A Call To Pray For Zambia - Guidelines for National Prayers June-December 2012

 

A Call To Pray For Zambia

Guidelines for National Prayers June-December 2012

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and

seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will

forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2Chronicles 7:14)

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The call to prayer !!

 

Brothers, sisters and fellow citizens; our country has been under severe attack as observed by a wave of problems that threaten the unity, peace and tranquility of our people. The frequent media reports show the extent of the hate and uneasiness among the Zambian people. The attacks and the exchange of hurting words between leaders of differing political views is jeopardizing our young democracy and regressing development efforts in the country. We can achieve much by exercising maturity and by being objective in our relationship with each other regardless of our divergent political philosophies, beliefs and convictions.

 

 

 


 

 

Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia

A Call To Pray For Zambia

Guidelines for National Prayers June-December 2012

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and

seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will

forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2Chronicles 7:14)

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The call to prayer !!

 

Brothers, sisters and fellow citizens; our country has been under severe attack as observed by a wave of problems that threaten the unity, peace and tranquility of our people. The frequent media reports show the extent of the hate and uneasiness among the Zambian people. The attacks and the exchange of hurting words between leaders of differing political views is jeopardizing our young democracy and regressing development efforts in the country. We can achieve much by exercising maturity and by being objective in our relationship with each other regardless of our divergent political philosophies, beliefs and convictions.


Democracy cannot flourish in an atmosphere of hatred and unresolved conflicts. There is no reason to harden one’s heart against advice and there is no gain in harboring perpetual hatred. Righteousness should always prevail over evil. Forgiveness is a virtue and humility is power under control. Pride makes us weak and humility strengthens us. If our political leaders shall humble themselves, then God will surely lift them up in due season. The Bible says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1Peter 5:6).

 

We urge our members and other Christian believers in the nation to participate in praying to God for this nation using the following outline and prayer guidelines:


Prayer Points and Guidelines

1. Pray for the Republican President – His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way”(ESV) (1Timothy.2:1).

i. Pray that the Zambian people will respect and honor the Republican President and our Head of State. He must be treated with due respect befitting the Head of State elected through a democratic process.

ii. Pray for the President to have God’s wisdom, divine knowledge and insight as he leads the country and directs the affairs of government and help the wellbeing of the people of Zambia and to be accountable to them.

iii. Pray for the President’s health and protection so that he may have the ability to work and achieve the goals for the development of this country.

iv. Pray that the President will listen to a plethora of voices outside his own established counselors and advisors. “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in a multitude of counselors, there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14).

2. Pray for the government

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

i. Pray that the government will exercise accountability and responsibility in the running of the affairs of our country, prioritizing the plight of the people, exhibiting integrity and being above reproach.

ii. Pray that the government will set the example of political tolerance and accommodate opposition political leaders as co-workers in national development and in promoting good governance and the rule of law in our country.

iii. Pray that the PF government shall not tolerate any acts of violence or injustice against innocent Zambians by any wing of government in the same way that the party suffered when it was in the opposition during the ten years of waiting. The PF government should look to the huge assignment of correcting the wrongs that once existed and make Zambia a better country. There is a foundation already laid upon which to build fresh blocks of ensuring that Zambia attains its economic and social development benchmarks. It is time to move and look forward. The clock is ticking and time is running out.

iv. Pray that the government will run with utmost professionalism, integrity and accountability to ensure that the resources are equitably distributed to all Zambians everywhere.

v. Pray that the government will initiate interparty dialogue in order to foster political harmony and prevent interparty tension and conflicts between leaders and cadres of differing political parties.

vi. Pray that the government will not be reactive to the issues under public debate and instead exercise patience and humility to accept the positive views of others and use them to improve their own leadership performance and service to the Zambian people.

vii. Pray that the government will promote the rule of law at all times and respect the independence of the three arms of government – the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

3. National Anthem

We recognize the Supremacy of God in our country which was dedicated to the Lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ in December 1991. We as believers are committed to honoring God and obeying our earthly leaders and civil authority since it is God that appoints them. The national anthem reflects our cry and our earnest prayer to God. We encourage our members and fellow believers countrywide to feel free and sing the ‘Zambia National Anthem’ as a symbol of our love for the country that God has given to us as stewards.

4. National Unity, Peace and Reconciliation

“Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity – (Psalm 133:1-3)

i. Pray against the use of derogatory remarks, hate speech, insults and defamatory attacks.

· “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephessians 4:29).

· “…And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body” (James 3:2b).

ii. Pray that there shall be forgiveness and reconciliation between people that have offended each other in our country.

· “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”

(Ephessians 4:32)

· “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”

(2Corinthians 5:18-19.)

5. Opposition Political parties and political harmony

i. Pray that the opposition political leaders will exercise wisdom in offering their divergent views in addressing issues of governance, public performance and rule of law, and provide positive and constructive criticism to government. This is a sure way to contribute towards good performance of government and providing checks and balances.

ii. Pray that all political parties will attend national ceremonies and functions and not treat such functions with partisan approach and shunning them. We should promote nationalism and patriotism.

iii. Pray that opposition political parties will play an effective role of holding the government accountable and transparent in directing the affairs of our Republic.

6. By-elections in Livingstone, Chama and Muchinga Constituencies

i. There are pending by-elections in 3 constituencies. The nullification of the results of some of the last year’s elections by the courts reflects badly on our lack of adherence to the electoral code of conduct and of our failure to conduct clean elections. Pray that the participating political parties and independent candidates will campaign peacefully without violence or malpractices in the upcoming by-elections and that they will adhere to the electoral code of conduct during the campaigns and during election period. Personal attacks should not be tolerated and those offended should not retaliate but instead report such matters to the law enforcement agents. Campaign messages should focus on the needs of the people and what the candidate or political party will do to foster development in the country.

ii. Pray for free and fair elections so that the results of the upcoming by-elections will reflect the genuine will of the majority of the people in those constituencies.

iii. Pray that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will acquit itself well in carrying out this national assignment in order to attract confidence from the general public on its credibility and professionalism. Perhaps these by-elections are a pointer that there were gaps in enforcing the electoral code of conduct by ECZ in the previous elections. This situation should be corrected.

iv. Pray that the law enforcement agents such as the Zambia Police will be professional and fair in carrying out their duty of protecting the Zambian people without undue pressure, manipulation, coercion or external influence. Pray that they do not use excessive force in dealing with political unrest or conflicts when they happen.

v. Pray that the PF government will act quickly in equipping the Government Printing Department so that in the future by elections, ballot papers are printed locally. This will be a major milestone in their promises. Huge sums of money that are paid to external contractors can boost local printers and save the much needed foreign exchange that can be allocated to essential social services in the country and benefit the poorest.

7. The Barotseland Agreement

i. Pray that the Government will have wisdom in discussing the Barotseland Agreement with all the stakeholders and come up with a permanent and lasting solution to the agreement.

ii. Pray that our brothers and sisters in Western Province will be objective in their demands and seek a peaceful way of discussing and resolving the agreement so that the Republic of Zambia continues to enjoy this beautiful national unity and diversity.

8. Constitutional Making Process

i. Pray that the Technical Committee Drafting the Zambian Constitution which was appointed by His Excellency the President will be legalized by an Act of Parliament to give it legitimacy of carrying out this very important national assignment.

ii. Pray that the Committee will be sensitive to the demands from the general public and address the people’s concerns accordingly in order to ensure that we have a people’s constitution that is truly ‘people driven’.

iii. Pray that the Committee will not succumb to external pressures by altering the will of the Zambian people in coming up with a constitution they have always wanted.

iv. Pray that the Committee will exhibit the highest level of integrity and expertise in the discharge of its duties on this national task - working hard and professionally within the terms of reference and the set timeframe. The committee should optimize the limited resources and complete the assignment in the most cost effective manner.

v. Pray and participate in studying the Draft Republican Constitution, encourage the members to review the constitution in small groups and in homes so that they all get a better understanding of the draft constitution in order to make a meaningful reaction and necessary submissions. Allow youth fellowship groups, Women’s Fellowship meetings and Men’s Fellowships to spend some time to look at the draft constitution with the guidance of an expert whenever possible. Even with the few copies in circulation, those that have more copies pulled out from the Newspapers should give extra copies to their friends who may not have. Take advantage of the extended period of 50 days for public debate and make meaningful use of the extra time to contribute towards this very important process.

9. Judicial Reforms

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream”

(Amos 5:24)

We appreciate and support the calls from the general public to reform the judiciary. We prefer that the President should first appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate the judicial system and come up with findings and recommendations which will form the basis for carrying out the reforms in the judiciary.

i. Pray for justice in the Judiciary so that there will be professionalism, independence and integrity in dispensing justice.

ii. Pray that the efforts towards carrying out judicial reforms will be effective and result in an efficient judiciary that will attract a high confidence by the general public in this arm of government.

10. New Session of Parliament

i. Pray that our legislators will be sensitive in the new session of parliament by ensuring that they effectively represent the views and the needs of the people in their constituencies and the general public.

ii. Pray that they will make laws that reflect our Christian values, African heritage and our rich traditional and moral values that we carry as a nation.

11. Fight against corruption

We strongly support the fight against corruption. This is a very serious vice that has robbed government of the much needed funds and resources meant to provide social services to the general public. The poorest people have suffered the most from the corruption in public offices and those entrusted with the responsibility of managing public resources.

i. “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works…” (Psalms. 14:1)

ii. “For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.” (Amos 5:12)

iii. “Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed: Whose ox have I taken? Or whose ass have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? And I will restore it to you.” (1Samuel.12:3)

iv. “Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.” (Deut.16:19)

a) Pray that the fight against corruption will be broad based to ensure there is a complete clean up both inside and outside of government.

b) Pray that the law enforcement agents that are mandated to carry out investigations and subsequent prosecution will be professional and exhibit the highest levels of integrity in discharging their duties to ensure that culprits are brought to face the law.

c) Pray that the government will show serious commitment and political will in fighting corruption by setting a good example of dealing firmly and fairly with those found wanting.

12. Investment and job creation

The government is in power primarily to protect and improve the lives of its own citizens. In a free market economy, competition can very negatively disadvantage the locals who may not have adequate capacity to compete against foreign and more competent investors. The government should ensure that it establishes a deliberate policy to empower its own citizens through access to credit, business loans and deliberate quotas for local suppliers to participate in major projects in the country such as the Mines, the Building Construction and the chain stores.

i. Pray that the “take home pay - will take people home”.

ii. Pray for innovation, creativity and professionalism among the Zambian entrepreneurs.

iii. Pray for favorable work conditions for the workers, workplace safety standards etc.

13. The Media

The print and electronic media plays a critical role in disseminating information that eventually forms the basis for public opinion.

i. Pray for fair and factual reporting among all the media channels. The media can be the most destructive weapon as well as the most effective tool for change.

ii. Pray that the media will promote political harmony and help in preventing or minimizing tension and division in the country. Pray that the media will adhere to media and journalism code of ethics in disseminating information through balanced, factual and fair reporting.

iii. Pray that the current polarization in the media between those that support the opposition and those that are pro-government shall be addressed in order to ensure media autonomy and independence.

14. Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

Our homes are no longer places for family unity, harmony, peace and love. There is more domestic terrorism now than ever before in the history of our country as we continue to observe the escalating cases of gender based violence, child defilement, murder, abuses, divorce etc.

i. EFZ recently launched “Child Protection Guidelines” to be used in educating the church and community leaders on the need to protect children against all forms of abuse. Pray for the countrywide dissemination of these guidelines for a great and favorable impact in creating a “child friendly society”. Although stiffening the punishment for child offenders is essential, providing education to the general public on child protection should form an essential and major component of the process of creating a child friendly environment in homes, on the roads, in schools and in the general public.

ii. Pray that child protection includes pre-birth and this means fighting abortion because abortion prematurely takes away the lives of our precious children and deprives them of their right to life.

15. Crop marketing season

Zambia has always received God’s favor through bumper crop yields for many years. This provides a guarantee for food security at household and national level and helps to contribute to the gaining of foreign exchange from crop exports. Historical evidence has associated crop marketing to a lot of mismanagement, unfavorable crop prices, malpractices, corruption in crop procurement and poor crop storage. The poor prices have tended to disadvantage the resource poor farmers that are solely dependent on crops for their income. Speculators exploit the farmers that do not have their own means to transport their crops to markets that offer favorable prices.

i. Pray for the farmers to receive fair prices for their crops so that they can be encouraged to boost their agricultural activities in future and to recover their production costs.

ii. Pray that all the actors in the crop marketing system will act prudently to avoid corruption, theft, wastage and any form of malpractice.

16. Nature of prayers

The prayers should be conducted at interdenominational level by having various churches and their members coming together to pray at a given location. We encourage prayers in local congregations, Pastors’ Fellowship meetings, home cell Bible study groups, family (altar) prayer meetings and individually during personal devotions. We encourage that prayers be conducted during lunch hour fellowships and also in overnight prayer meetings – believing God for a supernatural intervention in our country.

17. Short Devotions

We encourage that short exhortations or devotional sermons be given on any theme addressing a given prayer item.

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

18. Venues and prayer schedules

Our members are free to pray anywhere at any time, in the public places such as stadia, sports fields, community halls, church buildings, schools, homes and during breaks in their workplaces (individually or in small groups).

“Pray without ceasing.” (1Thessalonians 5:17)

19. National patriotism

The Zambian flag is an emblem for some prayer points:

i. Green – Pray for the protection of the environment against pollution and against the indiscriminate destruction of forests from industrial activities, climate change and natural disasters.

The natural environment and the entire creation praises and glorifies God” (Ps. 148:1-11)

ii. Black – Pray for the unity of the Zambian people across the diverse tribal and ethnic groups- “One Zambia – One Nation”.

iii. Orange – Pray that the mineral wealth of this country will benefit its people through appropriate mining taxation, exploration of new mineral deposits, oil and underground water whose exploitation should benefit the majority Zambians.

“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places” (Isaiah 45:3)

iv. Red – Pray that there will be no deaths or loss of blood or violence in the country in the 3 by-elections due to inter party clashes from different political parties. Pray that the Police will use acceptable means to quell any unforeseen disturbances and not to exacerbate the volatile situations when they occur by the use of excessive force.

v. Eagle – Pray with faith and optimism that Zambia shall rise above its economic and social challenges and become the hub of regional economic activity, a growing economy and improved social wellbeing of its people.

20. Personal Involvement

· Pray for yourself that you will not be a spectator but a positive contributor to making Zambia a growing democracy and a better country in which peace will prevail and democracy will flourish.

· Pray that you will work hard and contribute to the development of the country

 

May God Bless Our Great Nation Zambia

Pukuta N. Mwanza (Rev.)

Executive Director