“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” – Ezekiel 22:30
August 10th 2019
In recent times, several nations of the world have witnessed, and are still witnessing some kind of atrocities, violence, and upheavals, some of which have left very serious dents and cracks on all aspects of human existence. A clear example of these upheavals is the wanton killing of human beings during terrorists’ attacks and communal clashes. Closely related to this is the gruesome murder of citizens, priests, and pastors inclusive by new generation armed robbers called kidnappers. Kidnapping has become the order of the day as this new set of criminals now dominates our highways, especially along the West Africa Coast and within some notable countries like Nigeria. What is happening in these regions this day is quite distasteful and the greatest abuse of human dignity that I have heard of all my life. Also happening same time, are corruption in governance and deliberate plundering of state resources. The effects of this unwholesome situation are that human and material capital has continued to dwindle with only a very few percentages of the populace having access to basic necessities of life. Consequently, so many are disillusioned and feeling helpless in a world of strife and imbalance such as this. I do understand clearly that when Priests and Pastors are butchered like animals by criminals, the faith of an average Christian is grossly depleted. Today, I say to all of us, “do not be discouraged”! What should be the attitude of every Christian in these turbulent times? Every Christian must strive to restore harmony, peace and good governance in any country you find yourself, either as a resident or a citizen. This we can do by voting the right persons into office; prayers for the peace of our nation; accepting to lend our voices, no matter how lonely, against every social, moral and economic vice. We must also be bold to show perfect examples for others to follow. Only by these attitudes would we be able to restore harmony, balance, and productivity to a deprived State. The word of God tells us today to learn from Ezekiel 22:30 and become those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation with all it favors and faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst. The Saints must be neutral at all times, with a clear conscience to uphold the truth by holding our leaders accountable while praying for their wisdom and well-being same time. When our nation is healthy and prosperous, we are equally prospered and blessed in return. Remember, the peace and security that you need can only be found in a secured and peaceful environment. Do not let any day go by without praying fervently for the peace, security and the wellbeing of your country. Your prayer for your country will return to you! And you shall be well, secured and prosperous in return!
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray this day for the prosperity of my country (Mention). Father, arise and take total authority of the nation and let your sovereign power reign supreme. I draw strength from Proverbs 21:1, which says, “the king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will’. Therefore, I decree and I declare that our leaders are being guided by God and every structure is working perfectly. AMEN
FURTHER READING: I Timothy 2:1-2; Jeremiah 29:7