Just days after the confirmation of the deadly Ebola Virus in the country, the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) is calling on all Liberians and residents in Liberia to observe what it has declared as national fast and prayer week beginning Sunday, April 6 through Friday, April 11, 2014.
Friday, April 11, 2014 is National Fast and Prayer Day, a national holiday by declaration of the President of Liberia.
Although the LCC’s announcement cannot be tied to the presence of the virus in the country as the day is observed every year, a Biblical quotation accompanying a release from the LCC Acting President, Kortu Brown, clearly indicates that the Ebola virus, which has created much panic among Liberians, might have a firm consideration in this year’s event.
The Ebola virus, which has claimed over sixty lives in neighboring Guinea, was recently confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to have found its way into the country after several denials from local officials.
The Biblical quotation and the theme for the event indicate that the LCC wants to prepare its armor and warfare equipment to ‘battle’ this scourge out of the country. The theme for the fast and prayer week is “Heal our land, Lord,” a focus on prayer against hunger, poverty, pestilence, insecurity and lack of love amongst Liberians.
The quotation, which is taken from the book of II Chronicles 7:13-14, reads: “13, When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn away from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”
With the above mindset, the LCC in collaboration with the Liberian Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministers, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, and Christian Community of Liberia, Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia and Prophetic Calls to Ministry are calling for fervent observance of the fast and prayer week.
According to the calendar of events of the LCC, all Liberians are asked to fast and pray in their respective homes and places of worship on Friday, April 11. The National Fast and Prayer will climax at the Providence Baptist Church in Central Monrovia beginning at 10:00am for a special prayer and intercessory service.
This climax of the event is set to involve all churches, intercessors Evangelists, Pastors, and other national stakeholders. According to the LCC release, a special meditation will be delivered by the Catholic Archbishop, Lewis J. Zeigler.
“All churches within the rural areas are kindly requested to climax the execution of the national fast and prayer in their respective areas. All local branches of the LCC with other collaborating partners are encouraged to lead such efforts in the respective areas or localities,” the LCC said.