Wednesday 12 October, 2016
The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, is beckoning on Biafrans all over the world to observe this years atonement. Atonement is an act of reconciliation which restores relationship between God and man, is an annual ritual observed by God’s own children as instructed by God. Biafrans observe atonement as seriously as we need God in all our endeavours, hence we have once more embarked on this act to ensure God’s continual guidance, protection, mercy and grace. This year's atonement is targetted at bringing to an end Buhari’s reign of terror.
As we have embarked on this earnest and fervent prayer for our country, Biafra; it is requisite we get a full understanding of the importance of atonement prayer. Is atonement a necessity? If yes, why? What should we pray for? And how should we pray? BiafraWriters has got some guide to help you observe this atonement better and further obtain the numerous blessing of God that goes with it.
According to Thomas Paine, ‘’in times like this, men's souls are tried’’. Biafran land is in crisis, from within and without. We face new threats of terrorism on our shores, millions of angry and disenfranchised citizens, a reduction in moral standards, unprovoked and unpredictable killings of our people, and a secular elite intent on restricting foundational principles such as religious liberty and freedom of speech.
As my colleague and friend John Emeka says, "If there has ever been a time to drop down on our knees and pray for our nation Biafra, this is it." Abraham Lincoln once said, "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day." We pray because, in our own wisdom and strength, we are insufficient for the challenges we face in Biafran land. While one of the most appealing things about Biafran people is our indomitable "can-do" spirit, the fact is, sometimes we also come to realize that there are still many things we "cannot do"!
Then times like that, we have nowhere else to go, except to lean on God ‘’Chiukwu Okike Abiama’’; and this takes a fanatical stand when observing atonement. Biafrans observe atonement also as a National Day of Prayer, Biafrans gather to pray with a common motive. If you see reasons to join us in this solemn time, this is what we pray:
• We praise Thee God of the heavens and the earth, the Maker of all things: visible and invisible. The Only True and the Living God –the Giver of Life. In Him, all things were made and without Him is nothing made -we adore and worship You.
• Eternal Father, we come before in all sincerity, in ashes and in dust we repent; leaning on your grace and mercy, we ask for forgiveness. We are conscious of our sins and our sins are ever before us; lead us in the paths of righteousness lest we perish in iniquity.
• We acknowledge your supremacy and might over all men. You rule in the affairs of men and guide their thoughts. Jehova-Magen (The Lord my Shield) we present our country, Biafra before you. We pray for the restoration and redemption; knowing that with You, ALL things are possible. We present the leaders of the Indigenous People Of Biafra also before you: we pray you to grant them knowledge and wisdom according to Your riches in glory.
• In the face of these brutalities and wickedness unleashed everyday on us, in our enemies’ bid to divide and keep ruling over us, we pray that truth and justice will prevail over all their evil plans. We pray for “political correctness" and "tolerance," both in our own lives and in our culture. May we never murder morality on the altar of legality; preserve our identity which is deeply rooted on the fear of God.
• We pray for the repose of the souls of our fallen heroes. We pray you oh Lord, to grant them eternal rest for the sake of your Name.
• Some trust in their horses and others in their chariots, but our trust is in you Jehova, the Maker of heaven and earth. Your Love is better than life and your mercy endures forever. We believe with our whole hearts that our prayers are already answered. In the Name of Yaweh Yeshua we pray, Amen!
By Ejike Ofoegbu
Edited By Chinedu Ewulu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers.