Most Christians in Nigeria have become so comfortable and unperturbed, we have left our responsibilities to go after material things, and we feel unconcerned for each other. Rather than focus on our ministry which is to reconcile men to God, we become fault finders and wealth seekers. Don’t get me wrong, we need wealth to make ends meet and expand the kingdom of God on earth, (Zechariah 1:17). At the same time we need to preach the gospel of Christ and let everyone one who calls him/her self a Christian be equipped as a true soldier of Christ, who will be able to stand for Christ and the challenges that come from being a Christian. As a matter of fact we cannot effectively function for God here on earth without money. But that doesn’t mean we should leave our primary assignment to focus on making money. Some preachers have turned the house of God to money making machine; they have left what they should preach to focus on building and amassing wealth for themselves. There are also people who were privileged to be born into Christian homes but rather than utilize that privilege they have to serve God and expand the kingdom of God they resorted to selling their soul for money by becoming children of the bond woman just as Esau sold his birth-right for a morsel of meal, (Genesis 25:33 and Hebrews 12:16). But they forget that the things we see are temporary and that what is more important is the life beyond this world.
We discriminate amongst ourselves; we already know who is going to heaven and who is not. Rather than preach Christ we preach denomination.
How can we easily forget that there is no denomination before God? Did we even see or read anywhere in the scripture about denomination? The early Church would always join their faith and pray together for God’s intervention in their situation but today, the reverse is the case. We cannot even pray for the church in Nigeria for a minute. We can shout at the top of our voices when we are asked to pray against the enemy of our progress but when it comes to praying for the church or the country, our voices seize all of a sudden.
Christians in Nigeria behave like the old Turkish Christians, who were interested in building cathedrals and raising people who don’t know the word of God. People who seek miracles, but are not interested in having a cordial and intimate relationship with the God of the miracles. It’s so sad to know that we have left the most important things to follow after shadows. Sponsored
Here is a clarion call for all Christians to wake up to pray and ask for God’s mercy in this country Nigeria. Let’s see what the early church did when they were faced with challenge, “ And when they heard that, they lifted up their voices to God with one accord and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness”- Acts 4:24,31.
The early church after this prayer saw God’s manifestation and the church increased daily; the Jewish leaders, the scribes, Sadducees and Pharisees could do nothing about it.
Another troubling situation arose in Jerusalem, let’s see what happened.
“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.” Acts 12:1-7
When Herod arrested James and killed him, the church was silent and God was watching. Herod went ahead to arrest Peter, the leader of the church. He intended killing Peter after Easter but once again the church woke up from their slumber to pray and their prayer brought God into their situation once again and Peter was miraculously delivered. Now, that is what corporate prayers can do.
We have a difficult situation before us in Nigeria and it is only God’s intervention that can change it, so let’s answer the clarion call and do the needful.
Why and How Should We Pray?
19 “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
From the scripture above, it is clear that Jesus is the head of all principality and power and God has put all things under his feet. Since He is the head and we are His body and we have all things under our feet, we have to stand and take authority to silence every other power that rises against us the church.