Pray to halt Ebola, Liberian president urges

Monrovia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called on Tuesday for three days of fasting and prayer to ask for divine intervention against her country's deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak.

"I call on all Liberians to observe three days of national fast and prayer to seek God's face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue the fight against the deadly Ebola virus", Johnson said in a statement.

More than 300 Liberians have been infected by the tropical disease, which has been raging in West Africa's forests since the start of the year. More than half of those who have caught it have died.

The fast and prayer period will last during daylight hours until the weekend, the presidency said.

Religious leaders will lead prayers for "the spiritual, moral and physical restoration of the land including prayers for the elimination of Ebola", it added.

The period will finish on Friday evening, when senior religious figures will hold a three-hour service in Monrovia, which will also be broadcast on national television.

"We are calling on all Liberians to join in this time of true national repentance and prayer against the Ebola virus," said priest Jervis Witherspoon, who is spiritual advisor to Johnson. "We believe, in accordance to the scripture, that God will hear our prayer, forgive our sins and heal the land."

The presidency said religious leaders would also pray "against any form of witchcraft activity used to spread Ebola virus" and for health workers struggling to contain it.

The tropical virus has claimed almost 900 lives and infected more than 1 600 people in four West African nations in an epidemic aid agencies have warned is out of control.

Neil Henry Wood 2014/08/06 04:42:00 PM
Like that is going to help. Lets also ask Superman to help
Reggie Vermaak 2014/08/06 04:49:42 PM
Stop vreeting bloody bats
Enzo Ball 2014/08/06 04:54:05 PM
Whilst you're at it, also ask him to cure cancer.
Euraw Birdman 2014/08/06 05:05:44 PM
A space habitat is needed.
Grant Durban 2014/08/06 05:06:15 PM
Of course it helps
Grant Durban 2014/08/06 05:06:52 PM
Good luck with your life Enzo
Seek Anfind 2014/08/06 06:07:46 PM
AG GEEZUZ! !! how utterly PATHETIC! ! get off your @ss and DO something rather than sitting in a corner starving yourself hoping the problem will fix itself! !
Phae Rayden 2014/08/06 06:09:00 PM
Yes come on pray! This could be a global experiment to see if God exists for once and for all. Every Christian should pray for Ebola victims and let's see if the virus disappears at the end of the three days. Surely your God will listen to all his people pleading with him to intervene. If nothing happens, as we know it won't, who will admit there"s no-one out there? Only humans care and assist eachother. Drop the ignorant customs and embrace medical science, guaranteed the outbreak will be controlled.
Amandlawhereto 2014/08/06 06:14:35 PM
Just one pair of hands providing symptomatic medical treatment to an ebola patient will provide far more assistance than a million pairs of hands clasped in prayer.
Vivian Harris 2014/08/06 06:46:35 PM
Really?! That's your solution to end the deadly virus from spreading and killing others? Idiot!! If prayer helped there would be no cancer or war or is the God you praying to selective,,,Educate your people about the virus and how to prevent it from spreading and give them treatment!!!