It is time to pray again
Brethren, having seen the impact of our collective prayers in the country so far, viz-a-viz the hope of the new dawn, we should intensify our prayers, because the situation still demands a more fervent and passionate prayer. We should not faint or murmur, if the desired result has not been realised; rather we are to pray and give Him no rest, until He answers us.
God’s professing people must be a praying people. He is not displeased with us for being earnest, as men commonly are, because He bids us to cry after Him, and give Him no rest, when in distress, because that is a sign that God is coming to a people in mercy, when He pours out a spirit of prayer upon them. We must, therefore, delight in attending the courts of the Lord, that we may enjoy the consolations of His Spirit.
Since circumstances of events of the history of our country have brought stress to bear upon us, our only option now is to call, pray and supplicate to the Almighty God to intervene in our plight and grant our prayers. Our consolation is that our God is a prayer answering God and we totally rely on Him to give answer to our prayers.
Jer. 29:12-14 says, “12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”
When God designs mercy, He puts it into the hearts of His people to pray for the mercy designed. When such a spirit of prayer is poured out, the mercy that it evokes prevails against any judgment meted for it, thus answer is given to the prayer. The people of the Bible wonderfully prevailed on God in prayer and obtained answers of peace. No matter our condition, situation, bondage, etc, the same God that answered Moses and the apostles of old is still alive to answer our prayers in Jesus name.
As we pray, let us never forget that He is holy, and that He answers not sinners. John 9:31 says, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth”. We must pray in charity; without wrath, malice, anger or any form of sin. We must pray in faith, without doubting, and without disputing. If we can repent from sin and cry to God today, He will answer us.
1Tim. 2:8 says, “I will, therefore, that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”. Prayer is not to be confined to any one particular house of prayer, but men must pray everywhere. We must pray in our closets, our families, at our meals, pray when we are on journeys, and pray in the solemn assemblies, whether in public or private. Remember we must appear before God with holy hands devoid of any atom of wickedness and doubting. This is because heartiness and sincerity in seeking God indemnify a gracious answer.
James 5:15 says, “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him”. The Lord answers prayers made with true faith in Him. In the above, the Scripture shows the good effects of prayer. The Bible did not ascribe the sick man’s recovery to the oil, but to the prayer. The prayer of faith shall save the sick. Let’s, therefore, pray again for our great country, so that it shall be well with us. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore, I say unto you, whatsoever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”