By Anyway Yotamu
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared the 15th of June 2020 as the Presidential National Day of Prayer and Fasting.
Addressing journalists at Statehouse in Harare, President Mnangagwa emphasized the need to continue abiding by the COVID-19 regulations while at the same time resorting to prayer and fasting so as to conquer the pandemic.
“As your President during this very difficult season in which our nation and indeed the world face the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am humbled to invite you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to take time in prayer and fasting as a nation before the almighty God to seek his mercy, wisdom, help, and healing to overcome this deadly pandemic. In doing so, we however diligently continue to observe every precaution necessary to prevent the spread of Coronavirus,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa highlighted that the call for the Presidential National Day of Prayer had been inspired by a scripture from the Bible.
“The Lord joins us through his words in King Solomon in 2nd Chronicles Chapter 7 verse 13 -15 which reads; If I send pestilence among my people and my people who 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes shall be open, and my ears attend to the prayer that is made in this place, standing on this scripture, I, therefore, proclaim 15 June 2020 as The Presidential National Day of Prayer and Fasting,” he said.
“I also urge all on this day, to join us in giving up some meals in fasting. It will be best to arrange in this service as families, small, groups or church services not exceeding 50 people, and observing the precautions we have been taking to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” he noted.
The Presidential National Day of Prayer will be broadcast live on ZBC TV from 10 am to 12 pm as well as other social media platforms.