Urgent: Nigerian Christians are Asking for Your Prayers
Right now, the situation in Nigeria is incredibly tense and urgently needs your prayers. AT least 60 people are thought to have been killed yesterday in a car bomb attack in Kano City. Most of the victims are likely to have been from the predominantly Christian Igbo tribe, who are constantly targets of religion-related violence.
Victims Burned Beyond Recognition
The busy motor park in the Sabon Gari area was a prime target for a suicide bomber. Suspected to be a member of the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram, the attacker, reportedly rammed his car into a bus full of passengers as it was moving off. The victims were heading for southern Nigeria. The death toll is likely to increase since the explosion caused four other buses to catch fire. This vicious attack was clearly meant to stoke tribal divisions in Nigeria. Tensions are now rising in the south with reports of northerners either fleeing or taking refuge in military barracks. Lift up prayers for peace right now. Please pray:
· For comfort for the families of the victims.
· That reprisal attacks will not take place.
· For wisdom for the authorities in Nigeria as they handle this situation.
· For God to stop the devastating violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
The CSW Team
0845 456 5464
A Year of Sustained Transformational Prayer for Nigeria
During a regional session at the recently concluded World Prayer Assembly, which held at Jakarta, Indonesia, from the 14th to the 18th of May, 2012, at which Pastor E.A. Adeboye was one of the International speakers, the over 25 delegates from Nigeria, after an exhaustive discussion about the situation in our country, resolved to call the Church in Nigeria to a one year transformational prayer campaign commencing from 1st August, 2012 to 1 July 2013. This urgent call to prayer is necessitated by the myriad and intractable problems facing our nation, some of which are underlisted below:
1. The high rate of insecurity, especially the bombing of the Boko Haram sect and the attempt to destabilize the nation.
2. The looming prediction by the CIA and other western organisations that Nigeria would be a failed state by 2015.
3. The feverish pitch and inflammatory comments which the 2015 national elections is already generating and what it portends for our democratic system.
4. The ever-increasing rate of unemployment in the country without any solutions in sight.
5. The cancerous problem of corruption in our society, the hypocritical and cosmetic treatment which successive leadership give as panacea to the problem.
6. The fallen standards of education and mass failure during WAEC and NECO exams by our students.
7. The total neglect and marginalization of the less privileged, the poor and those with physical challenges in our society.
8. The absence of any assuring engagement and rehabilitating plans for our youths and children.
9. Inter-ethnic and inter-religious religious conflicts in Jos, Ebonyi and Adamawa states.
10. Political thuggery, arson and assassination of opponents.
11. Erratic power supply despite the colossal amount spent on the Independent Power Projects.
12. The fuel subsidy, pension scam, and billions of naira fraud they have unearthed.
13. A self-centered National Assembly whose actions are so unpatriotic and uninspiring.
14. An inefficient judiciary that is allegedly ridden with corruption, where justice is most times delayed or denied.
15. The prevalence of ritual killings and occultism in politics and governance in the land.
16. The kidnapping of people has fast turned to a profession and the raping of women and teenage girls.
17. Our roads and highways are littered with carnage; we lack maintenance culture on virtually all our infrastructure.
We are not unmindful of the fact that this call to National repentance and prayer is a huge prayer task. Critics of prayer would ask what impact prayer has made on our national life. Others would say, have our problems not increased and worsened because we simply pray when we should be working or thinking strategically about how to solve our problems. Suffice it to say, that without prayer, Nigeria would not be where she is now. Prayer does not negate real hardwork as a means of solving societal problems. At all times, the Church has the mandate to pray for all men, and for those on authority, no matter how good or bad the times may be. We have a divine responsibility to pray for the peace of our nationa, our leaders and the Church.
Daily and weekly prayers should be held in groups, churches, cities and should cover such areas as:
1. The Nation – the economy, families, the youth and children.
2. The Seven Mountains (spheres of the society) which comprises politics and governance, the Church, Arts, Media and Entertainment, Business and Commerce, the Family, etc.
3. Global Institutions and Events – the global economy, wars, victims of natural disasters, terrorism, environmental challenges, etc.
4. The Church – the leaders, unity in the Church, revival in the church, the persecuted church, missionaries, etc.
5. Africa – regional organisations like ECOWAS, natural disasters like famine, wars, coups, poverty, diseases, etc.
6. The Unreached People Groups and the 10/40 Window.
For us to make success of this prayer project, we call on all Churches and Christians to commit themselves to a one-day fast once a week. We also implore church leaders, ministry leaders and intercessors to introduce creativity, varying patterns of prayer, from time to time so as to enliven the prayers during this one-year period. Men, women, youths and children should be sensitized and made to be involved in this prayer.
For more information, please contact Austen Ukachi (email@example.com)
The Church Under Attack in Nigeria
Christians Killed – Since the establishment of Sharia Law in Northern Nigeria in 2001, over 13,750 Christians have been killed for their faith by Muslims.
Churches Destroyed – Just since December 2011, over 300 churches have been destroyed in Northern Nigeria.
Threat - Five million Christians in Northern Nigeria live under severe persecution. Radical Islamic groups regularly issue ultimatums to Christian communities: “You have three days to leave, or you will die!” Christians throughout Northern Nigeria are continuing to suffer a series of attacks which are often pre-planned and well-coordinated. There are many attempts to force them to convert to Islam under the threat of death. Many have courageously died as Martyrs rather than deny Christ.
Jihad – Islamists in Nigeria call it Odium Fidei – The War of Religion. In the village of Dogo Nahawa, Islamists with machetes killed over 300 Christians, mostly woman and children.
A Battle for the Soul of a Country – Many Muslims, both persecutors and those appalled by the behaviour of the Radical Jihadists, have been won to Christ in recent years. The scale of persecution of Christians by Muslims in Northern Nigeria has accelerated over the last decade. Many hundreds, even into the thousands, of church buildings have been damaged or destroyed, and thousands of believers have been murdered.
Muslims are Coming to Christ – An evangelist in Northern Nigeria writes to us: “Islamic hatred for the Gospel of Christ is seen in many ways. On a Muslim website under the title Evangelism Invasion, they complain that Christian Evangelism has become a big threat to them. Muslims are being incited to reject and oppose the Gospel, claiming that Northern Nigeria is Islamic, and no Muslim should listen to or accept the Gospel. Please pray for me and my team. We are compelled to preach the Gospel, no matter the risks involved. Some Muslim children get the beating of their lives just for their presence in outreach centres, but the beatings didn’t stop them from coming the following day either. In the midst of the bombs, God is still moving powerfully in Northern Nigeria. Muslims are coming to know Christ, the only way to Salvation.”
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Dr. Peter Hammond, Frontline Fellowship, Cape Town, South Africa
Pray for several situations where religion is being used as instrument to promote violence and serious discrimination. In Nigeria, hundreds of Christians have been killed, and thousands are under threat. An organization is seeking to work with moderate Muslim leaders to deescalate this conflict.
“It is no more news that the Christmas in Nigeria was a black Christmas. On the 25th of December, 2011, as families dressed up to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, many never knew they were dressed up to die. Families lost loved ones to a war declared by Boko Haram which the Nigerian government has been treating with kid gloves. Like Job, what we feared most has come to us. Could this be a wake up call for the church in Nigeria?
Please join me in praying for Nigeria, that the wisdom of God will prevail. Pray that the Church will be driven back to her knees. We can stop Boko Haram with prayers – Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Mat. 19:26).
Many have called the church bombing as a declaration of religious war…Our leaders (political and ecclesiastical) need to do something because the worst is coming to happen soon. I am not a prophet of doom, but the worst will happen unless the government becomes proactive.
Please pray for families who lost their loved ones, that the Lord will encourage them and help them bear this loss. It is a colossal loss; it is unbearable without the grace of God.
Pray for our church leaders – that God will bless them with wisdom and sanctified lips.
It is only the Christians that can save Nigeria from this situation by praying. There is no political or religious remediation for this monstrous happening. Prayer and fasting is the solution. Our ecclesiastical leaders should call the Christendom in Nigeria to a day of mourning (prayer and fasting).
Pray for Christians in Northern Nigeria not to despair. Make a declaration: CHRISTIANITY SHALL NOT BECOME EXTINCT IN NORTHERN NIGERIA. IN JESUS’ NAME.
Thank you for praying for Nigeria.
Open Heaven Intercessors