If there are countries where people pray a lot, then Malawi must be among the top ten. Hardly do we start any meeting without prayer, including the political rallies where empty and vain promises and personal character assassinations dominate the speeches. It is interesting that before most politicians start lying, they invite a pastor to pray so that “everything they say should bring glory to God”. How ironic.
In Malawi there is an unhealthy obsession to “prayer” alone. In fact, the reason why very little is achieved is because the majority of the people think prayer is the “magic wand” that replaces thinking, strategizing and action. Here are my sober observations:
We pray for rains to grow crops while we wantonly cut down trees. Somehow we are convinced that God will always answer us regardless our violating the laws of nature he put in place to sustain a healthy rainfall cycle. We pray for a “financial breakthrough” to get money to pay school fees forour children, when in fact we had enough time to plan as we saw them grow up before our own eyes. We pray for “God’s intervention” to take care of our large families when we have no clue how to feed them.
We pray for our leaders to govern the country well, even when we clearly know some of the people we might be calling leaders are nothing but thieves, looters and visionless individuals. We believe somehow, God will use even stone hearts to be as kind as angels. We have so much faith that God will surely just miraculously work things out for us.
In developed European countries, people are not as prayerful as we are. But they have created systems that create checks and balances for those they elect into leadership. For example, a Prime Minister in Britain cannot lie to the nation about where he hires a private jet because they have clear and transparent processes to guide issues of national importance. Governance issues are not resolved through prayer.
In Europe, couples have just 2 or 3 children whom they can properly take care of. Usually, they will not have children unless they have stable incomes and sometimes, a house.When it comes to educating children, most families open an education fund account for their children the moment they are born and save some money every month until such a time the child grows up and is ready for college.
Why is it that we, the people that pray a lot seem not to be getting answers for our prayers, while those who are praying less or not at all seem to have the right formula for success and progress? Being Sunday today, this is a question I should probably ask my pastor at church.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :