Similar ceremonies to the gratitude prayer service held on Sunday at State House Nairobi would be repeated frequently, according to First Lady Rachel Ruto.
Mrs. Ruto said that she and President William Ruto will be conducting prayer gatherings every month to praise God for answering their prayers as she addressed the clergy and faithful at the service she and arranged.
According to the Bible, “People will go up to Jerusalem, year after year, to celebrate the feast of the tabernacles,” and in my opinion, this is a location where people will return to each year to give gratitude. I want to let the congregation know that this is not the last service we will be holding; you can continue to visit us on a monthly basis.
“The Bible says ‘People will go up to Jerusalem, year after year, to celebrate the feast of the tabernacles’, and I think that this is a place where people will come year after year for a thanksgiving. I want to tell the church that this is not the last service we are having, you will be coming here month after month to give thanks to the Lord for doing us good,” she said.
“When the Lord answers your prayer, you go to give thanks and we will not do it just once; we will keep coming to this altar that the fathers have laid here today in the State House ,” added the First Lady.
Mrs. Ruto thanked the President for welcoming church leaders to the State House to pray for the country.
“As an intercessor I am very excited, I feel the doors have been opened. Thank you so much to our president for allowing us intercessors to walk into this compound today to pray, we are very excited,” she said.
Mama Rachel also assured church leaders of her and President Ruto’s support in leading the country in prayer.
“Anything that is born of prayer has to be sustained by prayer. We have a duty before us as the church to continue upholding this nation in prayer… The doors of State House are open and know that you have Mama Rachel here that will always open the doors for you when the president is busy,” Mrs. Ruto said.
Sunday’s prayer service saw speeches from various men and women of cloth.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, his wife Dorcas Rigathi, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja also attended the ceremony which also saw faithful treated to a luncheon.
“When you go to the king’s palace, there is plenty that has been laid for you. So there is lunch today and I think it is a very good idea to share lunch with the president and the deputy,” said Mama Rachel before praying for the meal.
The thanksgiving service was the first of its kind to be held at State House since Ruto moved into the residence after his swearing-in on September 13.