BY BARRISTER NICO HALLE
|Ntumfor Barr. Nico Halle: Peace Crusader|
Almighty God, Alpha and Omega, You are Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient. You are maker of the whole world and creator of Heaven and earth. You made man in your own image. Awesome image indeed. To demonstrate your love, you created all the resources for the welfare of man. Your love is unconditional, unquestionable and unimpeachable. Oh God, the evil one- the devil- has over the years invaded your pleasant world shredding it in the most brazen and wanton manner. Despite this sordid betrayal of man by yielding to the devil, you still continue to show love to your children all over the world. We come before the throne of your grace with contrite hearts owning up by naming the sins which have taken us away from your infinite love.
Merciful and everlasting Father some of our iniquities we bring before you as a sign of our admission of our sinful nature are: greed, hatred, jealousy, arrogance, pride, envy, hypocrisy, deceit, falsehood, indecency, theft, make belief, favouritism, concoction, manipulation, betrayal, corruption, bribery, embezzlement, heresy, electoral fraud, tribalism, election rigging, adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality, bigotry, chaos, disaster, disorder, racketeering, mercenary disposition, cover up, covetousness, laziness, inertia, levity, bootlicking, false pretence, exploitation, fraud, sexual harassment, lies, disloyalty, graft, haughtiness, waywardness, idolatry, cabal demagogy, disobedience, bad governance, impurity, intrigues, gimmicks, lawlessness, selfishness, conflict, violence, terrorism, unrest, wars, strife, genocide, carnage, ethnic cleansing, deprivation, destruction, vaulting and unbridled ambition, injustice, false imprisonment, power abuse, occultism, religious fundamentalism, mysticism, suicide bombing, in short decadence in all its forms.
The above iniquities and more have distanced us from your Grace. How can we explain Oh God, that Africa which is the richest continent on planet Earth is not only paradoxically very poor, but ridden with unrest and all kinds of atrocities? How can we explain Oh Lord that man that You made in your own image and placed to have dominion over your creation has fallen short of his responsibility and now crawling on his/her belly experiencing excruciating pains? Is it not man, Oh Lord, because of greed and hatred that has created terrorist groups namely, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East, FARC, NAZAL, just to name a few. These terrorist groups have committed great atrocities and wanton human rights violation all over the world. Some of the victim countries like Turkey, India, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Columbia, Yemen, Ukraine, Egypt, Libya, Mali and recently Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon have either been totally or partially shredded by kamikaze terrorist acts. Where has the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom disappeared to? Why do your children waste a lot of resources in the manufacturing of arms of various brands, heavy weaponry especially weapons of mass destruction? What sense does it make to take life when one cannot give life? Despicable Indeed! When we look around, we see everything but love, peace and justice.
Oh God, unrest and strife will continue to be a major threat to the world if you do not look down on your children with pity. We have now advised ourselves Oh Lord, that your word is the Kingpin if we must be saved from self-destruction.
We pray Oh Lord that you should talk to all the world leaders, touch their hearts and transform those who are hardhearted to have pity on their people and lead them in the fear of the Lord. You have said in your word that if we see a righteous leader we will also see a happy people, that an evil leader is also surrounded by frustrated people; Prov 29:2. We call upon your Mighty name to empower the UN Security Council, the African Union and also other peacekeeping structures to build peace, love and justice and that when this is done, the various brands of arms that are manufactured should rather be destroyed to avert the temptation of using them on man, and that the resources used for the manufacturing of these arms should rather be used to curb unemployment, poverty and improve on infrastructure and livelihood of your people.
Lord also empower the global church that has been seeking more souls for You and transforming lives, to intensify your message to the people while preaching by example.
All these ideas will came to naught if we do not have you permanently on board. Your word tells us that unless you build the house, the laborers labor in vain, and unless you keep watch, the watchmen watch in vain, Ps 127. You also said in your word that “blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” Matt 5:9. Make your children peacemakers Oh Lord.
May you particularly, Oh Lord, bless the people of Cameroon, the Armed forces, the Government, the Head of State and empower us as we face the challenges of eradicating the Boko Haram phenomenon. Equally Oh Lord, empower the people of Nigeria, Chad and Niger who in alliance with Cameroon are doing everything to free your children. For the other nations that are providing love and assistance to African Nations in general and Cameroon in particular, we commit them into your loving hands.
And finally, may you create an enabling and conducive environment Oh Lord, for the varied and various natural resources that you have richly blessed Cameroon; Land of Promise, Land of Glory to be exploited for the well-being of your children, some of whom are experiencing excruciating poverty and unemployed, completely desperate about life.
We are however comforted by your word which says “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for”. Jer 29:11. We are assured by your word Oh Lord that “through the love of God Our Saviour all will be well”.
Barrister Nico Halle
31st July 2015
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