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Let us pray for our children

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

MAY PEN, Clarendon:

IF NEW York-based Jamaican entrepreneur and radio host Tafari, aka Ray Watkins, has his way, on Sunday, April 12, at exactly 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora will say a special prayer for the country of their birth.

Watkins told The Gleaner that he chose this day because Jamaica seems to be hemorrhaging socially, financially, and spiritually.

"There is a latent spiritual force that must be awakened on an individual, national and universal level. It's a spiritual flash point being hoped for right now. It's resurrection time for Jamaica," he said.

Watkins said he was inspired to call for this day of prayer because of the high rise in criminal activities, the many incidents of crime against children, combined with the many challenges the country is experiencing.

He said the call for a 'Pray for Jamaica day' was also a response to 'a spiritual vibration' he received and for his fellow Jamaicans to restore the country to that "sweet sweet Jamaica" he once knew.

Watkins, who attended Munro College, St Elizabeth, and who holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Andrews University in Michigan, said he wants to see a revival in Jamaica. The idea came about as he contemplated how he could really help his country. He thought about all that was going on and it struck him that the most powerful tool he had available to him was prayer.

"From wherever you are, whatever you may be doing, just take moment to pray a special prayer for Jamaica on April 12, 2015 at 1 p.m. EST," he said.

"I am a firm believer in the power of prayer. Can you imagine, if thousands, or millions of people prayed at a specific time? Something good has to come out of that."

To ensure the date stays fresh in everyone's mind, he has created a website www.PrayForJamaicaDay.com and a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prayforjamaicaday. He is also reaching out to everyone he can to ensure an outpouring of prayers to God takes place on the day of prayer.

"At this point, I hope to get the word out to as many 'prayer warriors' as possible. I pray that God will hear and have mercy on our nation. I pray that, in great numbers, we will reflect our readiness and commitment to unite and progress. I pray for a unified awareness and rekindling of our Jamaican spirit. I pray that we will continue to pray daily for the upliftment of Jamaica. I pray that we all do our part from the heart. The result is in the hands of God," he reiterated.