A lot of us Nigerians are fond of blaming the authorities. A very typical Nigerian would blame the government officials for the corruption we experience in virtually every sector of the economy. Let’s not forget that there is no economy without you and me. We make up the economy. The authorities represent just about 15% of our total population. As it is often said the majority carries the vote. If the remaining85% of us can decide against corruption then we’d see that there would be change.
Well, that’s by the way. What I’m here to talk on is “praying for those in authority”. Let’s take our cue from the book of Romans 13:1“Everyone must submit himself to authority, for there is no authority that exists except that which has been established by God. All the authorities that exist have been established by God”. We see here that the bible is against rebellion against authorities. We agree that some of our leaders are not on track but who are we to judge? Is there any of us that can say that indeed if today our life was to become a topic for discussion we will be found spotless? We are human and it is in the human nature to sin except you operate under God’s grace. They also are human and have as much tendency as we do to sin. The difference is that we have come to the knowledge of Christ and are operating under his grace. It is by this grace that we strive to live perfect lives. Even the bible in Matthew 5:48 says “be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”.
Most of our leaders are ignorant of the fact that God who has placed them over His people will grant them His grace to be efficient leaders. Most of our leaders lead based on their own understanding. The bible makes us understand that the wisdom of men is foolishness in the sight of God. It is therefore our duty to pray for our leaders. We ought to pray that God’s will alone, will prevail in their lives. That whatever decisions they make will come directly from Him. Here’s the thing, if we fail to pray for them every decision they make will not only affect you but affect you in a negative way. That is when they will remember to increase the price of fuel or embezzle the money meant for the development of your community. You may think that just because you are still under your parents’ roof you shouldn’t be bothered. Remember that time does fly and before you know it you will be on your own and become a direct recipient of their actions.
Every door has a specific key to open it. Without that key it can never it can never be opened. Prayer is the key that unlocks every door. In reality we are the ones holding Nigeria back. Pray for those in authority today and help in moving your country forward.
Written by Ude Nnenne