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Pastor: It’s beyond begging

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Pastor: It’s beyond begging

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GOD?IS?NOT?a “sugar daddy” and should not be approached in such a manner, advised a pastor yesterday.
Lester Murrell, of the Pegwell Community Church, in Pegwell Boggs, Christ Church, said going to God and asking Him for things was not how it worked. Rather, he told Barbadians to awake, pray, lament and cry out to God to bring the country out of its current financial and social challenges.
The minister was taking part in a special service to mark the tenth anniversary of the Quarter Hour Of Prayer Power, a radio programme hosted by Pastor Courtney Selman.
Murrell, who is head of Prayer Warriors International Fellowship and Worship Centre, was preaching on the topic Pray Barbados. He said God did not dole out everything without His people doing something.
God wanted to bless tourism, agriculture, schools and homes, he declared, but Barbados had to return to Him.
He said at a national level people talked about the challenges the country was facing, including lay-offs, high debt and shortage of medication, and everything appeared to be doom and gloom, but they did not understand the importance of praying.
“For the church it is different. Talking to the Almighty God is an integral part of the answer. We do not have to throw up our hands in despair and let this country go down. We are going to pray and I can guarantee that we will see a turnaround in this country.  
“The politicians must know what they must do; the social partners, the unions and the church have to do what they have to do,” he said.  
Selman, speaking on the highs and lows of the ten-year journey, said the road leading to this decade was paved with discouragement, sleepless nights, times of not being able to meet financial commitments and negative comments.
However, he said thankfully God did not behave like mankind and the show had continued.
Selman said when he started he had an idea and a pocketful of faith, but through releasing fear and embracing faith there had been more than 1 400 radio broadcasts. (LK)