Cease Not

IS IT NECESSARY TO PRAY FOR KENYA!?

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I hear someone ask, “who cares!?” Very well, then. Are you at peace? We are required to pray in decision making, the same way we pray for a meal, journey or for the sick and everything else. I am strongly led to share this long post on prayer at this time, specifically with my fellow Kenyans. God loves our nation so much. We only have to look back and appreciate as much. Bible says obedience is better than sacrifice. The spirit of GREED has enveloped the nation like an octopus. It is far entrenched everywhere and it could destroy our nationhood with its tentacles and ripple effect for generations. All the drama we continue witnessing even including in our legislative assemblies revolves purely around GREED! Even those asking us to vote them in 2022 are still foundations, part and parcel of the dangerous cartels as roots, branches or dead bark waiting to regenerate. GREED is not just confined to the few leaders and their cronies. It is the reflection of our entire nation in characters and attitudes. There’s no denying it that corruption is now a national fabric we wear and display without shame. To some it has even become a trophy.

How do we explain before God, hundreds of families going without a meal or living in squalor and inhuman conditions, just so some people can prop up their bank accounts as they put up mega skycraping buildings?

Prayer is not any particular persons or groups responsibility. Consequences of greed do not segregate. WE NEED TO PRAY THIS DEMON OUT OF OUR LAND. LET EACH WO/MAN GO TO THEIR CLOSETS! From the onset, let me own up to the fact that I am not an expert in prayer, yet still, I stand to witness to someone that my basic, scanty prayers get answered nonetheless. Of course not all of them. When I arrived in this world I found people already praying. Infact, to the parents and home I was born, I dont recall any day we didn’t pray. After all, it was a pastors home. Throughout my life, I have been prayed for by diverse persons, as many times as I have also prayed with/for others. But there are many instances where I didn’t pray, forgot to pray or neglected to pray – before making important decisions, and lived with the consequences. That is not to say God punished me. No! Neither does imply He didn’t hear because I didn’t say my prayers expertly.

According to the NIV Exhaustive Concordance, the word pray is used 121 times, not including the various conjugations of the verb. After pray, prayed appears 68 times, prayer 106 times, prayers 32 times, praying 36 times and prays 12 times, all together a total of 375 times. Throughout the Bible, we read inumerable examples of characters engaging in all manner of prayers, petitions and incantations, before important decisions could be made. Kings sought God through prayer whether to proceed to war with their enemies or not. Daniel had a custom of praying 3 times a day (Daniel 6:10-12) in the midst of an unpopular decree. Occultists, Satanists, Spiritualists, Witches too, “consult” their deities or mediums through prayers and incantations. Jesus took prayer very seriously and made important decisions based on them. In Luke 18:1 he urges all to “always pray without giving up … or pray without fainting” The choosing of his disciples was informed through prayer (Mark 6:30; Luke 6:12); before taking a stand on issues (Luke 9:18) and his teaching on prayer (Matthew 6:5-13; Mark 11:25; Luke 11:1-4). He did also pray in the face of temptations and inevitable situations (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46) and even to the point of death (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:33; Luke 24:46). According to the Bible, the longest recorded prayer is in John 17:1-26 in which Jesus prayed for the disciples (verses 6-19) and for future believers (verses 20-26). We know what Paul says about praying for those in power (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

Courtesy
Courtesy

God invites people of all sorts to draw close to him in prayer. (Psalm 65:2) Yet, He does not listen to, or accept, all prayers. For example, the prayers of a man who mistreats his wife can be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7) Also, when the Israelites persisted in sin, God refused to hear their prayers. Clearly, prayer is a privilege. Nevertheless, God will accept the prayers of even gross sinners if they repent. (Isaiah 1:15; 55:7). Prayer is part of our worship, so we should pray only to God (Psalms 83:18; Matthew 4:10; 6:9) Also, since we are imperfect, we should pray in the name of Jesus because He died for our sins (John 14:6). God wants us to pray from our heart, in the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 6:7; Philippians 4:6-7). After all, God already knows and hears even silent prayers (1 Samuel 1:12-13). He invites us to pray on EVERY occasion, such as at the beginning and the end of the day, at mealtimes, and when we face problems (Psalm 55:22; Matthew 15:36).

Courtesy

Drawing close to God is not easy because we live among people who lack faith in God and ridicule His promise of peace on earth. (2 Timothy 3:1, 4; 2 Peter 3:3, 13). So we need the encouraging association of fellow believers, and they need us (Hebrews 10:24-25). Associating with people who love God helps us to draw close to God. Corporate prayers benefit from fellowship with like-minded believers’ faith and testimonies (Romans 1:11-12). We can draw close to God by meditating on what we have learned from His Word and contemplate on His activities, counsel and promises. Prayerful meditation builds appreciation in our heart for God’s love and wisdom (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3) and we come close to God only if we trust and have faith in Him. Faith is like a living thing that needs feeding. Hence, we must constantly feed our faith by reviewing the basis for our beliefs, prayerfully (Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 11:1,6). God cares for those who love Him (Psalms 33 and 91; Romans 8:28) and teaches us the best way of life (Psalm 73:27-28).

4You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit

James 4:4-8 NIV,

We have no excuse by saying there’s nothing we can do. YES, there’s something we can do! We have legality on earth as in heaven. We can petition the heaven’s on behalf of our nation, “standing” on our knees, THROUGH PRAYER! PRAY IN FAITH, WITH THE AUTHORITY OF A BELIEVER!

SHALOM!

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