The first ever one day Diocesan prayer summit the Diocese of on the Lake has ended at the Cathedral Church of St Mary Magdelene Oguta.
The theme was, “The Earnest Prayer of a Righteous Person has great power and wonderful results (James 5;16),
In his opening speech, Bishop Diocese on the Lake, the Rt Rev. CBN Oti reviewed the trends of events as recorded in the book of Jeremaih, chapter 15 and said that even in this present time, “we as a people, church and generation” are not better off. He added that such scenario called for prayers for oneself, families and the church.
He re-emphasized that the prayer summit was not only an opportunity to say the usual routine prayers but a period to petition God and present all our cases to him.
On the theme of the summit, Bishop Oti noted that these days righteousness was no longer being preached rather people now preach warfare and vengeance just as even the wicked will ask God to fight against those fighting them.
One of the Guest Speakers, Rev. Evans Amadi of St Pauls Anglican Church, Umuguma, Owerri Diocese, in his talk entitled, “Dealing with your foundation”, said that Jesus Christ was not interested in the number of people at a particular prayer ground but in those who are prepared to deny themselves so as to make heaven.
Rev. Amadi stated that deliverance is only for believers and warned that those with poor foundation would encounter poor landing.
In a lecture entitled,” learning to work with God”, Venerable Japheth Anumudu said that to work with God mean to fellowship with God during which one is expected to provide a good environment for the words of God to thrive.”
On how to walk with God, he said the fellow should be blameless, born again, humble and have the spirit of forgiveness.
Speaking on, “Understanding spiritual warfare1, Rev Ikedi Okoro posited that no matter the mechanism of the human being against the words of God, the church must continue to march on.
Rev. Okoro described the human mind as a battle ground where the Holy Spirit and the flesh are always at war, adding that it is only the being that determines who wins either by remaining prayerful or by living in sin.
Venerable Casmir Ukonu who spoke on, “the place of prayer in a believers life”, described prayer as an activity of life where a believer interacts with God.
He advised people praying to have a correct mind set and do so solemnly, adding that good character is a vital instrument for prayer warriors.
The prayer summit which lasted for over seven hours also featured deliverance and sing songs.