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The holy books affirm that, God does not listen to grumblings especially from a people so oppressed and dehumanised by their oppressors or “task masters” like Nigerians.
God knows and sees all that they are going or passing through but choose to watch their reactions to hardship before stepping in. Will He ever step in? Sure He will….but condition that you request His help and allow Him full control of your battle. Sadly and ironically, rather than take their case(s) to God in prayers, they complain, question everything, gossip and even grumble. They even take the “fight” into their hands….by carnally using clubs, arrows, bows and guns. By so doing they bring more sins upon themselves.
They do this because they think God’s judgement is very slow…..They are impatient and decide to be lazy in prayers. They seek quick fixes. The thoughts of quick fixes and the attempt to even fix attract God’s anger…as He quietly departs from them spiritually thus, giving room for the oppressors to continue their harrassments and torture.
What we forget is when we pray, we are telling God what the Psalmist declared in Psalm 24 vs 1-2. When we pray we surrender all unto God. When we pray we gather the angels, elders, saints and host of heaven to prepare for our battle. When we pray the mercy and grace of victory showers…When we pray, we gradually and unconsciously destroy the stronghold and camps of the oppressors….and when we pray we fortify ourselves with the armours of God.
Rather than grumble in our nature as humans but most especially as Nigerians, why don’t we go on our knees to cry aloud daily like the blind Bathemus unto God and against the oppressors. Yes, you may ask this writer, are you suggesting that we dont pray in Nigeria? Are we not the most prayerful country and people on earth?
Yes, we may appear so but the question is, are we praying or grumbling to God? Yes, most of us term or call grumbling prayers? They are not the same. In fact they are different. Prayer is surrendering to God by way of appealing and requesting while grumbling is complaining. God hates complains because He has given us remedies and pure solutions to our problems….which require prayers and patience The holy books say we must pray from season to season. This implies that we must pray endlessly and even after our victories we must continue praying…. for there is no time frame nor expiration date or time for prayer.
Nigerians should deal with the oppressors of this nation who are here living among them daily and inflicting hardship on them. The only way to deal with these increasing oppressors is through fervent prayers. Look around and you will find countless of the past and some present oppressors who prayers have dealt with.
Nigerians must remember that for all they have passed through yet they remain strong are the handiwork of God and any planned or concerted effort from anyone or leader. Those who tried the human force or physical powers to grab their demands past and present have been made to look like criminals by the oppressors. This is a pointer that God is watching and waiting for us. Remember, when He called Moses, He said to him, I have heard the cries of my people and I have come down to deliver them from bondage…
Sure Nigeria and Nigerians are living in bondage. Bondage of hunger, starvation, joblessness, insecurity, sickness and inability to seek medical help…They know their oppressors just like Isrealites knew the Egyptians. But the situation of Isrealites was far better than ours. They were in a foreign land. Ours is pathetic. We are in bondage at home. We are holding ourselves in bondage. We are our captors.
This means that it is easier for us than Isrealites against Egyptians to get our freedom by dealing with the oppressors fiercely….but through continuous prayers….not grumblings!