As Nigeria celebrates its 57th Independence anniversary today, clerics sought divine intervention for the country’s positive development, captured in 57 prayers.
Heavenly Father, we have sinned against you as a nation. Forgive us and heal our land. Give us the grace to pursue peace and holiness, without which no one shall see You. Bless our nation and leaders. Help our political, spiritual and traditional leaders to be agents of peace and unity. —Reverend Jibrin Joshua, Chairman, CAN, Yobe State.
Lord, may your love and grace be upon our nation. Grant us the heart to care for those who are in need. Save us from self destruction and may we all seek the welfare of all humanity. —Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Executive Director, Nigerian Inter Faith Action Association, Methodist Bishop and President, Vision Africa.
May the Lord God Almighty cleanse Nigeria from all unrighteousness, heal our land, cancel every evil plan against the country, and destroy every satanic influence or bondage holding Nigeria down from breaking forth unto true federalism, equity, peace, progress, success and satisfaction.
—Primate (Dr) Rufus Okikiola Ositelu, The Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide, Ogere-Remo, Ogun State.
God of Heaven, defend religious leaders from the devil’s trap to worship mammon and desire cheap popularity rather than serve righteously and selflessly. Make them true shepherds of the people and may they show compassion to the poor and less privileged in the society, and diligently work with government to eradicate the scourge of misery from our society. —Reverend Fr Felix Adedigba, Communications Director, Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan.
I pray for the Lord to raise Josephs who have the divine revelation of how to reorganise and revamp our economy. —Pastor Niyi Ojedokun of the RCCG and President, Christian Leadership Mobilisation Organisation International
God will bless this nation Nigeria. The peace of God will reign forever in this nation. God will comfort, heal and provide for those who have lost loved ones, properties and businesses to religious and ethnic violence. —Pastor/Evangelist Joseph Sanyaolu, No More Tears Evangelical & Miracles Ministry
Forgive us O God and help us by your divine intervention to overcome our problems. Touch the hearts of our leaders and let the followers seek the good of one another. Give us humility of purpose in all things. Let Nigeria be worth living for us. —Very Reverend Olusoji Mewoyeka, Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Ibadan.
May God intercede for the development of the nation and its people from socioeconomic and political challenges. —Pastor Taiye Aransiola, United Evangelical Miracle Church, Ilorin
God of this chosen nation, deliver Nigeria from the hands of the ‘powerful’ enslaving Nigerians in spiritual and physical realms. May the peace of God that passeth all understanding, reign perpetually, and may Nigeria remain blessed as destined. —Bishop Bankole Fabusoro, The Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship)
I pray that this country is truly and really great. May all negative establishments in Nigeria be uprooted and God’s own righteousness prevail and may the peace of God be the portion of Nigeria henceforth. —Superior Evangelist Ajai Israel Owoeye, Shepherd, Celestial Church of Christ, Last Boat
May Nigeria be set free from bondage, experience peace, greatness and blessing. —Most Superior Evangelist (Pro.) Ayo Adeyemi, Archdiocese of CCC, Ondo and Ekiti.
O God, thank you for your plans for Nigeria. I pray you will help keep the nation together as one. I pray you will help restore the dignity of this nation you gave us. —Pastor Sunday Adelaja, Embassy of God Church, Ukraine.
May God grant us the grace to move closer to Him, the wisdom to respect each other and live in peace and harmony. May we experience unity, equity, justice and fairness. —Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, of Enugu Anglican Diocese.
As Nigeria turns 57, may God revive our ailing economy, spiritual, moral, social and educational life, such that our glory shall be fully restored. May the fear of God be embedded in our life-stream in Nigeria. I pray that righteousness and hatred for corruption will be our guiding principle so that God will exalt us again. —Reverend (Dr) Lekan Babatunde, General Overseer, Jesus Is King Ministries.
God will bless this nation Nigeria. The peace of God will reign forever in this nation. God will comfort, heal and provide for those who have lost loved ones, property and businesses to religious and ethnic violence. —Pastor/Evangelist Joseph Sanyaolu, No More Tears Evangelical & Miracles Ministry.
May God make Nigerians see themselves as one, live in peace, devoid of acrimony and rancour. —Evangelist John Nwobodo
May God grant Nigeria good leadership and sound fellowship; may He enable Nigerians to arise to move forward, depart from corruption, and do what is right at all times. —Pastor Ademola Popoola, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Ilorin District Headquarters.
We pray God to restore the glory of this country that we lost through corruption; revive the hope we lost through unfaithfulness and ungodliness; renew the strength we lost through tribalism, that this nation will rise and advance in the path of peace, progress and prosperity. —Bishop Joseph Folorunso Osifuwa, MCN, Oyo Diocese.
Father, we thank you for the wonderful grace of keeping this country together for so long. May all forces of darkness trying to disintegrate this country fail. Lord, turn this country into a land flowing with milk and honey. —Pastor (Dr) Gbade Ojo, Sanctuary of Christ Evangelical Church.
May God give our leaders ability and sense of faithfulness and enable them to be responsible in their assignment of developing the nation. May He grant Christians the grace to carry out God’s plan of reconciliation and redemption of the world. —Reverend Love Adebiyi, Senior Pastor, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Chapel, Ilorin.
Our heavenly father, let peace begin to reign in our country. May every agenda of darkness be nullified. Uphold our leaders, and let the spirit of love overshadow this nation. Let the glory of this nation manifest and let us have cause to glorify Your name. —Pastor Olushola Emmanuel, Regional Overseer, Mountain of Fire Miracle Ministry, South-West 54, Akure.
By the word of God, we frustrate every orchestrator of evil in Nigeria, planning and working against the peace and prosperity of this country. Let their plans and efforts be frustrated upon this land. We allow only the will of God on this land henceforth, in Jesus’ Name. —Pastor Ayomide Akinyede, Senior Pastor, Goodly Heritage Christian Assembly Inc., Delta State
O God Almighty, we thank You for Your love for our nation Nigeria and for all the good things happening among us. I pray that You take away all the evils and ills of our society. Grant us the heart to love, tolerate and understand one another. Let there be peace, unity, righteousness, justice and progress in our nation. —Bishop Edoka Amuta, Methodist Church Nigeria, Lagos
May God show leaders and followers the right path to take for the greater benefit of all. —Prophet Peter Oladipo, C&S Movement Church, Ipetu-Igbomina.
I pray God ministers into the affairs of this nation and give people the faith, courage and confidence to always look unto Him in all situations and circumstances. —Pastor Aremu Abioye, Ark of God Covenant Faith Bible Ministry, Amayo, Ilorin.
I wish Nigeria well at 57 and may God grant us the grace to be close to Him. —Pastor Dan Obinabo, Christian Prayer Ministry, Enugu.
May God bless Nigeria more than the worldly expectations. May the enemies of this blessed nation hear about the miracles which God will perform. We shall live long to see the fall of all those who plan to destroy its glory. —Bishop (Dr) J.A. Ajetunmobi, Anglican Diocese of Ibadan-South.
May God touch the minds of leaders to stop perpetration of injustice in the land. —Pastor Oko Samuel, Riches of Grace Ministry.
Dear Father, have mercy on us as you always do. May Nigeria experience peace now and in the years to come. Give our leaders understanding of servant leadership and help them to sacrifice to take our nation to a place of greatness. Give us a new generation of children and young people who truly fear you and live by kingdom values needed to build an enviable nation. —Adekunle Adenipekun, Missionary in Burundi, Fullstature Missions International.
Let your glory be upon Nigeria, Lord. In your mercy, turn around our situation. We pray that you put your fear in our hearts. Heal our land of all vices and give us your peace. We also pray for moral and spiritual rebirth, economic prosperity and genuine love. Guide and direct all those who are in position of authority. May the celebration of the 57th Independence anniversary bring good things into Nigeria. —Bishop Obafemi Adeleye, MCN, Diocese of Kwara.
Dear father, we pray that as we celebrate this 57th independence anniversary, this nation will experience true freedom. Deliver her from the hands of economic saboteurs, political rogues and set her free from the hands of narrow-minded politicians. Bring to remembrance the evils done to the common wealth of this nation by these evil politicians and judge them accordingly. Let our youths know you and arise to glorify your name.
—Reverend Kevin-Israel Adeniyi, Francophone Global Missions.
Lord, we ask that you forgive us as a nation and heal our land. We ask that you help us realise our mistakes, admit sincerely that we have sinned, and have the courage to change our ways so that we will truly enjoy your manifold blessings in this land. —Pastor Samuel Ayuba, Good News Church, Riverside, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Nigeria, Hear this. Your destiny shall not be terrified again; your glory is librated, your land is healed; your destiny shall flourish; you are free from every satanic bondage; no more pain in our land again; your sun shall rise again and you shall be known as ‘wonder’ among other nations. —Pastor Makinwa J. Olumide, Zonal Superintendent, CAC Fountain of Love Zone and Chairman, Bible Society of Nigeria, Oyo Area.
Almighty God, Father of all creation, continue to strengthen governance in Nigeria and grant us peace at all times. —Very Reverend Kolade Fadahunsi, Director, Institute of Church and Society, Ibadan.
We are grateful to God for preserving us as a nation. May His mercy continue to keep us and may peace prevail over our nation. —Pastor (Mrs) Toyin Bassey, Foursquare Gospel Church, Ketu District, Araromi Zone, Lagos.
Eternal and our sovereign Lord, give to all our leaders wisdom and sensitivity to rule with fairness, and help them to work for unity, progress, fairness and common good of all and sundry. Help this nation take its rightful place among the comity of nations. —Very Reverend Ayodele Oladehinde Joseph, Immanuel College of Theology.
I pray for Nigeria’s singles, for them to know the purpose of God for their existence in life. May we marry right and bring forth godly seed who will uphold the unity and the honour of our dear country. —Mrs Elizabeth Oluwatosin Togun, The Hope For Generations Ministry.
We pray for God’s blessings on Nigeria. We pray against every element or persons that don’t want a corrupt-free nation. —Pastor Jospeh Adelakun (Ayewa).
I decree that the purpose of God shall stand in Nigeria and every form of insecurity shall be brought to an end. God will abort every evil conceived in the womb of darkness concerning Nigeria’s security. —Reverend Andrew Olajide, St. Peter’s Anglican Church.
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that you would bless us with your spirit of unity in our nation. Fill us with Your spirit of love and unity.
—Reverend Adeboye Noah Oyelere, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Odo-Ona, Ibadan.
I pray there will be peace in our nation. I speak progress, divine intervention over our country. I decree that whatever the forces benefiting from this nation’s problems be exposed in the name of Jesus. Nigeria will fulfill her purpose and arrive at its God-given destination. —Reverend Bayode Olubo, founder, House of Favour Church.
O Nigeria, may the good Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord will make his face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee. The Lord will lift up his countenance upon thee and proclaim peace unto thee. The Lord shall watch over the youth and strengthen our leaders. —Pastor Adekola Ilesanmi, C.A.C.
Almighty God, keep our nation under the shadow of Thy wings until the calamities plaguing her are overcome. Let the hearts of citizens be fixed on you and let your glory be revealed in Nigeria. —Very Revd (Prof) Tola Oduyale, Chaplain, Olabisi Onabanjo University.
I pray for more good health, strength and wisdom for President Muhammadu Buhari. I also pray that God will continue to expose those who want to make this country ungovernable for him. —Pastor Claudius Olaiya, CAC, Gbaremu Centre.
We still have the opportunity and grace to go to the Lord and He is ready to forgive all our inequities on one condition. That condition is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and if we do that, I’m assuring all that Nigeria will come back to life. —Pastor Joseph Akin Akinade, C.A.C., Lion of Judah, Ibadan Headquarters.
Give Nigeria rest o Lord. May God deliver Nigeria from the sin of bloodletting. May God grant Nigeria peace. —Prophet Muideen Moses Kasali, Founder, Hour of Mercy Ministry Worldwide (Oke Alasoyeri).
I commit our dear nation into the unfailing hands of God. I believe strongly that Nigeria shall be saved and her people shall live in peace and prosperity again in Jesus mighty name. —Pastor (Mrs) Bose Ogundimu, Senior Area Pastor, Decross Gospel Mission Church.
As Nigeria turns 57, God will visit the country with reshuffling, rearrangement and readjustment, especially in the high places. Those who have afflicted Nigeria will see the wrath of God soon. Nigeria will see the hand of God. —Prophet James Omitade, GO, Holy Trinity Authority Prophetic Ministry International.
O Heavenly Father, we cry for your mercy over this nation Nigeria, and we call upon you to defend the poor and the needy. Deliver this nation from the manipulations of the powers of darkness. —Reverend Daniel Muomah.
May God Almighty grant Nigeria His mercy. And His mercy shall work for us in the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen. —Prophet Sam Olu Alo, Grace of Mercy Prayer Mountain.
Almighty God, give our women courage to take their rightful place in the leadership and building of Nigeria. Forgive us for all the atrocities meted against women. Forgive all the decay in morality that had found expression in this nation through women. Grant us the grace to identify, appreciate and maximise Your given potentials in our women. —Reverend Austin Ifezue.
O Lord, heal our children’s spirit, soul and body. Help all stakeholders to take personal responsibility and restore to us sanity, unity, faith, peace and progress. —Reverend Anuoluwa Priestley Adesubomi, Nigeria Prayer Squad Academy.
O God, deliver Nigeria from wicked leaders and lay your Hand on the country to deliver it from the evil of same s3x marriage. —Bishop (Dr) Joy Haastrup, Presiding Chancellor, Continental Bible University College.
Father, turn the heart of this nation again towards you, that we will seek your face and trust in you as our Saviour and our God. Heal Nigeria of corruption, wickedness, greed, poverty and rebelliousness. Let your revival fire that will provoke mass response to righteousness sweep across this nation. —Reverend Ben Eragbai, Senior Pastor, Divine Appointment Ministry International.
May God should make our leaders and the led come closer to Him, for us (Nigerians) to live in peace and harmony. —Pastor Gregory Onwuka, God’s Glory Church, Enugu