The Prayers That Influenced Me

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Deolu Akinyemi

It’s been quite a while that I have written, it hasn’t been out of having nothing to write, it’s has been out of being extremely busy. I hate this type of business, working on so many things at the same time, some of them great things and not having sufficient time to communicate or update the world about them. New Nigeria Club has been matching on beautifully, we have in our tracks covered a lot of things we planned to do, and are doing more by the day. We have been able to spread our tentacles into a lot more opportunities for members, we were able to get investment opportunities for members and our weekly meetings have tipped and we have changed the venue from an unfilled 250 sitter hall into packing full one that can accommodate 1500 people at a sitting every Sunday and a lot more. We are currently concluding the acquisition of the New Nigeria City, and working on putting the New Nigeria City Ltd together as a management company that will be co-owned by New Nigeria Club members. God has been good, and things have been great.

Just last Sunday, I caught myself praying a prayer that currently comes to me naturally. It’s not the Lords prayer, but it’s a prayer that I have uttered with as much regularity. In fact the prayer is so much a part of me, that without thinking when I want to pray I utter the phrases to God and it causes me to think. My life is on an upward climb, and trust me, all the glory belongs to God. I have come this far, and will go further, not by my genius or by my strength, but by God’s grace and his answers to prayers. I remember I wrote a similar article some time ago, titled the songs that influenced me. I think you can learn a few things from these words of prayer, and offer them to God for yourself as well.

It’s really a simple prayer, I read excerpts of it in a book over 12yrs ago, and it’s stayed with me since then. It goes like this.

“Lord I offer myself to you wholly and completely without reservations, please do with me Lord as you please. I offer you my life, my soul, my passion, my purpose, my ambition, all that I am and all that I ever will be, I hold back nothing from you Lord, use my life for your glory and for your pleasure. Have your way with me!”

Whenever I say these words to God in prayer, it brings me back to the consciousness of the fact that I am God’s bond servant. My life is surrendered willingly to do all that God considers His will. I do not have a life of my own, I belong to God! It reminds me that I will ever function at my best, only when I am aligned with God’s will and God’s way. It reminds me that when I’m not giving God pleasure I’m not living right, it reminds me that God can make a demand for my life, my time and my resources at any time as I have surrendered my ability to choose in that area. It means that I cannot partition my life into segments, and say like some that I have a social life, an academic life, a business life and then a spiritual life. My life has been offered completely without reservations, without anything left for me. I am sold out… 100%. All the aspects of my life must be aligned. It also reminds me however, that when I do great things and people marvel, it is not I, but the one that owns my life and drives it the way that He wills. I am not ordinary, I am not alone, I am not my own master, I am not all that you see. My life is the testimony of how useful we become, when we allow God to make use of us.

It may not appear clearly to the order of the Pharisees and Sadducees – these are they who have all their lives expected a new day, but in a different way. There are many in this generation, who long for better tomorrows for their children, who believe that great things will happen in Nigeria, in Africa and they will be eyewitnesses to the birthing of a new day, but many of them refuse to plug-in into the plan of God because the messiah comes in a manger, and is not adorned with military prowess. Because the longed for salvation on Sunday, but it decided to show up during the week. They looked to see the cloak, but all they saw was a pen. The waited for an ordination, but all they hear is a voice.

A new day is here my friend, and the people that are qualified to be a part of it are those who are completely sold out, and are willing to perish their egos and caprices for the masters will. Pray it together with me daily ….

“Lord I offer myself to you wholly and completely without reservations, please do with me Lord as you please. I offer you my life, my soul, my passion, my purpose, my ambition, all that I am and all that I ever will be, I hold back nothing from you Lord, use my life for your glory and for your pleasure. Have your way with me!”

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