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Letter of the Day| Awaiting the mighty move from God

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I was at Half-Way Tree Square on Sunday, July 31, 2016, to pray for our country. It was an initiative by the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches; and termed Jamaica Pray. According to the Group, it was to be 'a day of fasting and prayer for the state of our nation'. Because that was the objective I became a bit distracted and sad when I saw participants purchasing snack items from the vendors during the designated period of 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Anyway, my emotions were short-lived as I didn't think the Lord would hold that against us due to ignorance. Many were answering the call to pray for Jamaica and were not aware of the fasting aspect of it

I considered this initiative prayers answered; I had asked the Lord to make it happen as we couldn't continue like this anymore with the senseless murders, human trafficking (you don't know the half) and carnage on the roads. I felt our country was suffocating and we needed an intervention from God. So I had to go; it was personal and I'm glad I went.

I was in a space where there were people of like mind praying for our country. The prayers were all encompassing and wide reaching. We prayed for our men, our women, youth, political leaders, spiritual leaders and security (against crime). Prayer for the latter became symbolic where the leader took a young man from a casket demonstrating Jesus' miracle and then proceeded to destroy the casket, sending the message of spiritually warring against our young men killing or being senselessly killed.

At one point it became personal for me; the prayers for our children included their education and the wider education sector, where, among those singled out were principals. So here was Jamaica praying for me and I was there to hear it and to join in praying for myself, in that professional capacity, as well as for my colleagues.

There were prayers for the economy, the health sector (against the now dreaded Zika and its attendant Guillain-Barre Syndrome), as well as for all of us gathered there in our capacity as ordinary JAMAICANS.

 

Possible contributors

 

What I liked about the latter is that we were singled out as possible contributors to our state of affairs in Jamaica. We are tax evaders, we loiter on the job, we rob the children of the quality of education they deserve, we neglect our children, we ignore their cries, we contribute to discord in the workplace and in families. In other words, we are guilty of the six, no seven things which God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19.) So we also prayed for our sins and sought forgiveness bearing in mind His Word in 2 Chronicles 7:14; "If my people who are called by my Name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land".

We now await the mighty move from God.

Thelma Porter