NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN MARCH/APRIL 2022
HE IS RISEN!
In Luke 24, we have an account of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus and the first reactions to the discovery that his body was not in the tomb as his disciples expected. In vs. 9-11, it says when the women came back for the tomb, they told all they had seen to the others, but they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense (NIV). The experience of Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus is pertinent. Jesus turned their unbelief and depression around so completely that they turned back and returned to Jerusalem that same night to share their good news (Luke 24: 13 – 35). Jesus is alive, Hallelujah!
- To God be all the glory for His mercies and grace that have upheld us thus far in 2022. We rejoice with those who have had significant successes and testimonies to celebrate. May this be a year of fulfilment in Jesus’s name.
- It’s great to be able to see one another again face-to-face as COVID restrictions are lifted across the country. It’s remarkable to rediscover what we look like after years of online meetings!
- Our annual Youth Conference happens this Easter and we trust God for great outcomes. Our children will be taught of the Lord, and great will be their peace in Jesus’ name.
- Thank God for our National Executive Committee and Branch Executive Committees and continue to pray for each individual member, that we will achieve the fellowship strapline of ‘everyone a faithful disciple of Christ’.
- Some of our members have challenges and we need to continue to uphold one another through prayers and by demonstrating love and affection for one another.
- Please intercede for good health for senior brethren in the OFNC Revived Group.
- The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson and his government are under pressure from the turmoil in Ukraine and its impact on international affairs, petroleum prices and immigration.
- Pray in accordance with 1 Tim. 2:1-4 that God’s sovereign will be done in this nation.
- As the UK nations remove the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19, please intercede that the virus and all its variants be vanquished in Jesus’ name.
- The sacking of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick highlighted some of the uncomfortable truth behind the behaviour of law enforcement agents. Not only has a serving police officer been imprisoned for rape and murder, further allegations of racism, misogyny and inappropriate behaviour continue to emerge. Please pray for justice for victims. See also https://news.sky.com/story/black-schoolgirl-who-was-strip-searched-while-on-period-to-sue-met-police-12569665
- The instability of the economy has prompted a rise in rate of inflation, spiralling costs of construction and difficult decisions for the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, as families face rises in the costs of living. Pray for wisdom for all those at the helm of affairs.
- This economic downturn was highlighted by the unprecedented sacking of 800 staff in one day by P&O Ferries, where directors claim the company is facing huge losses. This redundancy came without warning or prior consultation, causing great distress to staff and their families. Please pray for God’s favour and grace for all those affected.
Nigeria & Africa
- From time to time, we have heart-warming news of breakthroughs and light at the end of a tunnel for our continent, such as that of a young engineer manufacturing agricultural machinery and creating jobs. See https://www.africanews.com/2022/03/05/the-machines-of-jerry-malo-nigeria-s-award-winning-fabrication-engineer-inspire-africa/?jwsource=cl
- Please pray for Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan (known as Mama Samia), the country’s first female president, in her efforts to lead the nation following the death of President John Magufuli.
- Cameroon’s five-year conflict is spilling over into Nigeria. This war broke out in October 2017 when militants declared an independent state in the Northwest region and Southwest region, home to most of the anglophone minority in a country that is 80 percent French-speaking. Since then, more than 250 villages have been destroyed, 6,000 people have died and one million Cameroonians forced to flee their homes as they are caught between the army and the rebels. Please pray for peace in the whole West African region.
- Please continue your intercession for Nigeria as the armed forces struggle to secure the nation’s borders as they battle jihadists, bandit gangs and separatists.
- Kidnappings for ransom and ritual murders are rampant and this avarice and bloodthirsty craze is occurring in other African countries. Only God can deliver the nations from evil (2 Kings 6:26-30). Pray that righteousness will exalt our nations and sin will become a reproach.
- Praise God, the alleged leader of a kidnapping gang has been arrested in Nigeria along with 29 other suspects. Police say the gang has been involved in kidnappings, armed robbery and gun-running – mainly targeting the highway between the capital, Abuja and Kaduna – one of the most dangerous roads in Nigeria.
- Political parties are gearing up in Nigeria in preparation for 2023 elections, pray for God’s perfect will to be done. Let us stand against violence and fraud, and pray that God-fearing men and women will rise to the task by vying for positions of responsibility.
- Pray for peace in Ukraine, where Russia has been waging a brutally repressive campaign.
May God comfort and strengthen the innocent civilians caught up in the conflict and bring the conflict to a swift and decisive end, to His glory and honour.
- The focus of the world’s media channels served to draw attention to the plight of Africans and non-European residents in Ukraine, who were treated unequally when trying to flee the conflict. Please continue to pray against human trafficking and exploitation of desperate migrants in trouble spots around the world.
- Afghanistan, Yemen, Myanmar – While the international media houses have focused on
Europe, the people in these nations remain in distress from conflict, famine, lack of
amenities and oppression. Pray for a cessation of hostilities and for peace to be restored to these troubled nations.
Please contact your branch prayer secretaries if you have specific prayer needs. Testimonies and praise reports are always welcome.
Dr Akin Oluwatudimu, National Prayer Secretary