MCGI Closes First Prayer Meet by PNoy, Proposes Nat’l Prayer Day

In the Malacañang Prayer Meeting on March 9, 2015 at the Malacañan Palace grounds, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) lead the closing prayer of the special gathering.

During the open forum with President Benigno Aquino III in the same event, MCGI also proposed a National Prayer Day for the country and its leaders.

Regional Servant Bro. Danilo Navales represented MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon in the said meeting. Members of the Coalition of Christian Movements and the cabinet of the President attended the event.

Luzon Regional Servant Bro. Danilo Navales shakes the hand of Pres. Aquino after his opening remarks in the  Prayer Meet on March 9, 2015 at the Malacañan Palace grounds. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Luzon Regional Servant Bro. Danilo Navales shakes the hand of Pres. Aquino after his opening remarks in the Prayer Meet on March 9, 2015 at the Malacañan Palace grounds. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“Despite feeling humbled, we are happy to be part of this undertaking,” said Bro. Danny in his remarks before the prayer. Bro. Navales also said that it is an honor to be part of a coalition that believes in the true spirit of Christianity and doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ.

President Aquino stressed his intention of strengthening unity among different sectors amidst trials and threats of political and economic instability in his opening remarks. Quoting Martin Luther King, he said:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

During the open forum, the president also gave an overview of what factually transpired in the Mamasapano incident on January 25, 2015. It will be remembered that despite criticisms and calls for resignation from both the political and religious realms, PNoy accepted responsibility of the unfortunate event:

“As President and Commander-in-Chief, the responsibility for any result, triumph, grief, or tragedy that we may experience in the attainment of security and peace lies on my shoulders,” stressed Aquino in Filipino.

National Day of Prayer Proposed

During the open forum, MCGI representative Bro. Diosdado Cobin asked the president about the possibility of a National Prayer Day.

“I think it’s possible,” said the president. However, the legalities of the proposition would have to be worked out considering the separation of church and state that the constitution states.

Pres. Aquino, affectionately called as PNoy by his constituents, gave an opening remarks as well as started an open forum on the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Pres. Aquino, affectionately called as PNoy by his constituents, gave an opening remarks as well as started an open forum on the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“The Executive Secretary is present, who is a lawyer, who is presently now [stet] drafting in his mind exactly how it will adhere to all the constitutional provisions,” PNoy added.

In the United States, an annual observance of the National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of May designated by the United States Congress.

Understanding the value of prayer in people’s lives, MCGI launched community prayer schedules on media partner UNTV four times a day. In 2011, the Church opened a 24/7 online portal with an hourly prayer and songs of praise in between.

The Prayer Meet’s closing prayer led by the MCGI representative was dubbed by netizens as the “Prayer for Unity”, and included giving the father of the nation strength to lead the nation, and for all Filipinos to place the needs of others before one’s self.

“And we do believe that this undertaking can be the beginning of a mass effort for change, not only here in Metro Manila, but in the whole Philippines,” added Bro. Danny.

“We believe that peace is the key to progress. And this will bring justice for every Filipino.” — Pres. Aquino

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

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  • Reyjump Lomocso Apr 06, 2015 at 02:04 pm

    ang ganda pla

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  • Glenn Lumabi Mar 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Prayer is the best tool by reaching God thanks to God for the preacher like Bro Eli. & Bro Daniel sent to us to preach the true Gospel of God. To God be the Glory… Amen

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  • Junne Gabriel Mar 24, 2015 at 02:03 am

    to god be the glory

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  • Morie Luib Dancalan Mar 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

    peace is not the absence of trouble but can be obtained in the presence of God.Salamat sa Dios and God bless us all.

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  • Jayronz Mar 20, 2015 at 01:03 pm

    I’m proud to be a christian, and it is our honor to be one of our representative brethren headed the closing prayer of Pnoy’s proposed National Prayer ♥☺!

    To GOD be all the Glory forever!
    AMEN.

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  • chrys yverth yastone Mar 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    peace is always the solution in any conflict. To God be the glory!

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  • Paulo Cera Mar 18, 2015 at 07:03 am

    National Day of Prayer Proposed

    During the open forum, MCGI representative Bro. Diosdado Cobin asked the president about the possibility of a National Prayer Day.

    “I think it’s possible,” said the president. However, the legalities of the proposition would have to be worked out considering the separation of church and state that the constitution states.

    Read here: http://www.mcgi.org/mcgi-closes-first-prayer-meet-by-pnoy-proposes-natl-prayer-day/

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