The birth of a new nation – Part 1
We are living in exciting times when we are beginning to see silver linings in our nation. For decades, there had been a cry of distress in the nation. It has been the cry for change, the cry for justice, the cry for righteousness and the cry for revival. Could the #EndSARS protests, driven by youths across the nation, which started on October 8, be the trigger for the answer to the battle cry for change in the land? For those of us, who have borne the burden of praying for this nation for over four decades, and many others, both within the country and in the diaspora, who have joined the army of Intercessors, it is exciting to know that God is beginning to answer our prayers for change in our lifetime.
Of interest to us in this column is the wave of spontaneous prayers that accompanied the protest. While some youths carried placards and chanted songs for change, others held prophetic walks and prayed alongside. What we saw was like a Nehemiah kind of prophetic action that combined prayer and social action. No doubt, the Spirit of the Lord came upon the youths, the elders, and upon many Church leaders, at the same time, to forge a sense of unity in demanding for change.
I do not doubt that momentum for change has been unleashed by the youths of the nation. Our prayer is that the momentum, devoid of any forms of violence and destruction, would be irreversible, but move on inexorably to the birth of a new nation. Like Isaiah prophesied, “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labour, She gave birth to her children. Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb? ” says your God” (Isaiah 66:8-9 NKJV). Truly, the birth pangs for a new nation has begun.
To sustain the momentum that has been unleashed, we must persevere in prayers until the Lord accomplishes what He has started. Again, like Isaiah said, “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7 NKJV). God’s watchmen must not relent but remain fervent in intercession.
The question is how do we sustain the prayer momentum? We must avoid triumphalist posturing in our prayers. Triumphalism in prayers is a subtle admission that we are in control of what God has started. We must get it clear, what is happening is God in action, and not man. Of course, God will always use men for His work, but we must not try to steal the glory that belongs to God. Like Saint Augustine wrote, “Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not.” God and man would always work in tandem in nation-building. Solomon’s advice is the sure way to pray at this time. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV). Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org