WHAT DOES PRAYER MEAN TO PASTOR MENSA OTABIL AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL PEACE COUNCIL, REVEREND PROF. EMMANUEL ASANTE WHEN THE TWO DECIDE TO WEAR THEIR POLITICAL ROBES
1.Pastor Mensa Otabil in 2014 “Prayers don’t solve problems”
2. Pastor Mensa Otabil to President Kufour in 2002 “He called on Ghanaians to begin the second year of the present government “with an open, thankful, listening, willing and believing heart because the Lord is always good and with such qualities the year 2002 will be a better one for the nation.”Reverend Otabil prayed to God to give President Kufuor and the government wisdom to lead the country” ·
3.OTABIL IN 2014. ..
The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil, says prayer mustn’t be an excuse for laziness.
“Prayer is not a substitute for laziness. WORK AND PRAY,” Dr Otabil wrote on his official facebook page on Tuesday March 18, 2014.
His advice comes amidst a raging debate in Ghana about whether prayer could improve Ghana’s economic circumstances.
The motivational Speaker on Sunday told his Congregation that rather than invest time and energy in prayers and hope for divine intervention in Ghana’s economic circumstances, the country’s leaders needed to have a focused vision with a clear cut plan toward moving from a third world to a first world status.
He said no successful country, firm or individual ever achieved laurels in their endeavour by chance.
Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-William of the Christian Action Faith Ministries took a lot of flak on social media a few weeks ago after he led his congregation to pray for the ailing local currency.
The CAFM General Overseer stood his ground, against all the public bashing. He offered yet another prayer for divine intervention in the country’s economic circumstances on Monday March 17, when a raft of clergymen met the President at a breakfast meeting.
AND REV. PROF. EMMANUEL ASANTE,
The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante says his comment that the country should use proper scientific methods in tackling economic challenges wasn’t a veiled attack on fellow clergyman Nicholas Duncan-Williams.
The latter’s recent prayers for the ailing local currency to gain ground against the dollar and other major international currencies sparked uproar and criticism.
It led to a debate about whether prayers had any impact on a country’s economy rather than prudent economic measures and policies. The debate heightened after another clergyman, Dr Mensa Otabil, said on Sunday that clear cut and focused vision and planning rather than prayers will change Ghana’s economy.
Rev Asante believes prayers alone without action to effect change will be fruitless.
He however says attempts to pitch him against the Action Faith Chapel Ministries’ General Overseer are unfortunate. “I never attacked him; I did say I believe in prayers”, he said in defense.
That notwithstanding, Professor Asante says after prayers, “we must also start to take action.”
Rev Asante told XYZ News the philanthropy of Archbishop Duncan Williams’ church is enough proof that his fellow clergyman, whom he described as “my dear brother”, also believes in action rather than mere prayers.
He was commenting on President Mahama’s call on the clergy to support him with prayers and also help tune the minds of Ghanaians toward buying into his policies and vision.