Blog - November 20, 2022
Day 20 : The November Happiness Challenge 2022
Off the top of my head, the song that comes in when I see or think of this topic is :”Prayer is the key, Prayer is the key, Prayer is the master key
“, which is a popular christian song that we all learnt while growing up. It was fun to sing because of the rythm it had and it wasn’t hard to learn the words at all. Thinking of it now, it isn’t just a song, it is a very powerful message that carries a deep meaning, because truly, Prayer is the master key. It isn’t a coincidence that this topic is also coming on a Sunday, which is considered a holy day.
I first got introduced to Prayers when I was little, it was a learning by followership situation as I saw my parents and people around me always saying their prayers and I followed suit. I didn’t really understand what it meant, it was just a routine that I knew I had to follow as it was the right thing. Understanding the importance of Prayers started dawning when I was about writing my final exams in Secondary school. You know what they say, we all remember God better when we seek His help or when we are in fear about something. Yes, that was my situation, I didn’t want to fail WAEC and I just knew I had to talk to a higher body to seek His help, which other way to do this than to intensify my prayers which weren’t so frequent before.
Fortunately for me, I got to the University and met a lady who we clicked immediately. She was very conscious of our religion and didn’t joke with her prayers at all. I liked her a lot because she was there for me in many ways and I really admired her kindness and approach to things. She started living in my hostel and was directly opposite my room. She’d wake me in the morning and implore me to pray, and this would go on for the entire day. It was such a subtle and yet beautiful approach, as I didn’t mind being like her at all.
I became the person who wouln’t go a day without saying her complete prayers and If night came without me being through, I’d feel an emptiness and ensure that I completed it. This was my journey to the perfection of my prayers and even though I can’t consider myself perfect right now, I am thankful that I have really come a long way and I am now that person who people look at and get encouraged to say their prayers. It is very beautiful and liberating, I tell you. If you pray constantly and you maintain good behaviour while at it, I promise you that you’d live a lighter and more fulfilling life.
Someone once said that saying your prayers is bare minimum and I had to refute that. I understand that in the religion I practise, one of the most important things that make you identify with the religion is observing the obligatory prayers, but I do not think that it is bare minimum. If it was, many people wouldn’t struggle with it so much and everyone would find it easy to do. Also, the many injunctions that come with being genuine and complete with your prayers already cover how to avoid sins and be a better person all through. How can this be bare minimum?
I pray about the most random things, simple things that you’d laugh about when you hear them. I have seen responses to prayers within the twinkle of an eye and I have also been in situations where I had to wait for a long time before seeing a semblance of my prayer being answered. An example of a prayer being answered immediately is one time I was standing under the sun at Ajah when I still lived in Lagos. Many cars were passing by filled to the brim and it seemed like I was going to get to work late, I didn’t know what to do and the sun was really scorching. I started saying a prayer to God to send me a car that could take me even if it was almost filled up and alas a car stopped for someone to alight. I went into the car and the driver was talking about how the person was going elsewhere and I was lucky to get it. I was so thankful! To me, my prayer worked at that moment and no one can tell me otherwise o. I have many such examples.
I understand and admit that it can be very tough when we keep praying and we don’t seem to see any immediate result, and then it begins to look like we are just praying in vain. Please, don’t relent or lose hope, God has you covered and always remember that a No could be an answered prayer to. Perhaps you plan for something and God has a bigger plan for you, and who is the best of planners? You know the answer. We are mortals, and if we are believers, we need to constantly hold on to our belief in God and that He would surely answer our prayers. When in doubt, in need, overjoyed, sad, happy, confused, excited ,overwhelmed, feeling good, e.t.c, please pray!
Do not joke with your prayers, they really work and we should be seen and known as the prayerful ones. Find your own way of speaking to your God and tell Him your requests. He listens!
What is your relationship with Prayers? Do you believe in Prayers? Do you believe that they work? You can also share an instance of answered prayer that you have expereienced.
I’ll be back. OBA