In a conversation with a friend a week ago I discovered that many Christians in Ghana do not see it a responsibility to pray for the nation –the peace, economy or leadership. Many people hold the shocking view that the onus falls on those leading the country or the church leaders to pray for the country. Well I have some sad news for idealists who hold this opinion; it is neither the job of the pastor nor that of the minister to pray for the church but the responsibility of every believer who is a citizen of or ambassador to any nation.
“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” –Jeremiah 29:7
Often we overlook the context of the verse as we read or quote the scriptures and other times we are just ignorant to what the scriptures say about a particular situation. Now, a quick look at Jeremiah 29:7 would show God telling the Israelites (each person) to say a prayer for the nation. However, at the time of this said word, the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon and had a few more years to go on their exile payment slip. They had leaders amongst them who oversaw community engagements even in captivity but when the Word of God came, it was for the whole assembly of Israel.
Not to bore you with biblical drama, but whether foreigner or indigene, you have a responsibility as a believer to pray for the peace of your nation. If you happen to be in Ghana at this moment or have family and friends you care about here then you ought to remember that praying for the nation is your responsibility as well.
Say a prayer for the peace of Ghana, for in the peace thereof you shall obtain peace.
Psalm 122:6-9 (NIV)
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.