On the first Sunday of the Year, January 7, 2024, both members of Accra East and West Districts gathered at Accra Central for a united divine service led by the Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo.
Before the service, the Sunday School of the Accra Central congregation welcomed the Lead Apostle with a role-play titled ‘Prayer Works!’, the Church’s motto for 2024.
The text word used for the new year service was taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing”.
The Lead Apostle began his sermon by saying: “Salvation forms the core message of the Apostles’ doctrine and one of it’s key point is prayer. For most of us, prayer is part of our salvation, hence the need to talk to our Lord in Heaven without ceasing. In order to reap the benefits and results from praying, we need to know how, when and where to pray.”
Highlighting the essence of prayer in Apostle Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he pointed out that:
- The text word is a re-affirmation of Christ’s words while on Earth, quoting Luke 18:1 ‘Men always ought to pray and not lose heart’.
- Prayer is a necessity for man’s existence, and when spoken in faith its effects are felt from the Lord. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Upon their request, Jesus gave them the Lord’s Prayer and taught them how, when and where to pray.
- Also, Jesus Christ’s teachings on the model prayer was earlier used by Elisha
- When we pray, we must not use unclear repetitions of words. Regardless of our need, wants and desires, the Lord knows what we want before we ask.
The Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo added, “Prayer is not a command or convocation but involves a process for it to be done. Therefore, our Lord Jesus Christ always intercedes on our behalf whenever we pray to God, the Father. And, that God responds to petitions made in Jesus Christ’s name.”
Concluding the sermon, the Lead Apostle further admonished everyone to pray without ceasing because prayer works.
He was assisted by Apostle Asare, Community Evagelist Opoku (Accra Central), Congregation Rector Jones (Madina) and Priests Asenso and Adzavon (East-Legon).