Various organizations, including NSCN-IM, Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC), GPRN/NSCN, have responded to the call by Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF) to all the Christians in Nagaland to hold a statewide prayer programme on March 20.
NJCF said that Nagas are in distress. It further said that the “the Naga political settlement which we term as ‘solution’ is creating fear and uncertainty in the minds of our people”. In this regard, the Forum has written letters to the heads of all the denominations in Nagaland while asking them to organize a day of prayer on Saturday.
Responding to the call, NSCN-IM has informed that it would observe the prayer and fasting called on by the NJCF on March 20 from 6 am to 12 noon at Diphupar ‘A’ Village Council Hall. It further informed all commercial establishments, apart from medical and educational establishments in Dimapur, to “show solidarity by keeping their stores closed up to 12 pm on March 20.”
Meanwhile, GPRN/NSCN informed that a “national prayer and fasting” program will be convened at Council Headquarter (CHQ), Khehoi Designated camp on the said date as per the time scheduled.
Meanwhile, Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) has “highly” appreciated the Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF) for initiating and urging all the denominational churches in Nagalim to observe a nationwide day of fasting and prayer on March 20 for six hours, starting from 6 am to 12 noon, “for peaceful and honourable solution of the protracted Indo-Naga political issue”.
“Indeed, it is the greatest need of the hour for Nagas because Nagas are now engaged in a spiritual warfare,” said the CNC, adding, “There are unseen spiritual forces working against the fulfilment of God’s purpose for the Nagas. And these unseen forces can only be defeated and driven out through prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29)”.
In this regard, the CNC also appealed to all the Naga churches in Nagalim and abroad, prayer centres, individuals, well-wishers and informs all the brigades, battalions, units, and regions under it to observe the same in their own respective churches and places, and earnestly pray on the prayer points circulated by NJCF.
“Lus also pray that on the said day so that the Holy Spirit will move mightily in all the Naga areas, and the hearts and minds of the Naga people will be convicted and lives will be transformed so that permanent peace can be ushered in and healing can take place in our land,” the CNC added.