PRELATE ofÂ Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday Ola Makinde has charged Nigerian Christians to be more resolute and prayerful as whatever they demand from God is what they will get in return.
Makinde gave this admonition at the inauguration of the Diocese of Lagos Central and the enthronement of the Rt Rev Jacob Oluwatoyin Adeyemi as bishop of diocese and the presentation of Bro. Emmanuel Afolabi Akintan as the diocesan Lay President, took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Cathedral Church, Ebute Metta last Sunday, noting that there is power in positive thinking, “therefore Nigerians should always think positively as this is the only attitude that can re-shape life of every individual.”
The prelate said Christians should henceforth confess positively because “the God we are serving is a possibility God.”
Speaking on the significance of resolution and faith, Makinde hinted that it is only through faith that a man’s prayer can be answered, citing the case of Abraham and Sarah in the Bible that despite their age, they were resolute and still held on to God in the face of trial.
In his words: â€œFaith is essential in getting one’s prayer answered and there are various examples of people in the Bible who were tested but still remained resolute in their faith in the ability of God. Abraham and Sarah did not curse God even in the face of adversity but there are people who often curse themselves by what they declare with their mouths, and unknowingly to them, such declarations have a negative implication on their lives.”
Christians must know that our God is a God of possibilities and “we must always challenge God by being positive and resolute when we make our demands before Him. People might mock you when you are positive and resolute in your demands, but the same set of people will come back to rejoice with you when God begins to reward you.â€
Looking inwards, Methodist ministers were all advised by the prelate to redirect their focus on evangelism and discipleship at this period, while calling for a change of heart on the part of the congregation and the ministers in general, especially as the MCN is striving to reposition itself to be one of the largest and most spiritually vibrant church in the country.
The newly appointed central bishop and the lay president, Rt. Rev. Jacob Oluwatoyin Adeyemi and the Brother Emmanuel Afolabi Akintan were urged to remain steadfast in their service towards humanity and be ready to face challenges from opposition.