By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan
March 10, 2017 (SSB) — I wish to advise all politicians in our Country to attend the national prayer day which is schedule to place tomorrow 10th March across the country in person without fail. We need to tend up in big number to show that we are ready to end the conflict that affecting our country. We need to confess our problem within us, let repent and finally ask Almighty God to forgive us in whatsoever we did wrong to either ourselves or to the creator. Forgiveness is the first priority in the kingdom of God; God will possibly forgive us if we forgive ourselves.
The national day of prayer on 10th March declared by His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit should not just be perceived as a question of logical debate but goes to expose the absence of religious principle in his personal life and that of the party he leads. Let come-up with the spirit of nationalism to handover our problems to our creator who is in-charge of everything to bless us with everlasting peace in our nation.
I know there is a question in every South Sudanese ringing in their minds about who is organizing national prayer day as announce by President Kiir between three religious group such as Christian, Muslim and Pagan community? Since our country is multi-religion country.
The words of scripture have reminded us time and again that “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Sadly, some of the rich in our country seek to play politics with God by blatantly and forcefully scorning and mocking the National Day of Prayer. I wish to advice those who may have doubt, that you can mocked God in whatever you unless people humble themselves the better for them and their aspirations to lead a nation given to faith. If we do well and respect God he may bless us with good leaders.
On our National Day of Prayer, we need to join our hearts, thoughts and struggle together as people of many faiths to petition God to show us His mercy and His love, to heal our weariness and uphold our hope, that we might live ever mindful of His justice and thankful for His blessing. By having said this to God we will receive grace and finally we receive stability of which we can overcome famine in our nation.
In the same view, president Kiir called on all South Sudanese from all political parties and religious backgrounds to embrace this important Day for the Nation healing. He did this from the realization that through prayer the nation takes a moment away from the concerns of everyday life to understand the greater power that gives us guidance. This Day is not about President Kiir Mayar personal interest or as his political Party, but about South Sudan and the future of our National stability.
Lastly, it is a fact that Satanists and all those opposed to God will resist efforts by a nation to rally together in prayer but am therefore asking all South Sudanese national to discern the resistance as a fight between good and evil, darkness and light. It is unexplainable how anyone would get so offended with a call for prayers. Our country had been in self-inflicted war for four years, we did not enjoy the fruit of our nation.
South Sudan always embraced God from its foundations as the national anthem confirms “Oh God! We praise and glorify you, for your grace on South Sudan. Land of great abundance uphold us united in peace and harmony
Oh motherland! We rise raising flag with the guiding star and sing songs of freedom with joy for justice, liberty and prosperity shall forevermore reign.
Oh great patriots! Let us stand up in silence and respect saluting our martyrs whose blood cemented our national foundation we vow to protect our nation Oh God, bless South Sudan!” 10th March 2017 is the day to recognize our blessings, acknowledge our wrongs, to remember the needy, to seek guidance for our challenging future, and to give thanks for the abundance of his blessings from the founding of our nation. In churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques, South Sudanese must come together to pray for the nation.
My fellow South Sudanese, God Almighty whom we all put our stand, looks at all of us, as one body with different parts. We ought to love one another, forgive one another and celebrate one another. This is a special day as it offers us a great opportunity to come together in this manner and pray as a family regardless of tribe, religion, denomination and political affiliation. We are in hope that our being here to ask God will not be in-vain but of more important for our national conflict resolution.
The writer is the Independent Journalist, and Student at South Sudan Christian University, Juba South Sudan. Contact him through firstname.lastname@example.org
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