The National Prayer Director of the Women’s Aglow Ministry, Mrs Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, has urged Ghanaians to desist from indiscipline, intolerance and other vices that do not augur well for social cohesion and the development of the country.
She said such lifestyles, including immorality and selfishness, did not also attract God’s blessings for individuals and the nation as a whole.
“We should not continue to sin because grace abounds. Let us do away with vices for God to continue to shower his blessings on us,” she said.
Mrs Afenyi-Dadzie, who is also a former member of the Council of State and a former President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), made the call at the monthly Aglow Women’s prayer session in Accra last Saturday.
Every month, members of the movement from all the regions in the country converge on Accra to pray against the challenges confronting the nation.
Prayer against bloodshed
With the theme of this month’s session anchored on Isaiah 37:35, “I will defend Ghana and save it for my sake”, the congregation, waving miniature Ghana flags, prayed to God to prevent any situation that could lead to bloodshed in the country.
Mrs Afenyi-Dadzie, leading the prayers, referred to the recent accident at Kintampo that claimed 63 lives, the killing of Mr J.B Danquah-Adu, the MP for Abuakwa North, and other incidents that had led to the loss of lives.
Quoting the book of Esther, she said Ghanaians must pray to prevent bloodshed in any part of the country just as the Israelites did when a decree aimed at exterminating them was passed.
She observed that being an election year, there was the tendency for some unscrupulous people to use the upcoming elections as a pretext to disturb the peace of the country.
“Pray and subdue any principality that will rise to cause mayhem during the elections or anybody who wants to use bloodshed to gain power,’’ she charged the congregation.
Using water to quench fire to symbolically represent the quelling of disputes in every part of the country, Mrs Afenyi-Dadzie called on the congregation to pray for the end of any chieftaincy, political or ethnic disputes in any part of the country and added that the country must strive for peace and tranquility.
Areas such as Tafo and Agogo in the Ashanti Region and Bunkpurugu in the Northern Region have recently been hit with communal, ethnic and chieftaincy disputes.
The swift intervention of the security agencies has, however, prevented the disputes from escalating into a bigger conflict.
Apart from praying for peace and asking Ghanaians to be tolerant, Mrs Afenyi-Dadzie also tasked the congregation to pray for the leaders of the country by asking God to give them knowledge, understanding and the ability to address the problems confronting the nation.