, HUMANLY SPEAKING, WE THOUGHT ALL HOPE WAS GONE, THE INVISIBLE LOVING HAND OF OUR LORD CONTINUOUSLY HELD US TOGETHER AND LIFTED US TO EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS.

SO, LIKE APOSTLE PAUL, WE CAN SIMPLY SAY “OUR GOD, THE FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IS INDEED FAITHFUL.” I WISH THEREFORE TO COMMIT THAT AS A NATION, WE SHALL ALWAYS SEEK GOD’S GUIDANCE.

I WISH TO REMIND YOU BELOVED, THAT ON 24TH JULY, 2016, WE MET AT THE SHOWGROUNDS AND YET AGAIN SOUGHT GOD’S INTERVENTION AT THE PEAK OF POLITICALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY AND THIS WAS TO COMMIT OUR NATION TO GOD FOR PEACEFUL ELECTIONS. THIS WAS NOT IN VAIN.

THE LORD ONCE AGAIN, RESPONDED FAVOURABLY TO THE PRAYERS OF OUR CITIZENS BY SEEING US THROUGH DURING THAT VERY TRYING MOMENT AND GRANTING US THE MUCH NEEDED PEACE AND TRANQUILITY IN OUR NATION.

IN ORDER TO AFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO THE DESIRED GOAL OF CALLING UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD, AND ENSURING THAT THE NATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER IS ACTUALISED, I HAVE, TODAY THE 18TH OF OCTOBER, 2016, LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE, TO MARK THE COMMENCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS. I CAN ONLY URGE YOU TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THIS EFFORT.

ONCE BUILT, THIS HOUSE OF PRAYER WILL, IN LINE WITH OUR THEME OF “PROMOTING RECONCILIATION AND HEALING, CELEBRATING UNITY IN DIVERSITY”, INDEED BRINGS US CLOSER TOGETHER, AS ONE GREAT ZAMBIAN FAMILY.

I FULLY AGREE WITH THE CHOSEN SCRIPTURES AND AS I REFLECTED ON THEM, ESPECIALLY THE BOOK OF 1ST CORINTHIANS, CHAPTER 12 VERSES 12-19, WHICH YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, I LEARNT THAT APOSTLE PAUL USES THE ANALOGY OF THE BODY TO SPEAK ABOUT UNITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST. FOR EXAMPLE, VERSE 14 SAYS “AND SO THE BODY IS NOT MADE UP OF ONE PART BUT OF MANY PARTS”.

LET ME BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION FROM THE SCRIPTURES THAT ZAMBIA COMPRISES MANY ETHNIC GROUPS WITH EACH ONE OF THEM BEING AS IMPORTANT AS ANY OTHER.

AS IT IS THE CASE WITH THE PHYSICAL BODY, WITHOUT ONE PART, NOTHING CAN BE DONE MEANINGFULLY BY ANOTHER PART. ALL OF US ARE ONE.

THEREFORE, LET US ALL AS A UNITED AND PEACEFUL ZAMBIA, AS ONE PEOPLE, TAKE HEED TO GOD’S WORD AND ACT AS SUCH. THAT IN FACT AS POLITICIANS AND CITIZENS, IS WHY WE HAVE TO KEEP PROCLAIMING OUR WELL-FOUNDED MOTTO OF ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION. SO, THROUGH THE POWER OF THE TONGUE, IT SHALL CONTINUE TO BE SO.

THIS IS NOT JUST A SLOGAN FOR PROPAGANDA. IT IS A FAITH PROCLAMATION OF OUR INTENDED GOAL TO REMAIN AS ONE FAMILY. THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THERE IS POWER IN THE TONGUE. SO, WE HAVE TO KEEP PROCLAIMING – ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION AND IT SHALL CONTINUE TO BE SO.

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE BY GOD’S DESIGN, IN THIS REGARD; LET US CELEBRATE OUR EXISTENCE OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY.

THE APOSTLE PAUL GOES ON TO TEACH US IN ROMANS CHAPTER 12 VERSE 4 BY SAYING- “FOR JUST AS EACH OF US HAS ONE BODY WITH MANY MEMBERS, THESE MEMBERS DO NOT ALL HAVE THE SAME FUNCTION”.

HEREIN BELOVED ZAMBIANS, BEGINS OUR HEALING. ONCE WE COME TO A REALISATION THAT THOUGH WE EACH HAVE A SPECIAL GIFT DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF OUR NEIGHBOUR, YET WE NEED EACH OTHER. IT IS TIME TO TRULY ACKNOWLEDGE AND CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY. IT IS TIME TO ALLOW PERSONAL, COMMUNITY AND NATIONAL HEALING TO TAKE ROOT AMONGST US.

LET ME ALSO TOUCH ANOTHER AREA WHICH IS CLOSE TO MY HEART. IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4 VERSE 32 THE BIBLE SAYS AND I QUOTE “BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE TO ONE ANOTHER, FORGIVING EACH OTHER, JUST AS IN CHRIST GOD FORGAVE YOU”.

THE KEY WORD DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IS FORGIVENESS – WHENEVER WE HAPPEN TO OFFEND ONE ANOTHER, LET US LEARN TO FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER, AS CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD HAS CHOSEN TO FORGIVE US AND LET US MOVE ON.

CONGREGANTS AND MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY;

LET ME CONCLUDE MY LORD BISHOPS, BY EMPHASISING THAT NEXT YEAR, I WILL JOIN YOU HERE AS AN ORDINARY WORSHIPER, AS YOU TAKE THE LEAD IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THIS SPECIAL DAY AS WELL AS IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER. I HAVE DONE MY PART TO HELP SPEARHEAD THESE PROCESSES. I DON’T WANT TO BRING CONFLICT BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE STATE. I WANT TO RECONCILE THE CHURCH AND THE STATE. I HOPE THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, THERE WILL BE PROMOTION OF HARMONY BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE STATE.

AS WE LEAVE THESE HOLY GROUNDS, MAY GOD OF THE FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST HELP US TO LIVE UP TO THE DEMAND OF OUR CHOSEN THEME FOR THIS SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING –WHICH IS “TO PROMOTE RECONCILIATION AND HEALING, CELEBRATING UNITY IN DIVERSITY,” AS WE MOVE TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF OUR DESTINY AS A NATION IN JESUS NAME.

GOD BLESS US ALL.

I THANK YOU.
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