By Omotunde Idowu
There has always been a parlance used by people, the Yoruba when they want to encourage others to pray even when such a person is passing through difficulties. The saying goes thus: ‘agbaku l’adura’. This word in my dialect, Yoruba, literarily means, one will pray until one dies or rather, you can’t stop praying unless you are dead. As for me, I querried such a statement until I hear a similar saying, which was however said in a very palatable and acceptable way that will forever be soothing to the ear. The statements however go thus ‘pray until something happens.’
As much as I fault this Yoruba statement is as much as I would like to buttress it that we need to pray till the end of ages. Yes, if something happens which we are admonished to pray until it does, do not give license for one to stop prayers or rather, put a stop to praying.
This is very evidenced from the Holy Bible in the book of 1Thessalonians 5: 16-18, which makes us understand that we should pray without ceasing irrespective of answers being answered, fulfilled or not. We are to pray our way into victory, success, greatness, peace, fulfillment and continue by praying for our nation to glory, our children to success, to fruitfulness, etc. This indicates that prayers are not supposed to be when we are in distress alone but must be part of our life every day, till the end of ages. Prayers must be passed from one generation to another so that our children would know the power of prayers and be able to rely on prayers alone.
When the situation feels like quitting, prayers are very key to sustaining one and keeping one afloat of all tribulations, persecution, mockery, needs or wants, distress, and whatever situation.
In fact, all that sleeps when they are to pray will surely come back to prayers when they wouldn’t be able to come out of their sorrows.
If a nation rejects God by refusing to pray, such a nation will find itself to blame and by and large, come back on her knees to pray to God.
You cannot cease praying and not find yourself to blame for the Holy Bible creates an awareness to this assertion in the book of I Peter 5:3 saying “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
On this note, I would like to list efficacy of prayers and plead on us all to endeavor to create prayer time daily and give testimonies which I will endeavor to publish on this column.
1. When you pray, God listens;
2. When you pray doors open;
3. When you pray, relationships get restored;
4. When you pray, sickness gets healed;
5. When you pray, hopes get rekindled;
6. When you pray, shield of protection is erected around you;
7. When you pray, your heart will be at peace;
8. When you pray, strength is renewed;
9. When you pray, faith in Christ Jesus is renewed and strengthened;
10. When you pray, victory is assured
11. When you pray, you are more than a conqueror;
12. When you pray, your enemy will be made powerless;
13. When you pray, you will be God’s child, and He will never let His children down;
14. When you pray, your ways will be guided;
15. When you pray, heaven of testimonies will open for you because God confirms it when He said in His word….
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev. 21: 4.
This above quote is only possible to those that take prayers as their only tool to connecting with God. This is so because there is no shortcut to linking with God other than prayers.
Where will you be when the trumpet shall sound?
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