|Come in and Hide Thyself…|
|A few days ago, we came to the end of 21 days of fasting and praying and repenting on behalf of Nigeria. While we thank God for everyone’s privilege to fast and pray for the nation during “Project 21,” may it be said again that one battle does not always mean the end of the war. A popular Christian hymn well admonishes, “Christian, seek not yet repose/ Ambushed lurks the evil one.”|
The Redeemed Christian Church of God has declared a fast through the month of June. That church would usually do such marathon fasts at the beginning of the year. What kairos sounds has their respected Overseer, Pastor E.A. Adegboye, heard from Above to declare that fast now? Throneroom (Trust) Ministry of Prophet Emmanuel Kure had earlier made a similar call. At the end of that prophet’s monthly prayer project in May in the Federal capital city of Abuja, I received the following SMS: “June is critical. Thirty days fast declared with the theme: ‘Thy will be done as it is in Heaven.’ The Government will come heavy, but God is saying He is in charge of Nigeria… Month of shifting from the wrong place to the right one…” Another kairos sound in this chronos season of a third year.
A modest voice to the nation that I will simply describe as Pastor B (with due respect to his preference for self-effacement), said the same thing about the month of June as we shared prayers a few days ago. “If we miss June, the Church in Nigeria might have to wait till 2013,” he warned. Bad news. An intercessor from one of the respected prayer ministries sent me the following message this morning: “Today is 29th May, Democracy Day and Workers Day. It is also full moon day when diviners and enchanters build and renew altars.” She felt that the “coincidence” of full moon with ‘Democracy Day’ could not be ignored, and she promptly took a fast. She wanted to know what I thought. I told her she was on target; that a few of us were already on a spontaneous fast for three days beginning from today the 29th, till the end of the month, and some others looking further into June. Today also, Rev Dr Moses Aransiola of Gethsemane Prayer Ministry in Ibadan is gathering national intercessory stakeholders on a similar mission. A weekend ago, another event had been concluded in Abuja at the instance of The Messenger Ministry of Barr Prophet Isaac Ezeh, with some leaders of the intercessory concern in Nigeria who, I judge, would rather prefer to be anonymous here. I know another group of praying, weeping women whose leaders are shut in for a weeklong retreat, beginning from yesterday. That’s how much my list reads for now. What kairos trumpets have they all heard, to be summoning unto prayers now?
A Moment of Travail
On the day we were ending Project 21, a sister-intercessor was on a prophetic mission on a flight to the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, to make declarations over the nation from the air. In that process, she had the vision of a woman in travail. She wrote to say that she thought it meant that Nigeria had come to the point of birthing, and needed strength to bring forth (2 Kings 19:3), which confirms something I have been saying about this season: Nigeria is a woman at the point of delivery. Any of several things could happen to a woman in travail: she could die in labour with the child, she could survive but lose the child to the Red Dragon, she could die after successfully giving birth to the child, or both mother and son could survive the birthing (Revelation 12:1-17). We are entering that season of which God spoke, that division will strike the House of the wicked and their Project shall be dead (Judges 9:1-57). When Daniel knew the season that he had entered into in relation to the destiny of his nation in Babylonian captivity, he began to pray in line with that ancient prophecy of Jeremiah. That prayer faced great oppositions from the satanic powers that oversaw the sorceries of the Chaldeans and astrologers that held down the land (Daniel 9). We cannot afford less. Like King Jehoshaphat, confronted by the proud and ferocious confederacy of Moab, Ammon, and Edom, with numberless imported Ammonites besides, we turn to the Lord and plead, “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee” (2 Chronicles 20:12). We await His answer to this prayer.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another (2 Chronicles 20:23).
The sword has begun to pass through the land, starting from the Church. Whenever God starts to smite from the sanctuary, He is about to enter into the rest of city in fury. May our garments be white and our foreheads marked with ink from the one “clothed with linen” among “them that have charge over the city,” as they patrol the season. Amen (Ezekiel 9:1-6; 1 Peter 4:17).
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