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40-day period of prayer and fasting announced

General News 40-day period of prayer and fasting announced

National House of Prayer Advisory Board Chairperson Bishop Joshua Banda speaking during press briefing whilst His Vice Chairperson Rev: Pukuta Mwanza (r) and Board Member David Nama (l) listens
National House of Prayer Advisory Board Chairperson Bishop Joshua Banda speaking during press briefing whilst His Vice Chairperson Rev: Pukuta Mwanza (r) and Board Member David Nama (l) listens
The National House of Prayer board has announced a 40-day period of prayer and fasting starting Saturday September 9 to October 18 which is a National Day of Prayer and Fasting.

Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the National House Of Prayer Joshua Banda says the 40-day Period will be dedicated to praying and fasting for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in the country.

Bishop Banda says the theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer is “promoting peace and reconciliation and consolidating national unity in diversity.

He has also appealed to all political parties to dialogue on any outstanding national issues and put first the nation’s interest first.

Bishop Banda was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka.

And chairperson of fundraising committee of National House Of Prayer David Nama said the committee has found alternative means of raising funds for the construction of the house of prayer.


  1. The caption Joshya banda talking while his vice Pukuta listening ahahaha..is he listening sure the man is calculating ka money that he shall get after 40days. THE MR NAMA TELLS US THOSE ALTERNATIVE WAYS U GONNA USE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE NATIONAL HOUSE PRAYER BUILDING, ZAMBIA IS NOT A MOSLEM STATE NO FASTING FOR SUCH A LONG TIME , CAN ECL FAST EVEN FOR A DAY EVEN HH :

    • Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. So can his children. Speak after doing research, not only speaking for the sake of ku bwata bwata. May Jesus bless you.

    • Banda is too political, I wonder if this fasting is being commissioned and sanctioned by State House…..

      And does this mean that people will not have to eat for 40 days? I wonder how many people will comply, or maybe like the HIV testing this is also compulsory.

      AS FOR ME, I AM OPTING OUT, CANT FAST FOR THAT LONG. I CANT EVEN FAST FOR A DAY…I eat from 1st Jan to 31st Dec with a lot of snacks in between meals

    • To stop violence and reconciliation no need for prayer and fasting. Just tell Jonathan to tell his thugs to behave kwapwa. Stop hiding in this prayer and fasting holier than thou stuff.

    • This is shocking… Why him announcing?
      Is Joshua the minister of Pentecostal affairs? If a teacher passes out in class because of fasting, will permanent secretary report that to Joshua Banda?
      These kind of national issues used to be announced by Secretary to the cabinet.

    • We shall fast & pray just like we have done every year whether in good or bad times. We know that the rain we prayed for last 2 seasons nourished the soil & filled up reservoirs to benefit even those who are now blaspheming & belittling the Power of Prayer. We don’t mind because those who rely on the Lord our Saviour JESUS Christ are always victorious. We spent most of last & this year praying for our economy & the ever faithful Lord has opened up His treasure store of blessings for this country. Many who sit on the mocking seat will be shocked @ how the Lord is working & how they will be left behind. God Bless Zambia

    • As prayer is made for reconciliation blah blah, can we also please not neglect our families – especially our children. It would be interesting to know how many of those 70 arrested children have committed christian parents. Priorities!!!

    • Spade September 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

      (Isaiah 1:10-15) Hear the word of Jehovah, you dictators of Sod?om. Pay attention to the law of our God, you people of Go·mor?rah. 11?“Of what benefit to me are your many sacrifices?” says Jehovah. “I have had enough of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed animals, And I have no delight in the blood of young bulls and lambs and goats. 12?When you come to appear before me, Who has required this from you, This trampling of my courtyards? 13?Stop bringing in any more worthless grain offerings. Your incense is detestable to me. New moons, sabbaths, the calling of conventions —I cannot put up with the use of magical power along with your solemn assembly. 14?I have hated your new moons and your festivals. They have become a burden to me; I…

    • I am tired of bearing them. 15?And when you spread out your palms, I hide my eyes from you. Although you offer many prayers, I am not listening; Your hands are filled with blood.

      (Isaiah 59:2-8) Your own errors have separated you from your God. Your sins have made him hide his face from you, And he refuses to hear you. 3?For your palms are polluted with blood And your fingers with error. Your lips speak lies, and your tongue mutters unrighteousness. 4?No one calls out for righteousness, And no one goes to court in truthfulness. They trust in unreality and speak what is worthless. They conceive trouble and give birth to what is harmful. 5?They hatch the eggs of a poisonous snake, And they weave the cobweb of a spider. Anyone who eats their eggs would die, And the egg that is crushed…

    • hatches a viper. 6?Their cobweb will not serve as a garment, Nor will they cover themselves with what they make. Their works are harmful, And deeds of violence are in their hands. 7?Their feet run to do evil, And they hurry to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are harmful thoughts; Ruin and misery are in their ways. 8?They have not known the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks. They make their roadways crooked; No one treading on them will know peace.

    • (Matthew 6:6, 16-18) But when you pray, go into your private room and, after shutting your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. Then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you. “When you fast, stop becoming sad-faced like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so they may appear to men to be fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.But you, when fasting, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18?so that you may not appear to be fasting to men but only to your Father who is in secret. Then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you.

    • AIDS has prospered, for over 30 years and still devouring at the core of our society. And so are poverty ignorance and crime.

      This prayer thing is a waste of time.

    • You don’t know what you really are saying my friend.
      We combine hard work integrity upright living with serious praying and fasting. We are not interested in the prosperity that leads to to hell fire. God’s presence help and intervention is what we want. How can you gain the whole world and yet loose your soul.
      Working hard and end up in damnation. God forbid.

    • My thought exactly. “National House of Prayer Board”? Eish. In addition to sitting allowance maybe they get praying allowance? This could also be a ploy to get 40 days of missing lunch allowance.

  2. When the other guy (their leader) was in privatization he became rich! (How?) No UPND talks about it! Their corrupted minds always sees others as thieves! Lord have mercy! How we Africans behave is really a shame, sometimes! You cannot develop with such backward mindsets among you! He will NEVER be president!

    • Sharon; you sound like an empty drum rolling down a hill. The topic here is 40 days of prayer are you so myopic that you have to show your dullness by prattling on HH? this country cannot prosper when we have people like you showing us your ignorance despite knowing how to use the web. You are a sorry disgrace.

    • He made his money through hard work. He was never part of the looting cartel that hide in prayer and fasting while looting the country. I dont even know why that topic is brought up. If you have nothing to offer just shut up. If you you want to obey the instruction go ahead and fast but dont pull all of us in it. I must be convinced with the reasons for this fasting, otherwise it is just an empty instruction. I dont believe in that National House of Prayer project, so I will do nothing to help its advancement. I can assure you that bars will be fully open and manching, fornication, adultary and all sorts of debuchery will continue unabated during this period. This is because this instruction is not from God but from the corrupt Wako ni Wako click! When I decide to fast, I will do it…

  3. You should be dedicating this 40-day Period to praying and fasting for the ending of Youth sex parties in Zambia. Why are you Zambians ignoring a problem you have right before your nose? In 50 years of our independence we have never seen youths or adults having a sex party and government wants to say nothing about it?

  4. Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the National House Of Prayer Joshua Banda, go f**k yourself!

    Who are you to tell us how to worship God?

    When you yourself are bowing down to the Golden Calf?

    Get OUT you hypocrite, conman, scammer. THAT is what Jesus told the moneylenders like YOU in the Temple.

  5. The “three musketeers” are at it again.
    David Nama is an honorable man, he needs to quit this group and leave the two shameless easterners alone.

  6. Boyi fasting for HH to understand the importance of reconciliation, kuti bakusanga na kwashiokor ! that man is too bitter to kneel before God !

  7. Oh lazy zambians. Whn kaunda gave up there was never 40 days bla bla. U have political problem not a spiritual problem. Use the correct formula. Here is z differnce with z whiteman: hunger=grow food; war=make peace; poverty=work hard; poor leadership= vote it out. For zambia(blackman), to both spiritual and non-spiritual challenges= more spiritual posituring. Bishop mpundu and group and commonwealth secretary used z correct formula and results are there!

  8. “Enforced uniformity confounds civil and religious liberty and denies the principles of Christianity and civility. No man shall be required to worship or maintain a worship against his will.”
    Roger Williams.

    Separation of church and state.

  9. Comment: Let Jonathan Oscar Lungu, Sumaili, Joshua Banda and Pukuta go ahead with their hypocritical fast since they act like they are the chosen ones in this country and the rest are false. RUBBISH!!!
    Only the gullible will go for this nosense.

  10. Are we having another version of Ramadan in this so called country of Christians? Who are supposed to fast and pray,is it the trip or everyone? Did Jesus say “When you fast ,announce it to everyone?” These are indeed Men of Gold…..

  11. Why pray? Why not talk and agree to disagree but reach common ground on important issues? If prayer is effective and works we would be a wealthy non fighting society. We are the solution to our problems and there is no sky God waiting to answer prayers. You don’t believe me? Here is my proof. After 40 days of malnutrition (fasting) more likely to see people die if hunger than are any political change. So who goes against my word? Keep this very subject open for 40 days. In this day and age, I can’t believe people still have faith in a myth fictional character known as Jesus.

  12. Pukuta and Team; we respect your thought for prayer and fasting; but your prayer and fasting will not bring peace to Zambia; just tell Lungu, Davies, Kaizer and Mumbi etc to stop their cadres from committing violence; we cant have peace when cadres are about the police and the law; every time we have had prayer what followed was violence; Muslims too commit more evils after their Ramadan; Let PF stop violence and then go for prayers as no prayer will stop Kaizer being violent in or outside Zambia;

  13. Hypocrites are at it again. Ask them to produce a list of people, political parties even individuals they have reconciled with from the time they declared this nonsense – NON

  14. Where were these men when the conflict was at climax? when one locked up the other for traffic offenses which turned treason?? How much do you get everytime you sit on that board? what other allowances are we that tax payers paying for you to tell us mambo jumbo? Its time churches started paying taxes. Its daylight robbery for me to share my salary only for it to go to the already enrichened who are further getting fat off the backs of poor congregants.


  16. Fasting has its place in religion but enforced activities are not acceptable. Zambia is marjority Christian but we dont have a Christian government, so please let individuals decide whether or not to fast. I am a Christian myself but have never fasted because I just can not live without nourishment for more than 6 hours. My brain just can’t cope and I therefore can not do my job well. God will ansewr prayer under any circumstances, so those who choose to fast should do so without being mobilised or forced. I will pray at my dinner table .

  17. When i read some comments,i get worried with the way we potray our Leaders.Where are our morals gone?? IF you feel you can not fast for 40 days,there is no problem you staying away but ,its not right with the abusive langauge we have developed against out leader and elders.People please whether you don’t like some or not,lets be sober minded people and ague and comment on things that build all of us.
    May God deliver all of US from that vague language and culture we are developing.

  18. 40 days of fasting and praying. St.upid things. Go die fasting alone. What peace and reconciliation when it is PF that is promoting violence. Isn’t it PF who have been demonstrating without police permit trying to kick Felix Mutati out of office. God will come and some of you are definitely going to hell, just start preparing. Go f**k yourselves with fasting and prayer. Poor people muma komboni fast every day because they don’t even have food to eat…may be you should start by ending their eternal fasting by giving them food, NOT forcing them to continue fasting. As I said, God is coming. Mwilashenteka Lesa.

  19. No serious christian should get involved in this abomination. God can not hear fasting organised by a group that support injustice. God is just. You are wasting your time fasting to demons.

  20. Looks like the Joshua Banda and his cabal for brown envelopes has taken over the functions of the minister of religious affairs. What mandate has Joshua Banda and his cronies have to start making such serious statements to the nation when you have a government in place? That’s what happens when you have a leadership without a vision and the right policies for the country. Everyone one has become everything taking advantage of the situation. Not surprised. You just have to look at the confusion reigning in the PF and it’s leadership. What a country!

  21. Prayer ok but its only energy not work. Africans and Zambians in particular concentrate most of their efforts acquiring energy without understanding that energy is just the ability not actual work. Lets pray but immediately go to work..

  22. prayer and fasting for 40 days well received, children of God this does not mean that you will stay without food for 40 days and 40 nights. Here the Bishop has said that we pray and fast for 40 days it means you need to break the fast at 18:00 hours also.
    Children of God ,respect leader because they are the ones who are looking after your lives Hebrews 13 :10, today you can say all thought of evil but the day to pay is coming .God bless Zambia and the citizen amen

  23. Useless prayer and fasting announcement. Where have you been when we the country was facing more political challenges? Go and pray alone mayb with yr children at home. Are you still a bishop all full time cadre as we hv known you? Don’t force us to sin by what we will tell you. Fake pastor.

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