He recently had his say at the 11th Annual Diocesan Synod of Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Nkek Abak, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, Governor Udom Emmanuel deserves a lot of praise for never mincing words, nor allowing an opportunity to pass without declaring the efficacy of prayer.
He added that the governor definitely knows that nothing can be achieved as a leader without including hard work and prayer.
His words, “Now, to the theme of the meeting: ‘Watch and Pray’, which I consider being very apt and instructive. In view of the happenings in the world, particularly our country, Nigeria, it is clear that we are at a major crossroad in history. And there could not have been a more appropriate subject of concern for any serious gathering of church leaders than interceding for God’s favours. This is so because Christians believe that if there is a man or woman who would fervently pray, there is always a God in Heaven who would most assuredly provide answers to such prayers.”
“When a fervent man of faith kneels before an all-powerful, prayer-answering God, prayer becomes a matter of vigilant watchfulness and high expectation of divine response. Thus, the due process in intercession is to watch, pray and watch again until an answer is received.”
“As a matter of fact, every battle in life follows this procedure. There is a need, first, to survey the situation from a watch tower before striking, and then visually follow the dispatched arrow to see whether it has hit its intended target. I think the case is not different with the warfare of prayer.”
“For our model in the act of watching and praying, I also think that Elijah the prophet eminently fits the bill. In his encounter with King Ahab, he combined prayer with expectation to move from faith to reality – faith in God’s ability to regulate everything and situation, including the coming and going of the rains, using the instrumentality of a watchful and prayerful human agency.”
“No wonder the governor does not mince words, nor allow an opportunity to pass without declaring the efficacy of prayer. Speaking only a week ago as Special Guest at the closing ceremony of the Annual Convention of Victory Life Bible Church in Abeokuta, Ogun State, he said and I quote:” with my meagre allocation, there is no way I could have paid salaries and still float the Ibom Airline, which today is making waves. It is a miracle and the result of vision backed by prayer and hard work.”
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