There comes a time in any nation when it comes to a fork in the road, when there is need for very serious decisions that will forever alter the fate of that country. It is at such junctures when the divine has to come into play. The invisible hand of God moves in and events unfold that change the dispensation and bring about another era. We have seen this in the nations of the world with specific examples drawn from the Bible. Every time that nation had leaders that called upon God’s name, He would prevail and move events toward prosperity, but when the nation’s leaders drew it away from God, then He would remove His protective hands and they would fall into captivity.
Scripture in the Book of Daniel Chapter 10 teaches us that every nation has two elements or entities that battle for or against it. When Daniel began praying for Israel and the prophecies that had been written about it, he saw a vision of a mighty angel who told him that the Prince of Persia had withheld him 21 days and prevented him from delivering the message God had for His nation. He further stated that Arch-Angel Michael came to his rescue and fought off that Prince. However, even as he departed, he warned about the next prince that was on his way, the Prince of Greece.
We now know in hindsight that Israel was under the Medes at that time, soon the Persians with King Darius overthrew them. Events would see the Israelites released back to their land and Jerusalem but they would see the rise the Greek empire that overthrew the Persians. So we see prophetically the foretelling of what was to occur being revealed clearly to God’s servant.
So we know several things…
1. Events that occur physically proceed what occurs spiritually – We see throughout the prophetic books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Revelation that when the saints pray, God moves
2. Spiritual Entities stand for or against nations (angels vs. principalities) – We need to realize that there is a mortal ancient enemy of mankind and he works ceaselessly to bring about chaos and disorder and only prevails whenever he is allowed to
3. The success or failure of a nation is hinged on their spiritual stand – Obedience to God is always a factor in determining where a nation will end up as far as its prosperity is concerned.
4. Prayer can and does change events – There is nothing that occurs under the sun that God is not in control of, be it good or evil. With evil God permits it because man is the regent here, he decides what goes and if he transgresses the law of God and opts to pursue his evil desires, he shall equally reap thereof.
A Call to Prayer
In view of this, it is up to those that call upon the Lord and are obedient to Him (saints of the most high) to do the one thing we have power over – TO PRAY. Here is what God has to say about prayer…
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
There are three conditions and three responses that God promises here. Let us examine each one.
1. Humble themselves and pray
A true mark of humility is to turn to prayer. Forget about whom we are in society, come down from our high and mighty castles and acknowledge His supremacy. All we have is in His hands and He is supreme. He gives and He takes. He appoints and He removes. He allows and He prevents. He is indeed sovereign and the sooner we know this, the better off we are. In humility (without pretense, pomp and fanfare) we simply come – just as we are. No titles, no positions, no status – just as we are.
Answer: Hear from Heaven – His ear is not deaf nor His eye blind that He won’t hear our cry. When we pray sincerely – God always promises to hear and to act.
2. Seek My Face
To seek means to look for, pursue, hunt, and trail after. The idea is to drop all things and focus all one’s attention on Him. Forget about the distractions all around us, instead look to Him alone. There is an element of urgency when the work seek after is used. Here it depicts desperation on the part of the subject, who places all their hope, faith and trust on that which he seeks, realizing that once that which is being sought after is realized, then all goodness will follow. God answers those that desperately seek after Him. The Psalmist illustrated it greatly when he declares as the deer pants after the water so my soul longs after you. Indeed we need to seek after God as a thirsty man seeks after life giving water.
Answer: Forgive Their Sin – If our seeking is genuine, He will forgive. If our hearts are truly after His own and our motives pure as a child, He will forgive. Indeed He is quick to forgive and quick to turn away from His wrath.
3. Turn from their wicked ways
Man’s heart is indeed wicked above all things and is so continually. However, God has granted us grace through His Son Jesus Christ whom we can call upon and receive salvation and pardon from all sin. If we choose to surrender our lives wholly to Him and let Him reign in our lives, He is able to lead us in the ways of life and bring about great prosperity for us. But for this to happen, true and full repentance must occur. To repent means to turn away permanently. This is not just confession (which is abused by many for they confess today and go back to sin tomorrow – with impunity). Repentance signifies never returning to what caused the rift between the subjects (us) and God. It calls for a total destruction of all shrines set up in worship of self and instead letting God reign supreme over every area of our lives.
Answer: Heal their land – God promises healing for the land. Within the wings of healing shall follow prosperity, peace, joy, love, success, increase, blessings, wonder, satisfaction, goodness, fellowship and genuine concern for one another. Truly love shall prevail. This does happen and can be sustained as long as His people get on their knees and pray.
God’s Invisible Hand
I believe that we can see this happen to our nation of Zambia. We can stand and pray and seek after God. We can stand in the gap on behalf of our nation and let God reign supreme. His hand has always worked behind the scenes to maintain peace and tranquility in this nation. See how he did so below…
It was God’s hand that worked behind the scenes to see Dr. Kenneth Kaunda picked as Zambia’s leader when Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe (Bemba) and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula (Tonga) could not see eye to eye and agree on who should lead the other. It was God’s hand that saw Kaunda instead ascend to the helm of leadership and lead this nation through the first, second and third republic.
It was God’s hand that worked to bring in Dr. Frederick Titus Jacob Chiluba to the helm of MMD (he was not a founder member) and then the presidency, leading to the declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation.
It was God’s hand that worked to see Levy Patrick Mwanawasa raised from outside the corridors of power to become Zambia’s third president.
It was God’s hand that worked to see Rupiah Bwezani Banda become the fourth president during what was in essence a set of wondrous circumstances following the demise of Mwanawasa in office.
It was God’s hand that worked to see Michael Chilufya Sata become the fifth president beating MMD’s Banda in spite of what many agree was the most expensive presidential campaign ever mounted by any party in the history of this nation.
Now we have lost our president to illness and have seen the swearing into office for the next 90 days (83 days as at the writing of this article) of Dr. Guy Scott. I believe that the hand of God is still at work and works behind the scenes to bring our next anointed leader of this nation, the sixth president of the republic.
You must however realize that the enemy (both Satan and interest groups lead by greed for power) also seeks to destroy our treasured peace and tranquility. There is a striving after that is led by greed for power and wealth at the expense of the Zambian poor (who are the majority as currently Zambia still has about 75% of its population living below $1 a day). The enemy wants to see Zambia degenerate into war which we shall not stand for.
Zambia shall prevail! This is a Christian nation and we have a remnant of believers that shall stand and pray for this nation. The Lord is summoning us all to take our stand and get on our knees and pray.
Our Call to Action
If you are one of those that sense and feel the Holy Spirit speaking to you and urging you to stand, then let us all get together and do our part. I am inspired greatly by a letter that was recently issued by the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia under the National Prayer Mobilization Schedule – Zambia Mourns title with the leading scripture from 1Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray without ceasing”.
I would like to pledge to stand with the series of prayers listed within and am calling on all Christians to stand together. Below is a list of actions you can take to get this process started.
#1: Commit to prayer – Each one of us will for as long as they may wish each day (5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes) to pray sincerely for our nation. We shall all pray together at 04:30hrs each morning. Simply get up, check your facebook status – see the prayer point and pray
#2: Check facebook each morning – We will endeavor to post a prayer point and scripture each morning. Please pray for that point and ask God’s hand to prevail.
#3: Share the prayer point – Use your social media network to do that. Let’s share on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Whatsapp and WeChat or just about any social media platform you may be aware of. If you prefer you may even share via SMS – do your part – let us take Zambia for Jesus.
#4: Mobilize your church – Work with your various ministries at church and get everyone praying these points. This is not about churches or denomination; it’s about our nation of Zambia. Zambia is greater than any of us and God has His hand upon this nation. With unified prayer and purpose, we can see God’s will prevail and His hand squash every enemy of Zambia.
#5: Join the group “Zambia Shall Prevail: The 80 Day Prayer Chain” – We need as many people as possible to stand with us in raising our nation to God. This group will be our main focal point on Social Media but will need more to stand and work with us to see God move on our behalf. Here's the group url https://www.facebook.com/groups/zambiashallprevail/
Take note of the details above and let us start the journey together. The first day of prayer shall be on day number 10 with 80 days to go before the 90 days is done. We believe God shall stand supreme and our nation shall prevail. Day #10 falls on Friday the 7th November 2014 and the 80 days elapse on Monday the 26th January 2015. It stands to reason that the election date has to occur at least one week before this date placing it around the 19th January or thereabouts. We shall have to stand and pray throughout right up to the election-day and after, until the swearing in of the new president. After that, we can change the purpose and directions of our prayers.
The Prophetic Jubilee Atmosphere
This is the Year of Jubilee and God has promised 7 things that accompany Jubilee these being i) Atonement ii) The Favor and Mercies of God iii) The Trumpet shout of victory iv) Freedom from bondage and slavery v) Restoration vi) Debt cancellation and v) Land ownership. There is a prophetic air of manifestation in this year of Jubilee (24th Oct 2014 to 23rd Oct 2015) and it is time we His saints stood in the gap and begin to travail in the spirit on behalf of our motherland.
We believe that when saints of the Most High (Adonai) God stand and pray together, God moves. As the saying goes
“It is impossible to move a mountain, but prayer moves God and God moves mountains”
We can move the mountain that stands before us by praying to God. It is God that declared
Zechariah 4:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.
7 ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”
There is no power under the heavens that can stand before our mighty God. We can and must stand. We are called at such a time as this to do our part. Let us be faithful soldiers in the Lord’s Army and pray.
For those of you who would like to see all the prayer points in the letter as raised by EFZ, kindly click here.
Rev Walter Mwambazi
Author of "The 7 Principles for Financial Prosperity", Life Coach, Facilitator, Peak Performance Coach, Digital Marketing Professional, Network Marketer, Health & Wellness Consultant, Pastor, Copy Writer, Motivation Speaker & Writer.