Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has said that prayer has been an important tool in keeping the country afloat despite the social ills and the economic challenges.
“We have experienced some very good fortunes. There are men and women in Jamaica, who are moving forward on their knees, seeking divine intervention. There are men and women, who believe with all their heart that if my people pray, then God will look down from heaven and hear our prayers and heal our land,” he stated.
The Governor-General was addressing a press conference at King’s House last week to announce plans for this year’s National Prayer Vigil.
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), greets Chairman of the National Prayer Vigil Committee, Reverend Dr. Roy J. Henry (centre) while Pastor of the New Testament Church of God, Waltham Park Road, Kingston, Bishop Ronald Blair, looks on. Occasion was a press conference hosted by executive members of the National Prayer Vigil Committee at King’s House recently, to announce plans for the National Prayer Vigil. Bishop Blair will host the event this year.
The Governor-General, who is the patron of the annual vigil, organised by the National Prayer Vigil Committee, said the event is important as it represents one of three occasions when the nation gathers to pray for justice, unity and healing of the nation.
“We have at the beginning of the year the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast; we have in (August) the National Day of Prayer for the nation, and to close the year we have the National Prayer Vigil. So you can see from that, that Jamaica is bathed in prayer,” he stated.
“We cannot but pray for our nation because prayer has that transformational power that draws people closer to each other. There is nothing that can pull people closer together than prayer and it also pulls people closer to God,” he added.
This year represents the 17th staging of the National Prayer Vigil, which will be held on Sunday, December 12, at the New Testament Church of God, at 65 Waltham Park Road, Kingston 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The host pastor is Bishop Ronald Blair.