Prime Minister Bruce Golding asked Jamaicans to pray for God’s intervention in the affairs of the nation to help him in the work that he is called to do.
A release from the Office of the Prime Minister said he was addressing a prayer and worship event, organized by the Power of Faith Ministries at the National Arena on Wednesday January 6.
Using the analogy of Moses, Golding recalled that the biblical judge did not lead the Children of Israel through the wilderness by relying on his own strength.[audio:http://www.abengnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/golding.mp3]
“If those of us who seek to lead, acknowledge in faith that we alone cannot provide that leadership, that unless we lean on the power of God to say, ‘well now look, you have come upon obstacles and stones, you have come upon rough times and your own mortal flesh is not enough, but this is where I, as God, will have to intervene.’
Golding asked his audience “not even to be understanding” of the difficulties that he grapples with every day, but because he knows where his capabilities begin and where they fall short, “I want to ask that you pray, not so much for me but do that too and I will be grateful, but I want to ask you to pray for God’s intervention.”
He went on: “And I want to believe that I can rely on you because I know arrayed in front of me are many prayer warriors….Whatever you ask of him, so long as it is in accordance with his will, he will grant it. I ask you to pray for this nation. The battering that we have had from the economic crisis, battering that we have had from crises of our own creation, they may be beyond my own power; they may well be beyond your own power; but they are not beyond the capability of the power of the one to whom we send our prayers.”
Calling Christians gathered at the Arena, ‘the Fountain of Hope’, the Prime Minister said he needed wisdom and guidance and asked them to pray for him.
“There are times when many will question what we as a Government do; many will wonder, many will even challenge. I have never claimed to be perfect. I am a public servant, not a perfect servant and I do need the wisdom and the guidance of the Almighty. I accept the responsibility that has been entrusted in me at this time….We have many challenges that we have to face and not many of them are easy. Many of the difficulties that we face are difficulties of our own creation. We have spent too long a time living as a people that do not understand that love is the glue that God has provided to hold us and bind us together. Too many of us owe this country. We have allowed our children to be brought up and to grow up without guidance, without the Bible. We have left them to be socialized by the elements that they find on the street and what they hear on the radio and what they see on the television. And we wonder sometimes – ‘Well, why is the government not doing more to deal with crime?’ – when all of us have worked so hard to create this criminal monster that now confronts us. I do not shirk that responsibility as ultimately the Government has to provide that leadership.”
Executive Chairman of the Church of God in Jamaica, Rev. Lenworth Anglin and the Chief Co-ordinator of the event, Bishop Dr. Delford D. Davis then led the capacity crowd in prayer for the Prime Minister.
The fourth annual “Heal the Family-Heal the Nation” event, which was attended by the Governor General and the Leader of the Opposition, is sponsored annually by the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) in Portmore, the dormitory community just south west of Kingston, and was fully endorsed by the six umbrella church groups in Jamaica that represent 95 per cent of the church community in the country.