Statement By Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell On National Day Of Prayer

PR – Sisters and brothers, it is heartening today to be part of this National Day of Prayer, as we come together in unity to seek the divine intervention of our Lord and Saviour. It is through his mercy that we have come this far, and today, we come together to give him thanks and to seek his continued blessings. 

As a Christian nation, we are no strangers to prayer and its value in our lives. As individuals, we offer daily prayers, asking the Lord to keep us and restore us; but we come before Him today, as a family, to ask for the healing of the nation and we beseech his wisdom in leading us through this valley of darkness. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the world as we know it; it has forced physical distancing upon us as a means of curbing its spread but as the same time, it has provided an opportunity for us to come together spiritually, to join our hearts in praise and thanksgiving. Many have not made it to this day as the dreaded disease continues to claims thousands of lives, some of them, our very own relatives. For those of us who are still here, we seek guidance to navigate the perilous path of this disease, we seek comfort as we grieve the loss of loved ones, we seek strength to cope with our changed reality and we seek hope for the future. 

Our frontline workers, providing services in the areas of healthcare, policing, sanitation and other essential areas, are our earthly heroes, physically taking us through this storm, but they do so because they are themselves guided by The Almighty. Sisters and brothers, as we rethink our lives and strategise for the future, let us not depart from the warm embrace of our God, let us trust in his infinite wisdom and his abounding strength. 

No one said the road was going to be easy, but we also know that many hands make light work. Therefore, in joining our hands today, we seek with one voice to glorify and demonstrate our faith in him, as our Lord and Saviour. I commend the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Grenada Conference of Churches and the Alliance of Evangelical Churches for this timely initiative. 

In closing sisters and brothers, I turn to Mark 11, verse 24, and I quote, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”, unquote. Therefore, as we stand together as one today, let us do so believing that our prayers will be answered, that our wishes will be granted, that our resolve to be our brother’s keeper will be strengthened and that our nation will rise again. I thank you.