In Ghana, December 31 midnight has been associated mainly with intense prayer by the Christians as Pastors lead their congregations to thank God for the passing year and commit to the new year.
Ghana News Agency has observed over the years that the midnight prayers are mostly characterised by professing of personal resolutions, whilst the Churches also outdoor theme for the New Year.
GNA tour of Accra during the day revealed mixed reactions and expectations as most Christians prepare to pray into the New Year which will be seasoned with singing, dancing and waving of handkerchiefs and other materials in praise of God.
The Reverend Fitzgerald Odonkor, Head Poster of Harvest Chapel International told the GNA: śWe must enter the New Year with positive hope but be conscious that every New Year has its own challenges hence the need to prepare to face them.
śWe should therefore take time to do a careful self assessment by reflecting on the past year to identify where we fell short and where we excelled and make the necessary corrections where neededť.
Rev Odonkor also prayed for an accelerated socio-economic and political growth and urged politicians to co-exist peacefully with their opponents.
He advised the youth to avoid any negative lifestyle as it would jeopardize their future.
Most Churches including Harvest Chapel International, International Central Gospel Church, Christian Action Faith Ministry International, Christ Apostolic Church International, Word Miracle Church International, and Lighthouse Chapel International are all ready to hold a midnight watch night services to usher in 2013.
Others also disclosed their intentions to hit the night clubs for merry making; śwe must drink off the sorrows of 2012, personally I encountered a lot of challenges this year, and must drink the problems away,ť Dominic Kwadwo Asante, a trader at 37 Military Hospital area, said.GNA