As a country, we have sometimes experienced scenarios which makes us have so many questions. Has GOD forsaken us? Are we experiencing all these because we have turned away from GOD? We might be going through national calamities sometimes because of failure to obey His commandments. But regardless of what causes our national condition, citizen believers should care enough about their country to cry out loud to GOD on her behalf.
What should motivate us to pray is the condition of our nation as evidenced that we need to pray for GOD’s divine intervention. Economic struggles, natural disasters, intolerance, political divisions, regional and ethnic divide, jealousy, hatred, and social ills are just a few problems our country faces right now.
But biblical warnings will also motivate us to pray. GOD sometimes sends adversity to get the attention of His people. Malawi as a so called GOD fearing nation has somehow enjoyed spiritual and material abundance as a result of GOD’s favor. But no doubt that, as a nation we are rebelling against the Lord and refuses to live by His standards.
The principles of GOD do not change. If GOD allowed adversity to come to Israel, His chosen people because of their sin and idolatry, why would He spare Malawi?
What will it take for GOD to hear and answer our prayers? As GOD’s children, we have the unique privilege of approaching the Father to ask for His favor and blessing. In 1 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people Humble themselves” shows we must acknowledge that we depend totally on the Lord and need Him to intervene in our situation – Job 35:12, Prov. 16:18.
We need to pray for national spiritual revival, political sanity, unity, reconciliation, our leaders and our families. In today’s difficult circumstances, believers should be highly motivated to cry out to GOD, confident that He desires to work on our behalf, Psalm. 34:17, 19.
As a nation we need to turn from our wicked ways. GOD has conditions for when He will respond to our prayers. If we want our prayers to be heard, we must not only confess our sins, but repent of them as well. In other words, we should agree with GOD that what we have done displeases Him, and we should turn away from wrongdoing.
GOD will response to our prayers, that is the promise given in, 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord will hear our cry, forgive our sins, and heal our nation. I believe that if the nation cry out to the Lord, He will restore our country and make us into a really GOD fearing nation that honors Him again.
My brothers and sisters do you love your nation? Then I challenge you to go on your knees and cry out to Him. Ask GOD to send another Great Awakening to revive the warm heart of Africa. If we do that, He promises to open the heavens and heal our land.
- The author is former human rights campaigner. He will be writing his column on Nyasa Times.