Married couples must pray before sex, says Anglican clergyman

Appearing on The StandPoint show with Oheneyere Gifty Anti as part of the Valentine series, Rev Amankwah said prayer should be prioritised before love-making

Rev Canon Charles Amankwah, the former Catholic priest now a married Anglican clergyman has advised wedded couples to always pray before having sex.

Rev Amankwah said prayer should be prioritised before love-making.

“Will you believe that the first two years of my marriage, whenever I wanted to have an affair, there was this mentality that [comes to mind that] ‘you are a priest’,” Rev Canon Amankwah said on The StandPoint show with Oheneyere Gifty Anti.

“But there is something I want to teach. What made the love deeper or more loving is prayer. Anytime I want to have an affair with her [his wife] we pray.

“The prayer is simply this, ‘God as I want to have an affair with my wife, you told us in Genesis that we are naked and we don’t feel shy, so why don’t you deepen my love for her, let us have more affection’, so every day we pray before,” Rev Amankwah said.

Listen to Rev Canon Charles Amankwah in the attached video clip below:

Watch the full interview in the video clip attached below:


He holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry from the Catholic University College of Ghana, Sunyani, Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast and Diploma in Theology from the University of Ghana, Legon.

Rev Canon Amankwah has so far written quite a number of books including “God has not finished with you yet”. His 15th book will be launched later this February.


Prior to becoming an Anglican clergyman, he was an assistant parish priest at the Holy Trinity Parish at Agormanya in the Eastern Region. He was later appointed parish priest of the St Barbara Parish at Akosombo in the Eastern Region.

Rev Canon Amankwah is currently the diocesan evangelism director and also the director for the choir at St Mary Anglican church at Atechem, Dunkwa-On-Offin in the Central Region.

Report suggests he left the Catholic church because of his decision to establish a prayer ministry which resulted in some activities that went contrary to the rules of the Catholic Church.

He subsequently sought permission to take a leave and went to Kristo Buase Monastery in the Bono Region for 50 days to reflect on his live. Upon his return, Rev Canon Amankwah was counselled by Archbishop Palmer-Buckle before taking the decision to leave the Catholic church.

He will be celebrating 26 years in the ministry later this year.


Rev. Canon Amankwah got married to Ruth Amankwah, a teacher who came into the union with three kids.

According to him, it was very difficult proposing to Ruth, so he had to let his father do it on his behalf.

“Proposal was difficult,” he said. “I couldn’t propose to my wife, it was my father who proposed to Ruth for me.”

He said he had wanted to marry someone who knew his story as a catholic priest. Rev Canon Amankwah has been married for the past nine years.


“My first night as a married man was not easy,” the religious leader recalled. “I just couldn’t imagine going naked before my wife. I had to pray to muster courage to have canal knowledge of my wife. And since then, anytime we’re going to have an affair, I pray before the act.”

He said there was no sexual intimacy between him and Ruth prior to their union.


Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra


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