Mission Spot–Nigeria

Items for prayer:

President:

  • Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.  Muslim.  The president’s power is checked by the National Assembly.

Country:

  • A sense of entitlement that many people in Nigeria feel they have to the revenues of the Nigerian state and extremely excessive corruption continue to constitute major challenges to Nigeria.
  • Years of military rule, corruption, and mismanagement have hampered economic activity and output in Nigeria and continue to do so.
  • Like many Third World nations, Nigeria has accumulated a significant foreign debt.
  • An undercurrent of strife and deterioration countrywide.
  • Health, health care, and general living conditions in Nigeria are poor.  The emigration and subsequent “brain drain” of doctors also contributes to this problem. Life expectancy is 47 years and just over half the population has access to potable water and appropriate sanitation; the infant mortality is high (97.1 deaths per 1000 live births). Nigeria, like many developing countries, also suffers from a polio crisis as well as periodic outbreaks of cholera, malaria, and sleeping sickness.
  • Education is also in a state of neglect. Attendance rate for secondary education is only 29%.
  • Idolatry in the media and sport industries.
  • Massive prevalence of the well known “Nigerian Money Scams”.

Religion:

  • The three main religions are Christianity, Islam (see Islam in Nigeria), and Animism.
  • Sharia (Muslim) law, used only in the predominantly Muslim north of the country.  This has contributed to unchecked and severe persecution of Christians.
  • Significant ongoing tensions on a national scale and potential violence between Muslims and Christians in the northern parts of the country.
  • Massive growth in numbers in the church with accompanying bad doctrine, divisions and lawlessness and stress on Christian leaders.
  • Pentecostal churches are now the predominant influence and the fastest growing.
  • Less reached people groups and areas.

Other Biblical Prayer specifics:

  • All the people of Nigeria:
    • “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1 ESV)
    • “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1 ESV)
  • Rulers of the country & peace:
    • “…for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (1 Timothy 2:2 ESV)
  • Churches:
    • ‘He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”’ (Matthew 21:13 ESV)
    • Etc.
  • Christians:
    • Thanksgiving
    • Supplications, prayers, intercessions:
    • “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:9-12 ESV)
    • Patience, perseverance, submission to God’s will and holiness in and under persecution (Phil 4:6; James 5:13)
    • Etc, etc.
  • Pastors and teachers, the ministry of the Word:
    • “… [P]ray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ… that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:3,4 ESV)
    • “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 ESV)
    • “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4 ESV)