Prayer delivered by AFRC
Chairman Major Johnny Paul Koroma at the funeral of 21 persons killed
during ECOMOG shelling of the port. Delivered Thursday 4 September 1997.
Fellow Citizens, let us pray. O God of Abraham,
God of Isaac and God of Jacob. God of those that fear your name, we
beseech you this afternoon, we ask you dear Lord, that even as I declare
seven days of national mourning.
I re-dedicate this nation and submit it to you,
that you will have your own decision and will over us. We know God that
there is no king or president who appoints himself. There is no one who
is born president. You alone appoint and you alone remove.
Glory be to your holy name. Lord we submit
ourselves to you, believing and trusting that we are in transit. Naked
we came, and naked we will go back.
Blessed be your holy name. There is nothing we
will take back with us. These our people, our brothers and sisters who
passed away didn't ever know this was their time. They were no more
sinful than we are. Glory be to your holy name Lord.
For we do not know our day, but we ask of you
these things; because you loved the world so much that you gave your
only begotten son that whomsoever believeth in you should not perish,
but shall have everlasting life.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most
high, shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. And we shall say
unto the Lord, you are our refuge and our fortress. The God in him and
whom we trust.
Father we thank you, Father we bless you. Father
we ask you to look kindly upon this nation. Look at your people. They
are destroyed. They are in deep distress. They are deprived; but with
you near us with your angels guarding us Lord, yes we have lost, but we
know you will sustain us, and you will give us.
We seek peace, dear God. Yes, the peace that
cometh from you, not the peace of the world. But the peace that passeth
all understanding, the peace of God.
O dear Lord Jesus our Lord, I re-dedicate this
week as a praise and worship week. I know we are at war against the
devil, but the devil can never win. The devil was defeated at Calvary.
Calvary brought us peace, that is the peace we shall enjoy in this
Father we thank you.
Father we bless you.
I dedicate the government that our Lord, you may
dwell with the secretaries and under-secretaries of state that they may
know that they are not there because of their own power and strength,
nor because they are clever men and intelligent men and women, but
because you have asked us to do your will unto your people.
We are messengers, Lord. You are king and ruler
of this nation.
Father we surrender. Whatever we have, we
surrender and I ask you that as you have brought me up here at such a
time like this, when other men better could have been here, but you have
brought me Lord, in order to proclaim your name as our God. Father I
thank you. I thank you God.
(Pause for one minute to remember the souls of
Heavenly Father, Father, I want to promise before
your people. I want to promise before this nation that, your name I will
continue to proclaim. That your name we shall hold high, that we shall
never surrender to injustice. We will uplift the name of Jesus as Lord.
I know O God that these things did not begin today.
Even in this dark moment of our nation, Lord, I
ask this nation to join me to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord
and Saviour and to proclaim you Heavenly Father as the ruler of this
We shall overcome.
We shall overcome in the name of Jesus.