Nigeria Prays will on Sunday August 22 hold a prayer rally in Lagos.
The National Director of the prayer group Rev. Moses Aransiola who is also the General Overseer of Gethsemane Ministries is expected at the rally which will hold at the Good Shepherd Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God on 232/234 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba between 3pm and 5.30pm.
The one-day prayer rally according to him is with the theme, The Heaven Do Rule. “I am optimistic as we cry to God again, God in His mercy will look down upon us a nation and hear our cry.”
The Deputy Coordinator of the Lagos State chapter of the group which was established by General Yakubu Gowon, Pastor Raphael Afolabi while announcing the rally emphasised the necessity of Christians coming together to pray for the country.
Quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14, he said God is waiting for His people called by His name to pray for their land.t
The Lagos State Coordinator of the group Rev Toyin Kehinde said the prayer rally is being put together by the National body of the organisation only that it is hosted by Lagos. Leaders from all across the federation are expected at the rally he further mentioned.
The South West Zonal Coordinator, Evang Jones Adenmolu will be leading delegates from all the states in the South West to the rally.
Responding to questions on why the body holds public prayer rallies at a recent press conference, Pastor Afolabi said, “It is true the Bible encourages us to pray in our closet. And I can tell you that many Christians are crying to God day and night in their closet for Nigeria.
“But the public prayer rally is a symbolic demonstration of our call to God. There are Bible examples of how Children of God cried publicly to God. And that does not mean they were being pharisaical. It is the motive that is important when we do such prayers”.
Afolabi said those who have misgivings about calling for prayers must also realise that public prayers are prayers that are about official matters in most cases.
“We are talking about the collective burden of a nation. We are talking about inviting God to intervene in Nigeria. So, we need to bring such prayers to the public place so that people can be encouraged to continue to pray for Nigeria. When we call for prayers we are creating awareness among believers to consciously pray for their country.
The Nigeria Prays official said though many Christians pray for Nigeria regularly, there are those who don’t have proper orientation on the need to pray concerning their country. “Many people pray selfish prayers. But when we gather publicly to pray as we want to do on August 22, we are sending a message to believers to cultivate the culture of praying for their country.”