MANILA -- Christians in the Philippines prayed in the streets of Manilla during the Global Day of Prayer Sunday, crying out to God for mercy and forgiveness for the sins of the nation. Throughout the country, other believers joined the world's biggest prayer meeting, interceding in their own churches.
The nation's believers are expecting a significant new move of God as the Philippine president himself, Benigno Aquino lll, called on the Most High for the transformation of the nation.
"Let us remember the strength we gain from prayer is not individual strength," Aquino told the gathering.
"It is a strength we can rely on as we move forward along this great path toward better lives for our countrymen but also toward a closer, more prosperous and more peaceful world," he said.
The way to the straight path of righteousness has always been President Aquino's battle cry.
"The coming of the president really was something because it is a very important principle that when the head of the country or when the head of the state comes, the wisdom, the blessing of the Lord is really poured upon the leader who comes to the prayer gathering," said Bishop Dan Balais, chairman of Intercessors for the Philippines.
Christian leaders led by American missionary Dr. Hugh White prayed over Aquino. While moved that the Philippine president joined the prayer gathering, White also asked for prayer for his own country.
"You need to pray for us in America because we are drifting away from holding the Bible as being the infallible truth and the only way of real life," said White, founder of Prayer Life Ministries. "I wish our country will take that attitude about following Christ."