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Nigeria and the "let us pray" syndrome

THE FUTILITY OF PRAYING FOR OUR BELOVED NIGERIA ~ Moore Omotayo Oladipo

While I Earnestly Believe That There Is A Place For Prayer Amidst All That Is/Has Been Going On In Nigeria, The Fact Still Remains That Even The Bible Says “Faith Without Works Is Dead”. God Will Never Leave His Throne In Heaven To Come Down To Earth To Do For Man What He Has Already Empowered Him To Do For Himself.

We Can Pray All We Want For Change In Nigeria But The Ugly Truth Is That For As Long As Our Prayers Are Not Met With Positive Actions In The Right Direction, Nothing Is Going To Change. The So Called Nations Of The World Today “Where Things Work” Did Not Get There By Sitting On Their Behinds And Praying To God For Change. They Took Their Destinies Into Their Own Hands As A People And Ran With It. Our Problem In Nigeria Isn’t A Paucity Of Prayers Or The Need For More Prayers, It’s Simply The Paucity Of Actions In The Right Direction To Complement Those Important Prayers. We Cannot Expect To Reap When We Haven’t Sown To Start With Nor Can We Expect To Reap Sunflowers When We Sowed Thorns.

God Is A Lot Of Things, Merciful Inclusive But To The Best Of My Albeit Limited But Growing Understanding On Issues Of Faith, He’s Neither The Author Of Confusion Nor Is He Confused God. As A Matter Of Fact He Is A God Of Time Honored And Established Principles. We The People Of Nigeria Are The Architects Of Our Predicament And By Extension Our Own Greatest Enemy. The Vast Majority Of Our Problems, Like Their Solutions Are Glaring To Even The Blind. No Amount Of Fasting, Casting, Binding Or Loosening Is Going To Change That- Not Without Constructive Actions. For The Sake Of Clarity, Let Me Reiterate That I Am A Firm Believer In Prayers But What I Cant Stomach Any Longer Is The Incessant Clamor For Prayers In The Absence Of Decisive Action Whenever Foreseeable And Avoidable Tragedies Befall Our Nation.

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Moore Omotayo Oladipo

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  1. Well said. My sentiments exactly. Religion is the poor man’s opium. And this poverty of mind is our destruction. Is this Dr Tayo Moore?

  2. HEAR!HEAR!

  3. I concur.

  4. i quite agree with you Tayo. Nonetheless, we still need to pray, if not collectively then individually, so this plague called Nigeria doesnt overwhelm us.

  5. What can one do but pray that our leaders wake up to the realization of damages they r causing the future and the “now” generation.
    In every little way, we r all leaders and if every leader takes a step to sweep his/her doorstep/environs,…..the world will be a neater/clean place hence making it (the world) comfortable to live in.

  6. Well said!!! Even though I can attest to these facts that prayer without faith is dead, I sometimes can’t help but pray with fear instead of confidence with faith that whatever it is I ask has been answered. God’s mercies we need in this country…

  7. Nice one Tayo…..we are so fraudulent in Nigeria that we plant Cassava and expect to reap cocoyam….We are such 419-minded that we expect miracles without working for it…………
    We voted for sentiment, yet expected good roads, water, electricity and other basic infrastructure.
    We put truth aside, we cut corners, hoping not to be caught and giving testimonies in church for easy monies we made from fraudulent contracts, narrow escapes from terrible road accidents (due to bad roads)…..and line up again to vote the same people subjecting us to all these just because they are our brothers, our tribesmen or from our religion……
    Looking at it, its true that a society deserve the kind of leader they get…we are so corrupt in our psyche that it will be unfair for God to give us honest leadership…and am sure even if God offered us one, we Nigerians will either not vote for him/her or rig him/her out in elections……..Lets “pray” for change..abi wetin we go do.

  8. Quite a remarkable and edifying article Dr Moore, I do believe that you are coming from the school of thought that says “faith without action is more or less wishful thinking”, it’s like hoping and praying for an opportunity to travel out of the country but you refuse to have an international passport.

    Nigeria has no business being this backward and far behind in all aspects relating to economic and social development. We used our own hands to put ourselves in this precarious position. Every time we give or take a bribe, encourage cheating, overlook certain wrongs, tolerate social and moral decadence, praise corrupt leaders, not accept responsibility, lie, cheat, deceive all in the name of survival, remain silent and nonchalant when witnessing adversity, we have contributed to the current worsening situation of the country.

    We then turn to God to heal our land and make no attempts to change our own attitudes. I don’t believe it works that way.

  9. Nuruddeen Muhammad

    “Indeed God does not change people (or situation) until the people (make effort to) change themselves.” Prayer needs to be supported by action.

  10. Kolawole Mojereola

    Yes praying for Nigeria is technically blasphemous yet we must not stop praying. ( know want i mean ? )

  11. Olubunmi Olabiyi

    Much as your thoughts are well articulated, you must understand that every action of man stems from some spiritual root. We hold each man accountable for his actions but hey! spiritual wickedness is real. spiritual forces ares real and no amount of principle can negate a nation, people, tribe, religion or clan from the extra terrestial. We have easily fazed God out of our nation and lives. Western civilisation was built on much of these.
    Finally, no amount of corresponding work can make Nigeria the great nation we all dream without an overwhelming measure of corresponding prayers and I must say, we have being kept by PRAYERS.

  12. Prayers and Actions yield to succession. You cannot take one and leave one. Imaging yourself refusing to eat, yet praying to put food in ur stomach. OR praying to God to grant you children when you have no wife. I agree with you, Dr. Moore.

  13. Akinfolarin Akinwale O.

    It is like the clear blue sky that Nigeria is under invasion – Powers.
    The spiritual does manifest in the physical and we wrestle not against the flesh but … and POWERS.
    Therefore, as the kingdom of God suffereth VIOLENCE … take it by FORCE. Meanwhile, breakthrough does manifest through the inevitable -PRAYERS and FASTING.

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