Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams
The General Overseer of the Action Chapel International, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has prayed for the unity of the country, urging Ghanaians and the business community not to relent in their efforts to sustain peace in Ghana.
Ghana, he observed, needs prayers for peace and unity before and after the Supreme Court verdict on the landmark presidential election petition currently before the highest court of the land.
Three leading members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 2012 presidential candidate for the NPP, his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and NPP National Chairman Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey filed the petition challenging Electoral Commission?s declaration of John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as president of Ghana.
Delivering a sermon at a breakfast prayer meeting in Accra yesterday, Archbishop Duncan-Williams prayed for the ?deliverance of the people from the captivity and the darkness of the devil and the shedding of innocent blood after Supreme Court verdict on the petition.
The breakfast prayer, which was organised by the Action Chapel International with support from the Fidelity Bank, brought together religious leaders, business and corporate executives, among others to intercede on behalf of the nation.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams observed that no matter how good or peace-loving Ghanaians are ?if we don?t intercede for this country, there is no guarantee that there will be peace and deliverance for our loved ones and future generations if anything goes wrong.?
There is no way the peace of the nation can be maintained and secured without prayer intercession, according to him.
?We need prayers at this stage. We have seen mighty men like Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and others rise with great ideas but they could not finish their course, and they left the scene prematurely. Without the prayer of Abraham for Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and his children will not have survived,? Archbishop Duncan-Williams added.
?I have been tagged a supporter of a ruling party or government and if you are not very courageous and you don?t have spiritual audacity, you?ll back off and all you do is to focus on yourself, your church and your immediate family.?
?These are some of the things that happen in a nation when some of the people align themselves with religious leaders and we start identifying ourselves with political parties instead of realising that we have a responsibility to the nation,? he said.
Archbishop Williams insisted that praying for the country was a calling that he would not abandon.
?There I was misrepresented again, before they said I was NDC and when President Kufuor came and I prayed for his government, then I was told I?ve crossed carpet from NDC to NPP?.if you don?t understand the workings of darkness and the depth of Satan, you will be vexed and you will just give up.?
?I have been highly misrepresented in a lot of cycles. Even in my church, I have all of them, the CPP, NPP to NDC they are all there and sometimes they fight you because they think you have taken a particular side.
?Some tell you stop praying for the country. Let things go bad and when we come we will fix it and I look at them and I just feel sad for them because nobody has answers to solve all the problems in the country.
?No one political party can resolve the problems of this country, it doesn?t matter how good and sophisticated you are in government,? Archbishop Duncan-Williams stated.
?Men In Grey Suite?
According to him, the late Lady Dina of United Kingdom once described some people in the corridors of power as ?men in the grey suite.?
?That is for the United Kingdom, who are the men in grey suite in Ghana, Are they human beings or are they evil spirits? The men in the grey suite are the men and powers operating in the shadows; operating behind the scene to determine who goes and who comes and what happens,? he stated.
?I pray that the men in the grey suite will not determine the fate of the people of Ghana. It is my prayer that no Ghanaian will become a refugee in another man?s land and that none of us will go into exile and that the inheritance of our children will not fall into the hands of strangers,? Archbishop Duncan-William prayed.
Archbishop Duncan-Williams said, ?The church is divided today, men of God are divided and there are some people who pray for the government and there are others who believe in praying against governments.?
He called for sober reflection, pointing out that ?Peace is not a commodity and you don?t debate and insult and fight each other for peace. Peace never comes by debating and fighting?Peace comes as a result of acknowledging the source and the author of peace that is God and so the Bible commands us to pray.