The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, has underscored the significance of anchoring prayers on the word of God.
Apostle Obuobi said this during the monthly prayer event dubbed ‘Face-to-Face With God’ organised by the Kasoa Area of The Church of Pentecost on Monday, October 30, 2023.
The gathering brought thousands of members, officers, ministers and non-members of the church to the Odupong Kpehe Park in Kasoa.
Speaking on the topic, “Grace, Mercy, and Peace,” Apostle Obuobi delved into God’s mercy and grace, highlighting God’s self-proclamation to Moses in Exodus 34:6: “A God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
He stressed the need for grace in the lives of believers, defining it in two ways. Firstly, he said, grace is an “undeserved favour,” where God blesses his people regardless of their worth or merit. He illustrated this point with the heartwarming story of David’s kindness to Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9, who considered himself a “dead dog” but was shown immense grace and favour.
The second aspect of grace he disclosed was that it is “the enabling power” that empowers individuals to overcome challenges.
Apostle Obuobi cited the transformation of the early disciples from their inability to heal to their miraculous acts in Acts 3, highlighting the divine enablement that grace brings.
He noted that grace has brought salvation, as stated in Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,” and Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.”
Touching on mercy, Apostle Obuobi described it as God’s compassionate response to help those in distress. He said that God’s mercy offers forgiveness to sinners and assistance to the suffering, echoing the compassion of Jesus during his earthly ministry.
Highlighting the two essential aspects of God’s mercy, he said that God’s mercy never runs out, as evidenced by Ephesians 2:4, “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much.” Secondly, he said God’s mercy is great, as proclaimed in 1 Peter 1:3, “According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again.”
Mercy, he noted, is closely tied to compassion. He shared instances from the life of Jesus, demonstrating his compassion through acts of healing, resurrection, and forgiveness.
Touching on “Peace,” he defined it as inner tranquillity for believers, with Jesus being the ultimate source of this peace.
Apostle Obuobi emphasised that Jesus not only possesses peace but is peace itself, bringing peace wherever he goes.
The General Secretary concluded his message by emphasising that the peace of God does not imply the absence of troubles but rather stems from the knowledge that God is in control and believers are victorious.
Quoting Philippians 4:7, he reminded believers that the peace of God surpasses all understanding, guarding their hearts and minds.
An altar call made by the Kasoa Area Head, Apostle James Asare, resulted in five souls being won for Christ.
The General Secretary was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Korkor Obuobi.