FOUNDER of Nigeria Prays and former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and the National Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Pastor Wale Adefarasin have implored Christians all over the country to imbibe the culture of praying for Nigeria as that is the only way the nation could be rescued from the menace it has found itself. The duo made the appeal at a forum put together to host partners of Nigeria Prays ahead of the Lagos Prayer Rally.
Speaking at the event, Pastor Adefarasin noted that the presence of ritual spots all over the country could not be divorced from the problem of the country.Â â€œAll over the country there are ritual spots and all forms of ritual practices. The problem of Nigeria is linked to these ritual practices. Until we repent and do away with idolatry and ritual killings we may still find ourselves enmeshed in economic doldrum.
â€œWe cannot say the killing of human beings and burying of live cows for ritual purposes donâ€™t have effect on us as a nation. They do have and I want to employ Nigerians especially Christians to make it a duty to continue to pray for this nation,â€ he said.
While dwelling on the prayer model of Jesus Christ, Adefarasin said the Lordâ€™s prayer is the most authentic form of prayer anybody can pray noting that the verse which stressed the coming of Godâ€™s kingdom is very profound.
â€œIn the Lordâ€™s prayer, Jesus asked us to pray for the coming of his kingdom. To me that is a very strong prayer point because when the kingdom of Jesus prevails on earth all other things will follow.â€ He then called upon Christians never to relent in praying because according to him, â€œthe heavens respond to the highest bidder. The people in the world of darkness have a way of getting things done. The only way we know how to get things done is to cry to God to intervene in our situation.â€
Also speaking at the ceremony which held at the headquarters of Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ebute Metta, Lagos, General Gowon stated that the burden to pray for Nigeria was a product of the agitation of some Nigerians in the diaspora. He said since Nigeria Prays embarked on the project of interceding for Nigeria, positive things have been happening.â€
At the prayer rally which held last Sunday also at the RCCG, Gowon called on Christians to create prayer altars all over the country where prayers will be offeredÂ for the salvation of the country. He reasoned that when believers pray God will work.
The rally which lasted for about four hours attracted Christians from all over the country including the General Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev. Wilson Badejo the Chairman of National Prayer Movement, Professor Tunde Cole Onitiri and Bishop George Amu. Government functionaries and stakeholders in top executives and church leaders were also present at the rally.