The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has urged ministers and their spouses to devote themselves to fasting and praying in order to excel in their mandate.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye made this clarion call on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, during Day Two of the ongoing Global Ministers and Wives’ Retreat of the Greater-Accra West Zone of the Church at the Sampson Okyere Memorial Temple.
Exhorting ministers and their wives on the topic: “Fasting,” the Chairman said that, like Abraham (Genesis 12:1-2), God desires to make anyone who submits to Him a blessing to others. He, however, noted that this could only come to pass if the individual avails themselves to be moulded by God as clay in the hand of the potter (Jeremiah18:1-6).
He said that the process of moulding may not always be an easy one, but one is certain that it would lead to a desirable end.
He noted that a significant part of this process is the practice of fasting and praying. He said that as ministers of the Gospel it is expedient that they spend considerable amount of time with God, so that they would always receive life to bless others.
Reading Mark 3:13 and Luke 6:12, the Chairman pointed out how Jesus, their utmost example, often spent time, praying to God, sometimes throughout the night. He urged ministers to drink deep from the spirit so that they would be able to impact those entrusted to their care.
Touching on the benefits of fasting, Apostle Eric Nyamekye used Daniel as an example of a man who regularly engaged in fasting and praying. He also shared some of his personal experiences on how fasting has been beneficial to his ministry to encourage ministers to do same to cause a great revival in the church.
He said that every revival begins with repentance, thus, a decision to return to God or change from one’s old ways (2 Chronicles 7:14). He however, stressed that repentance must always be backed by action and not mere rhetoric.
Apostle Nyamekye said that when ministers devote themselves to fasting and prayer, they would be able to minister to the spiritual needs of their members. He said that the practice of fasting and prayer, therefore, helps the minister to grow spiritually and to be more spiritually potent.
Other benefits of fasting, according to the Chairman, were that it sharpens one’s spiritual giftings, brings breakthroughs and restoration and causes them to stay spiritually fresh (Luke 2:25-38).
Apostle Eric Nyamekye, therefore, called on church leaders to minister (serve) through fasting and praying as is recorded of Anna in the Bible (Luke 2:36-37).
Through the Global Ministers and Wives’ Retreat dubbed “GMWR”, which is being held from Monday, August 10, to Friday, August 14, 2020, the leadership of The Church of Pentecost aims to lead the charge for a great revival in the church and the world.
Present at the meeting were the General Secretary, Apostle ANY Kumi-Larbi, Apostle David Tettey Tekper (Achimota Area Head), Mrs Mary Nyamekye (Wife of the Chairman), as well as ministers and wives in the Greater-Accra West Zone comprising the Achimota, Odorkor, Kaneshie, Anyaa Ablekuma, Dansoman Areas, Kasoa and the Downtown Ofaakor Areas.