H E President Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya has called for a National Day of Prayer in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. He issued his call on the Feast of St Patrick, 17 March 2020, and it will take place on Saturday, 21 March 2020.
It is interesting that, considering all the information we are getting, there is little or no mention of the need to pray to God: asking God to heal those who have been infected and to give eternal rest to those who have died.
We must also pray for all involved in health care and other works who are in the frontline of trying to deal with this virus. Pray for them and their families: may God keep them safe.
May we all do what is asked of us in order to counter the spread of this disease.
Our Lady of Africa, pray for us. Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
The following is the text of President Kenyatta’s Message:
The world today is facing a serious threat, brought about by a spreading pandemic that is affecting all peoples, all countries and institutions across the globe.
In our own local context, we have done and continue to do everything possible to keep our citizens safe, and prevent further spread of the virus to our population while securing the continuity of business operations. Indeed as I said on Sunday, I and my Ministers will keep you regularly informed on developments as we move on into the future.
But fellow Kenyans even with these efforts, we cannot ignore the need to turn to God. In these circumstances as we have done in the past as a nation, we have always turned to God first to give thanks for the many blessings that He has bestowed on our nation. But we also turn to God to share our fears, our apprehensions, but also to seek his guidance and ever-present protection.
We acknowledge always that we are nothing without our God. And we have learnt over time that turning to God in such times gives us not only comfort but also hope and strength to overcome even those challenges that for us as humans may seem insurmountable.
With this in mind and after consulting a cross-section of ordinary Kenyans as well as our religious leaders, I have decided to declare this coming Saturday, 21st March 2020, as a National Day for Prayer.
In consideration of the protocols that we announced on Sunday and other ongoing protocols that will be announced from time to time, I have thought it necessary that this day of prayer be observed in our homes, in our places of work or wherever we shall be residing on that day.
This prayer day will be led by a team of religious leaders here at State House, Nairobi starting at 12.00 noon on Saturday.
To this end, I appeal to our media houses and kindly request them to broadcast this event live on all our television stations, our radio stations and our online platforms so that we can facilitate every single Kenyan to participate in this event.
On that day, through our religious leaders, we will be asking God for His forgiveness for anything that we may have done wrong or wronged Him. On that day, we shall together ask for His protection and blessing for our Nation, for our people, for the world and all global citizens. We shall ask God to abide with us, and to guide us, both in this period, and in times to come.
And in this, I am guided by the following scripture and I will quote from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians as read in the book of Phillipians 4: 6 – 9, “Do not worry about anything instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then, you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can ever understand. His peace will guide your hearts, your minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
He goes on to say: “And now dear brothers and sisters, one final word, fix your thoughts on what is true and honourable, and what is right and pure, and what is lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting in practice all you have learnt and received from me, everything you have heard and saw me doing then the God of peace will be with you.”
Let us join hands together on Saturday. Let us pray for our country. Let us pray for our unity. Let us pray to see this pandemic resolved and let us pledge to love one another, to live in peace and harmony with each other and let us pray that the world will once again refocus itself on those things that are good, on those things that are virtuous, on those things that are peaceful.
May God bless you all and may God bless the Republic of Kenya.