NOVENA PRAYER FOR THOSE IN PRISON DAY FOUR, SATURDAY, 29TH APRIL, 2017
# BRIEF REFLECTION
On this fourth day of our Novena Prayers for Mr. Afumba Mombotwa, Mr. Inambao Kalima, and Likando Pelekelo we ask the Lord once more to surround them with his love and consolation. The magisterium of the Catholic Church forbids all forms of injustices done against any human person because we are all created in the image and likeness of God.
# Light a Candle and begin the Prayer with the sign of the Cross
NOVENA FOR THOSE IN PRISON
# O Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “there is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” through the intercession of Saints whose life illustrated such love, we beseech you to grant us our petitions . . .for Mr. Afumba Mombotwa, Mr. Pelekelo Likando, and Mr. Pelekelo Kalima Inambao.
# Light Your Candle – and start the prayer with the sign of the Cross.
NOVENA FOR THOSE IN PRISON
# The Bible teaches us that Jesus expects His church to care for those who locked up in prison. He said, “I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt 25:36), and this is how He sees it; “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40).
We wish to invite Barotse nationals, friends and sympathizers across the world to join us once again for a period of national prayer leading up to the Easter period of Good Friday (Crucifixion Friday), Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday).
Our prayer focus during this period:
1. We pray for those imprisoned, sick and afflicted among us as the LORD admonished all believers through the writer to the Hebrews in the book of Hebrews 13:3 (Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body) ESV. Psalms 69:33 (For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners) ESV. Psalms 146:7 (Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;) ESV. Psalms 102:20 (To hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,) ESV.
2. We pray for our leadership (Barotseland, Zambia, regional and international) at various levels as they are confronted with various leadership and decision challenges, especially as they tackle the Barotseland question. May wisdom, justice and equity be their guiding principles. Scripture focus: 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior) INV.
3. Peace, unity, harmony and togetherness. 1 Corinthians 1:10 (I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.) ESV. 1 Peter 3:8 (Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind) ESV. Romans 12:4-5 (For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.) ESV.
4. Finally, and most urgently, we should pray with anticipation for good and favorable judgment in the Barotse treason trial as our friends in Canada, Australia, America, the Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Botswana and the rest of the world look on and join us in hopeful expectation.