PNoy harnesses 'prayer power' to battle PH problems

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2013 02:57 PM | Updated as of May 25 2013 07:42 AM

PNoy: There is a lot of evil in this world

MANILA (UPDATED) - Delegates of the 2013 Global Discipleship Congress (GDC) prayed over President Aquino with its organizers lauding him for "promoting good and restraining evil."

Aquino thanked the congregation's leaders for their support and lauded them for not "asking for anything in return."

Before a large gathering in the Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) auditorium in Pasig City, Aquino ditched his prepared speech and spoke extemporaneously about how some people can be very negative while others support him unconditionally.

He remembered how his congressional staff had complained about barangay officials who suffered from "amnesia" and had to be reminded of his accomplishments during every election period.

"That's the balance in the world. If you have who never recognize the good that you do, there are those who constantly support you, nourish you, strengthen you without asking anything in return like Bishop Jonel Milan, Reverend Dr. Peter Tan-Chi and Bishop Efraim Tendero," Aquino said.

Milan is the founder and president of Care for Philippines (K4Phil) Movement; Tan-Chi is senior pastor of the CCF; Tendero is national director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC).

The prayer assembly with the President was held on the third day of the GDC, an annual gathering on biblical discipleship of Christian groups from around 60 countries.

Aquino spoke of the "difficult burdens" of being in office and the importance of prayer in confronting seemingly "insurmountable" problems. He described prayer as an important "weapon" in fighting "evil."

"If we are prepared to accept the good that people do to us, then it is but necessary or by definition also part of the equation, that evil has to come our way. And there is a lot of evil in this world. There are those who have chosen to be myopic, who will only focus on the negatives, and will never entertain the possibility of any positives. There are those who find-unfortunately-happiness in bringing everybody down instead of trying to lift everybody up," he said.

"But through all of this, there has been one constant. And I agree, prayer is indeed a very, very, very efficient weapon and a very, very efficient and really the source of our strength."

Aquino then led a short prayer, asking God for protection from "enemies" and thanking God for his "steadfast supporters."