‘Back to Sender’ prayers unchristian

The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, has advised those who offer prayers that have to do with incantations, curses and such expressions as “back to sender” to rethink.

Bishop Okorocha, who was speaking in a Radio Nigeria Heartland FM programme, Evangelical Hour, recently, said that such prayers were not in any manner Christian prayers.

Dwelling on the theme, “The Power of Prayer in the Salvation of a People,” the prelate noted that for people to pray and expect positive answers from God they must first be in good relationship with God and that relationship must be through Jesus Christ.

He charged Christians to always recognize the sovereignty of God through prayers, positing that the quality of life of a people helps a lot to blend their prayers, and asked Christians to take time to find the will of God in their lives because, according to him, God has the key to prayers.

He underlined the importance of praying without ceasing, even when there appeared not to be an immediate answer or result to such prayers, adding that, sometimes, it might be for good that certain prayers or wishes were not granted, more so, when such prayers or human expectations are not in accordance with the will of God.

In answer to a question from a caller, the Chief Shepherd of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, warned that God wants us, as a people, to repent, and consequently has been giving us a long rope to do so. He stressed that all who are involved in ail kinds of evil acts or immoral living, be it lesbians, homosexuals, those who engage in gay marriages, bishops, general overseers etc would go to hell if they failed to turn away from their sinful lives.

Reacting to other questions that flooded the station’s air waves at the time, the prelate warned that those who shall be candidates for heaven will neither be Anglican, Catholic and Methodist faithful nor Pentecostals, but those who confess their sins and are washed in the precious blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).

Bishop Okorocha who quoted extensively from the Bible to support   his   arguments   and submissions, pointed out that if we make ourselves honour-worthy and steadfast in faith, God will hear our prayers and also let us know that He is indeed our father.

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