Anaombea hata mvua? Five standout prayers by Rachel Ruto
Mama Rachel Ruto, the First Lady of Kenya, is renowned for her unwavering humility and devout prayers.
On numerous occasions, she has exemplified her faith, echoing the words of James 2:17, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, “Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
The First Lady is known to be religious and hosts prayer sessions at State House and other areas across the country to pray for drought, the state of affairs in the country and even her husband.
She is never shy of publicly professing her Christian faith.
As the wife of the Head of State, Mama Rachel has engaged in several impactful endeavors that have ignited discussions across various social media platforms.
Here are some of her actions that have left Kenyans talking:
Inviting American preacher Benny Hinn for a crusade at government expense
Benny Hinn, while conducting one of his preachings, recently said Mrs Ruto flew to Orlando, Florida, together with her team, to ask him to attend a crusade in Nairobi.
The televangelist revealed that the First Lady told him the crusade would not only be nationwide but also fully sponsored by the government of Kenya.
“Something amazing happened. The First Lady of Kenya flew from Nairobi with her team, just for one reason; to ask me to come back to Nairobi for a nationwide government-sponsored crusade,” Hinn said.
Some Kenyans expressed concern about the financial implications of hosting such an event.
They worry that taxpayer money may be allocated for what they perceive as a potentially extravagant undertaking.
Praying for rain
The act of Mama Rachel Ruto praying for rain in the country took Kenyans by surprise.
While others lauded her saying she did a noble thing, others castigated her saying she was overdoing things.
Prayer for reduction of road accidents
In December 2017, when her husband served as the Deputy President, mama Rachel led cleansing prayers at the Salgaa-Sanchagwan stretch along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
She was accompanied by various religious leaders from Nairobi, Nakuru, and Eldoret towns and made three stops along the highway, praying and pouring anointing oil on the road. This followed a spell where a number of accidents had been witnessed on that stretch leading to loss of lives.
Although this was a good move, some Kenyans felt that reducing accidents in the country does not require prayers but following traffic rules.
Inviting men of God to state House and holding prayers
Barely a fortnight after President Ruto was sworn in as the fifth president, there was a thanksgiving prayer service held at State House Nairobi.
Mama Rachel while addressing members of the clergy said that they would be holding prayer ceremonies month after month to give thanks to God for answering their prayers.
Kenyans shared mixed reactions towards the same as others said that the First Lady is overdoing things.