Urine trickled down my pants, and down to my legs, unconsciously.
What! Am I dreaming?
I stood in my parlour, but my mind travelled thousands of kilometres away… The words from the radio hung in my throat.
No. I’ll just keep shut. This can’t be true.
Chanting… People screaming for joy on the street.
So this is true?! God!
My soul gradually slid into my body. Should I sing or dance or cry?
Christain women just concluded a 40 days prayer and fasting program. The government of our country drove us to pray. Things had fallen apart. The political sector was in chaos. Everyone feared what will happen next.
We asked God to intervene, but we didn’t know how He’ll do it. We didn’t know it will result in the mocking death of the Head of State.
God knows how to handle every situation.
An elderly woman shared this story with me many years ago. I still remember the chills that ran down my spine as she recalled every incidence during that period. (The words I used may not be her exact words, but it’s a picture of what she recounted that quiet night.)
Oh, the power… The pillars that fall when women wail.
Ladies, God has not changed. He’s ever seated on His exalted throne, willing and waiting to dispatch His angels on assignment at the prayers of His daughters.
God wants us to not just pray for ourselves, but to intercede for others too.
Jeremiah 9:21 shows us why – For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.
We see death everywhere, ladies. Not just physical death; moral, mental, financial, health, educational, political and religious death. Don’t look outside the gate for the death; it’s come up to our windows.
Immorality and blasphemy on the pulpit. The church is no more safe and sacred. Even the good morning coming from some pulpits has elements of lies and satanism embedded in it.
Indecency and immodesty on the streets and popping out of our home screens.
Laziness, lousiness, lasciviousness. People could sacrifice their friends for money without blinking the eye.
Love and respect evade the homes. Fathers against sons, mums against daughters, couples against each other. Young people neglect and trash the principle taught and instructed by their godly parents.
The 21st-century political correctness grips our “Christain” youths. Time for Bible? No. How about prayers, and service to God? “We’re very busy.”
What will become of the next generation?
Afflictions, oppression, unforgiveness, bitterness, depression, poverty, hurt, sorrows – these things hunt the souls of women and men today.
We can’t fold our arms and watch, sis.
It’s time to go to God and intercede on behalf of:
- Our nation – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
- Our Churches – Ephesians 6:18 Luke 22:31-32 John 14:16
- Our homes, as women – Proverbs 31: 10-31
- Those in pain and affliction – James 5:13 Romans 8:34
- Not forgetting our personal needs too.
This time, we need to employ a very important tool which hammer’s prayers up and hails answers down.
Women of old fought with this tool. Contemporary women, like in my story, used this tool as well. And Jesus, our Saviour and Lord, worked with this tool and charged His disciples to pick up this tool and apply it.
That tool is called FASTING.
Jesus said in Matthew 17:21 – Howbeit this kind goeth not out but he prayer and fasting.
Esther understood the power inherent in fasting. She summoned everyone to join her in fasting for three days before she went in unto the King (Esther 4:16). And you know the result of that fast: the death sentence was reversed. Their enemy was destroyed.
In Isaiah 58: 6-9, we see the type of fast God acknowledges and acts on:
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. 9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
As we set our faces to WAIL… To seek the Lord, our requests will be granted beyond measure.
Lift up your voice and WAIL.