END-OF-THE-YEAR PRAYER: May our troubles perish like Pharoah’s army

This is the last week for all of this year’s outstanding troubles and wahala to pack their bags and leave our lives. I remember a rhyme we often recited as children: “I’m going to sweep the dirt away, Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh!” So by our prayers, we lift our brooms in the spirit and sweep away the dirt of sin, sickness, lack and whatever the enemy has particularly used to challenge us this year. “Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh,” they go in Jesus’ name.

When the children of Israel left Egypt under the leadership of Moses, Pharoah, whom the Israelites had served his people for over 400 years was bent on hauling them back into bondage. He marshalled 600 of the best of Egypt’s chariots to pursue and seize the Israelites before they crossed the Red Sea into Canaan (Exodus 14:5-8).

The Israelites were terrified as they saw the galloping troops coming after them while freedom was just a breath away. They cried out to the Lord who separated the Egyptians from them with the pillar of cloud. Then the Lord miraculously opened the sea so that the Israelites could speedily cross on dry ground (Exodus 14:10-22).

When Israel had crossed, the barrier between the two nations was lifted and the Egyptian forces gleefully rode into the sea to capture the Israelites. God began his demolition of the enemy army by dismantling the wheels of their chariots so that they were stuck in the sea bed. Then He brought back the waters to drown the Egyptians (Exodus 14:23-28).

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My prayer for us is that in this last week of what has been a terrible year for many, God will enact a similar dramatic deliverance for us- that He will make a way of escape for us from the powers and problems holding us captive and should they persist in hounding us, He will exterminate them from our lives and circumstances by His awesome power, just like He did Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea.

As we pray and disconnect ourselves from the disappointments, frustrations and weights of this year, causing them to go, “Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh,” out of our lives,
may the Lord lift up His banner against them, barring them forever from our lives in Jesus’ name.

And may the new year herald for us a new beginning, a fresh start with God in worship and faithfulness, in victory, vitality and valour in Jesus’ name.

PS: Does this mean we’ll never have trouble again? Not necessarily. As long as we’re on this side of heaven, our flaws, the imperfections in our fallen world and the enemy’s machinations will bring challenges our way from time to time. But we should not be unduly worried about that possibility because God offers us continual deliverance in His word. Apostle Paul testified about this when he said that God is the one “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” -2 Corinthians 1:10. (KJV)

My brother, my sister, God who delivered us in the past is delivering us now and if we ever need deliverance in the future, He will be there to help us until He wants us to come home to Him. What a confidence that brings to my heart! Hope it strengthens you to forge ahead too. In this uncertain world, we have an anchor for our souls in the Lord, our Maker, the immovable Rock whose word is immutable. As we are reminded in Hebrews 6, “We have … an anchor for the soul, firm and secure,” so that, “we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.” (NIV)

Glory to God!

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.


  • Awforkansi Kamsi

    I really pray that the new year brings joy, fulfillment into my life and that of many. This year has been a whole lot and I really hope the new year washes away the troubles of this one.
    Happy new year in advance.🎊

  • Abah Okpe Gabriel

    Amen and amen oo, I also pray tbat as we go into 2021 may all our lives and plans for the years ahead revolve around God, may he direct our ways and guides us in all we do ijn Amen. Thank you ma, Happy new year in Addy

  • Ezike Winifred udochukwu

    A big amen to ur prayers ma…2020 has been tough but God saw us through..I pray we all get into 2021 without loosing any of our loved ones amen…. merry Christmas and a happy new year in advance ma❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Greg Anayo

    May God bless you for this wonderful piece

  • Amaugo, Stephanie Chidinma

    I say a resounding Amen to this powerful prayer. Jesus remains our anchor for our souls. Though the storms may come and the winds may blow, we will remain steadfast. Thank you so much Ma for this. Compliments of the season!

  • Ifunanya Obiaga

    I just came across this post on your blog,may our prayers be heard and answered. “the imperfections in our fallen world and the enemy’s machinations will bring challenges our way from time to time” To be honest 2020 was a lot and we all wish this year will be better but it doesn’t even seem like it will be.
    Fingers crossed! I look forward to better days and a better year ahead.

  • Ugwoke Jennifer Chinecherem

    A big Amen to your prayers.2020 was really something else but I pray that God answers our prayers this year .Amen. Happy new year Ma.

  • Ossai Chidimma Linda

    I just saw this post but I believe my amen was the loudest. 2021- not business as usual. Bye bye to problems, welcome God’s blessings. Happy New Year, Ma! Can’t wait to see you again. Remain blessed!

  • Ejiofor Emmanuel

    I say a big Amen! to these prophetic declarations. May we see reasons to rejoice in the Lord this year.

    Happy New year Ma🎉

  • Obi Chisom Vanessa

    Seeing this post in the new year and being most grateful that I lived past 2020, despite all the hardships that came with it.
    Most people don’t understand the grace it is to live past the year, I always appreciate your kind words Aunty Edith, Happy new year 🎉

  • Aleke Juliet C.

    Amen! I believe that this year will be better off

  • Ezeh chimezie Amos

    Yes ooohhhh!, I so much believe God words for he made it clear that the Egyptians that we see today we shall see them no more, and in alignment with Gods word in Romans 8:31 “if God be with us, who can be against us? definitely Nobody, and if they try to go against our way forward they will be dismantled and washed away just like what transpired between the Israelites and the Egyptians.
    Always remember if God be with us who can be against us Nobody!!

  • Nwankwo Chinonyelum Gladys

    I’m sure when the Israelites were being oppressed by the Egyptians for years, they felt like God had forsaken them, but no! God never forgets his people. He is always there for us even when we feel like He’s not and gives us triumphant victory over all these challenges.

    • Chidebe uchechukwu cyprian

      I say a big Amen to that powerful prayer. This year 2021 Will be great and far better than the previous years. God will save and protect us from the hands of the wicked and finally lead us to the promised land where the land is full of milk and honey like he did for the israelites. Thank you so much, ma!

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