In about 6 days from today, political gladiators would start the contest to seize the political power over Nigeria. These are trying times for the country where the country is brought to the crucible that may determine the structure and the future of the most populous black African country for the nearest forseable future. There’s something about power that would make these gladiators to do practically anything to seize or hold on to this power. Power is the ability to coerce influence or control. There are various forms of power especially as it relates to man in a society. They include:
- Financial power
- Political power
- Spiritual power
- Emotional power
- Intellectual power
To the ordinary man, the greatest of these power is the political power. He that has the political power controls or determines the behaviour of every other ordinary man. That is the reason why those that taste the power never want to let go, while those who understand the advantage of political power wish to take hold of it at all cost. In fact they can sacrifice every other form of power (financial, intellectual, emotional etc) for it.
The Greater Form of Power
However there is a greater form of power. It is the spiritual power. With it we can control anything. We can influence the possessors of very other form of power. We can even cause changes in the political sphere. A beautiful example is the story of Esther (Esther 3-7). Harman had political and financial power. With it He was determined to crush the Jews in Shushan. He got the king to make and seal the order and the date of execution was fixed. But Esther and the other Jews engaged the Spiritual power and with it, they influenced the heart of the king to their favour. That way, Herman’s plans failed and the evil he had plotted against the Jews ricochetted on himself and his household.
Very recently, we experienced a similar situation in Nigeria. Some people rose up against the churches and tried to use political power to destabilize it by ordering the change of the tenure of General Overseers. The church in Nigeria rose up in unism for the first time. Within 24 hours everything turned around and the plan was frustrated in a very grand style.
Beloved, this election period is a period of the negotiation for power. It is the crucible that will shappen the structure of the nation for at least the nearest forseable future of same. The wielders of political power are set to restructure the nation after their selfish desires. The church cannot sit down and watch. This is the time for us to come together and bring our power to bear. We can determine the move of power. We can restructure the nation and cause the will of God to be done here on earth as it is done in heaven. Yes the weapon of our warfare are not canal, they are mighty through God (2Cor 10:4)
Call to Prayer
I now call upon the church (irrespective of creed and denomination) to arise and weild our weapons. Brethren “the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man availaleth much” (James 5:16). It makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working. We can change just anything beloved. We can reshape the country especially in a time like this.
Men and brethren, fathers and mothers, my friends: I do not call for prayer so a particular candidate can win this election. The destiny of Nigeria is not in the hands of any particular candidate. The destiny of Nigeria depends on whether the word of God mightily grows and prevail to the point of establishing righteousness in the land. It is righteousness exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34). Only the gospel of our Lord Jesus can usher in righteousness. If we would pray, the word of God would so mightily grow and prevail in Nigeria as it did in the city of Ephesus. God would reorganize the structure of Nigerian leadership and deliver us from the hands of the evil cabal that are ruling Nigeria by proxy. He’d ensure that His people, men that would do His will and favour His gospel and His righteous cause, are elected into the place of power. They don’t necessarily have to be Christians. But they’d be men whose heart God has sufficiently prepared to do His will.
When Daniel prayed this type of prayer, he facilitated the deliverance of Israel from Babylonian captivity. We’re not helpless brethren, we can do and achieve a lot more than we have thought. It is on this basis that I call you unto prayer. Sure, by all means, exercise your civic right. Go cast your vote on Saturday. But till then, let us determine the destiny of Nigeria on our knees. At this point, I want to invite you to join us on our social media handle to pray for the destiny of Nigeria. Prayers shall be posted 6:00am from Monday through Saturday.
Theme: Prayer for Nigeria
Date: Monday 11th Feb. 2019 – Saturday 16 Feb. 2019
Duration: 5 minutes (or more) daily
Time: any time of your choice
All you need to do is to join us on our social media handles. Locate the prayers for each day and pray at your convenience.
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