PRAYER FOR CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA
Are you a Christian in Nigeria or a Christian elsewhere following the persecution of Christians in the country, their wholesale slaughter in the North with little or no government intervention and the enlargement of the killing zones to incorporate the South through the activities of herdsmen bandit/kidnappers and terrorists?
If yes, join me to pray this urgent prayer on our behalf.
(The references at the end are for context for those unfamiliar with the situation. A Google search will reveal more.)
Let us pray.
Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus, I bring before You Christians in every part of Nigeria for Your protection, particularly in the South now in view of recent events and reports. You have seen the infiltration of our communities by marauding Fulani herdsmen and terrorists disguised as artisans, hawkers and motorcycle/tricycle riders. You saw the establishment of Fulani radio at government expense to help them co-ordinate their activities to inflict maximum destruction simultaneously on the unsuspecting citizens of different religious and ethnic stock. You have heard that they want to unleash unprecedented terror on Southern Nigeria soon.
I recall in Your word when an influential royal counsellor, Haman and his friends, plotted to wipe out Your people in the Persian empire. This was during the kingship of Xerses. The day had been set and the orders had been given for genocide to be visited on the Jews. But unknown to the hatchers of this plot, You had placed Esther, a Jew, as queen to Xerxes and her cousin, Mordecai, at the palace gate to be privy to intelligence about the heinous scheme. And before the evil day dawned, oh Lord, You turned the tide on Haman and his cabal and brought their wicked plans down on their own heads.
Even so now I pray You, oh Lord, to frustrate all the devices of the wicked. May they be consumed by their own conspiracies. May they alone be burnt by every fire they set, be blown to pieces by every bomb they detonate but may Your people be safe, Lord.
Visit Your wrath upon the wicked, Lord. Ambush and bring judgment on those who have refused to repent and continue to foment evil against the innocent. End this siege upon Nigeria where Your people are being slaughtered like sheep, dispossessed of their homes and properties and impoverished with no penalties imposed on the culprits.
Arise in Your might, oh God, for Your enemies are mocking You. They claim You are not God, they taunt Your people thinking You are unable to defend them. Arise, Lord, and show Your might. Bring these murderers to justice, Lord, as only You can. Show them that only You are God and the Lord of the whole earth and that those who put their trust in You will not be put to shame. Show them, Father, that You are indeed a refuge and a stronghold for those who have given their lives to You.
Above all, Lord, use the events of the past few years in Nigeria and the steadfastness of Your people in the face of genocide to bring glory to Your name and win souls for Your kingdom. Whereas the enemy has been fighting to stamp out Christianity in Nigeria, let it now become entrenched and the default faith of the citizens and not just nominally but authentically and fervently so.
This we pray in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus. Amen.
The Bilbical Book of Esther