FEATURE ARTICLE

Saturday, July 28, 2018
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PRAYER WITHOUT ACTION IS TANTAMOUNT TO NOTHING (CONCLUSION)

Continued from Part 1
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote (George Jean Nathan)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The tragedy with Africa is that those with ideas are not in power, while those in power have no ideas. When the people have a chance, they still vote for those with no ideas (Patrice Lumumba)

'm sure many suffering Nigerians want, and they're praying for, Buhari's defeat in next year's presidential election. They just can't take his misrule any more. But, let them know that their wish and prayers will be in vain, if they fail to do the right things. They should first of all get their PVC; they should vote for a better candidate, when the time come; they should guard their votes; and then, they can pray for that better candidate to win. It's only when they have done all these that God will hear their prayers and help them, because they have done the right things. Tell me how a person who has no PVC and did not vote will be praying for a good leader? It cannot happen. The Bible, in James 2:14, says "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?"

Stephen Witmer (1976) wrote that Christians sometimes disguise passivity and laziness in spiritual garb. We love to "let go and let God." We may wonder whether the verses in Psalm 127 endorse laziness. After all, Solomon says it's vain to "rise up early and go late to rest." But notice something very important: While it's true that the Lord must build the house, there are still people building the house (you must start building before God helps out). And while the Lord must watch the city, there are still human beings guarding the city (security must be in place before God keeps the city safe).

John Calvin (1509-1564) was right when he said, "It is not the will of the Lord that we should be like blocks of wood, or that we should keep our arms folded without doing anything; but that we should apply to use all the talents and advantages which [God] has conferred upon us." God's help isn't meant to make us into couch potatoes. His work never undercuts ours (Philippians 2:12-13). There's a better way to fit together His activity with ours.

Let's get serious! The successive Nigerian bad leaders helped in creating the mess we're in today, as the fish rots from the head down. It's logical that if the person at the helm is bad at his or her job, no one working under that person will be able to do a good job either. When we elect good leaders, things will start getting better. For us to do that, we must not only rely on prayers. Sometimes, I can't help but wonder what's wrong with so many Nigerians. A Nigerian will have no job or means of livelihood, but will be praying to be a millionaire, even though he did not play pool or lotto or lottery, as the case may be. How can that be possible? Even some will be praying that someone should pay some money into their account when they had no business transaction with anybody. It baffles me how so many Nigerians believe that the impossible can become possible through prayers only.

Nigerians should know that voting is not only their right but also their responsibility. We often complain about our bad leaders who are running the country, but remember that these leaders are elected by many Nigerians who refused to vote. Some might say that elections in Nigeria do not count because the leaders rig themselves into office irrespective of how people voted. This should not be an excuse for doing nothing. Do you own part first! I have noticed that the Nigerians who fail to vote are mostly the ones who usually complain about the decisions made by those bad leaders they allowed into office by not engaging in the process of election.

A Nigerian can become cynical or demoralized believing that his or her one vote does not matter, but when millions of other Nigerians think that way, that one vote turns into millions. Next year's elections should not be ignored, if we want things to get a bit better. We must do the right things, and prayer is the least of them.

My advice to all suffering Nigerians is that we should not allow Buhari or the politicians to deceive us; get your voter's card, as that will be our weapon in 2019 against all those misruling us now. They will come to us then in order to inveigle us for our votes, and this time we should not budge.

Let's pay heed to the advice of Msgr Gabriel Osu, the Director of Social Communications of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos. He advised Nigerians to be wise as 2019 approaches. He called on eligible voters who had yet to register to do so to enable them to vote in the 2019 elections. In his words: "My brothers and sisters, our destinies are in our own hands. The voter's card! We must protect it jealously. We must not allow anyone to cow us into selling it or giving it out for a plate of porridge. Remember, what becomes of our future will be determined by who we cast our votes for. Anyone who allows his fellow being to cajole him into a life of perpetual slavery will have God to contend with''.

Rev. Osu added that Nigerians must continue to demand of the Independent National Electoral Commission's transparency and accountability. Hear him: "Say No to under-aged voters, Say No to electoral rigging; go and get your voter cards. Say Yes to true democracy, accountability, equal rights and justice!''

Finally, since our independence, especially since Buhari became president, Nigerians have been looking into the mirror of life and are seeing words that don't match the truth about who God created them to be, despite their tons of prayers. Using the words of Sharon Jaynes:

Nigerians look into the mirror of value and see the word worthless.

Nigerians look into the mirror of success and see the word failure.

Nigerians look into the mirror of intelligence and see the word stupid.

Nigerians look into the mirror of competence and see the word inadequate.

Nigerians look into the mirror of acceptance and see the word rejected.

Nigerians look into the mirror of confidence and see the word insecure.

Nigerians look into the mirror of comparison and see the word inferior.

Nigerians look into the mirror of performance and see the words not good enough.

Nigerians look into the mirror of sufficiency and see the words not enough period.

Let me end the article here with what one of the active members of Nigerian American Business Forum (NABF), Lekan Salam, who is also the CEO of Afrebay Inc., an online industrial market place, shared on NABF recently (Many might have seen this before now):

Warren Buffet said and I quote "In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love".

The major secret of billionaires is their ability to find solutions to the challenges of humanity. All of them created solutions that brought them billions. Presently, Bill Gates is spending millions of dollars in search of renewable energy. By the time he finds one and becomes a major player in the electricity industry; do not say he's lucky. We forget that he did not pray for financial breakthrough. He only found a solution to a global problem. Wealthy people do not necessarily look for money, they create solutions and money will follow them. Larry Page and Sergey Brin went all out to help humanity find things faster on the Internet and billions of dollars followed them.

Mark Zuckerberg created platform for socialization and over 71 billion dollars followed him. Steve Job and Steve Woznial went all out to reduce the size of computer and billions of dollars followed them.

You, what problems are you solving for humanity? Some people spend weeks on mountain praying for financial breakthrough without knowing what to do to be rich; they just want to be rich anyhow, it does not work that way.

Real wealth comes through solving problems. Real wealth comes when we take a critical look around us, see the challenges that surround us and proffer solutions to them.

One of the major reasons millions in Africa live below the poverty line is our believe that magic wands will suddenly mint money for us. How many cups of Muster seed did Mark Zuckerberg eat that made him instant billionaire? How many bottles of anointed oil did Jeff Bezos of Amazon drink that turned him into an overnight owner of Amazon? If all can listen to the voice of God and do the right thing for humanity, God will be happier with us.

This is how potential billionaires pray: Dear Lord, Nigeria has an electricity problem, our roads are death traps, our health care system is in shamble, our youths are sold for slavery because there is no job for them, and 25 million Nigerians are disabled. Lord, please baptize me with fresh ideas on how to solve some of these problems; connect me to the right partners to make it happen. Thank you, Lord. God will then definitely download creative ideas into their minds.

Dear friends, it's time to change our thinking and praying pattern. Stop looking for shortcuts to the top. Let's start looking for problems we can solve for humanity. Money is actually a reward for solving problems for people.

Keep soaring!"

TIT BITS

This is actually what I wanted you to see in the preceding part of this article:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRvWXQi8BTc

Listen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNHsJR8HKKY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5ZH-dNjC-c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a44AMliMqHY

THE THANX IS ALL YOURS!!!

Continued from Part 1


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