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Why pray for rains?

Commenting on religious minister Rev Godridah Sumaili’s statement that on October 18 the country will pray for rains and good harvest, Jack Kalala says God was interested in righteousness and justice and not prayers with sinful intentions against fellow citizens.

“We pray for reconciliation while we refuse to talk to our people in opposition & want to impose the evil Bill no.10 on the people. We also continue with stealing from the poor through corruption. Instead [of] blessings on our nation, He’ll punish us until we stop sinning. #Zambia,” writes Kalala in a series of tweets.

“There’ll be floods in 2019/2020 rain season, warns Minister (communications minister Mutotwe Kafwaya). One Minister says there will be floods during the next rain season while the other Minister calls for prayers for rains & a bumper harvest. Which is which? My advice is that we should follow the prediction of the meteorological dept. & prepare according. As for the bumper harvest, Gvt [government] should distribute inputs on time & make it profitable to grow maize by giving good incentives & advise small [scale] farmers which seed to plant. We should be using God given brain to achieve the results we want. We can have a bumper harvest if we plan, prepare accordingly & work hard to achieve our goal. We shouldn’t test God. As a Christian I believe in God and in prayer but prayer hidden motive to hoodwink people is futile and waste of time because it infuriates God more. I invite Hon. Sumaili to read Amos 5:4 -25 & Isaiah 66:1. As could be seen from the given scriptures, God is more interested in righteousness and justice. He’ll not listen to prayers of sinful intentions against fellow citizens in their hearts. God looks at our hearts. He sees the plans in our hearts & what we do & say behind walls.”

So, why pray for rains?

“Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone” (Zech. 10:1).

Let Christians ask in faith for the promised blessing, and it will come. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the former rain, and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant.

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chron. 7:14).

There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and an impenitent congregation. We should pray as earnestly for the descent of the Holy Spirit as the disciples prayed on the Day of Pentecost. If they needed it at that time, we need it more today. Moral darkness, like a funeral pall, covers the earth. All manner of false doctrines, heresies, and satanic deceptions are misleading the minds of people. Without the Spirit and power of God it will be in vain that we labour to present the truth.

A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. It is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.

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