A one-day prayer summit with the theme: “Revive Thy Work Oh Lord” organized by the Owerri Diocesan Revival Team and the Directorate for Prayers and Biblical Spirituality at Christ Anglican Church Owerri penultimate Saturday, has ended with a call on the Anglican Faithful in the Diocese of Owerri, to pray fervently and resort to self-revival in order to help fight against the vices that have befallen this nation (Nigeria) in the past few years.
Making the call in his sermon at the summit, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, posited that if true revival must hold, we must be prepared to be used as instruments of changes, adding that such revival should affect all aspects of one’s life.
Bishop Okorocha spoke of the need for Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit, adding that, for this to be experienced, as was the case with Ezra (Ezra 7:8) the trappings of our unconverted backgrounds needed to be dropped and our minds fully made up.
According to him, the Holy Spirit does not operate out of nothing, but through and with our efforts to study the Word of God.
The Prelate expressed regret that no amount of preaching can change the lives of those who are already in reprobate practices, such as exploitation, victimization, kidnapping, bribery, corruption and the likes of “Bokoharamism”, except our constant prayer to God, effective and earnest return to the old time religion, and a thirst for the word of God.
As part of the solution to the ills of the society, the Diocesan stressed the need for re-awakening of the love of God and developing consciousness to the things that are eternal because, according to him, many Christians have subjected the image of God in them to nothingness.
The prayer convocation which started from mid-day, was attended by many Anglican faithful from all walks of life, including the Clerics, Knights and Ladies and other members of the Laity.