Can today’s national prayer day lead to a new start for Zimbabwe?


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Zimbabwe could be marking a new beginning if one goes by the words of various church leaders who graced today’s national prayer and fasting day at State House in Harare today.

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has been accused of various ills including human rights violations and fuelling corruption today called on God to stop these ills.

Mnangagwa called for the national day of prayer and fasting to ask God’s intervention to end the coronavirus pandemic which has so far affected 383 Zimbabweans and more than 8 million people world-wide.

His critics said Mnangagwa was not the right person to call for national prayer because of his various transgressions, but Bishop Nehemiah Mutendi today said Mnangagwa had shown humility before God by acknowledging that the answer to the coronavirus pandemic and all of Zimbabwe’s problem was from God and not from the East, West, North or South.

He gave the biblical example of the tax collector and the Pharisee, in which the Pharisee talks about his self-righteousness while the tax collector pleads to God to forgive him because he is a sinner.

God was likely to hear Mnangagwa’s prayer because he had humbled himself.

Bishop Abel Sunday said today should mark the beginning of the end of the coronavirus in Zimbabwe because God was going to answer the nation’s prayer.

Though called at short-notice, today’s national prayer was unique because it brought together leaders of various religious groups and not just Christians. It was also a rare occasion for organisations like the Zimbabwe Council of Churches and the Zimbabwe Indigenous Interdenominational Council of Churches to pray together for one purpose.

Non-Christian religious organisations that joined the prayer session included the Muslim Community, the Hellenic Community, the Hebrew Community and the Hindu Community.

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