With Rev Canon Chinemerem Uche
I am not talking about those dreams that send some people running to voodoo seers for interpretation. I am not talking about interpreting what it means to eat in the dream or what it means when a masquerade is pursuing you. O, well, even if I have to, let me say, the Lord is looking for men who would interpret such dreams with genuine intentions and not make themselves gods of men. The Lord is looking for people who would point men to Christ without using weird, queer, diabolical and heathen tools to interpreter dreams. The Lord is looking for righteous prophets who would not urge people to pray while naked facing the east or to pray with their naked bodies in the toilet. Do not be surprised at such methods of prayer, that is the next level the so called prayer warfare has been taken to. I am bold to say however that there is no record of any prayer made by Joseph while he was suffering in the hands of his brothers and the Egyptians. He prayed fervently though, but it would be absurd to say that he removed his clothes to pray in holy anger in order to show God the pain in his heart and subsequently attract a rapid response from Heaven.
In Isaiah 6:8, God declares his dream to Isaiah, and asked, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Martin Luther King Jr. was the one who made the famous declaration: “I have a dream!” He had a dream of a free America without racial discrimination. If he were alive today, he would have had another dream and the dream would have reflected the need to cleanse the United States from its warped sense of morality, which her leaders shamelessly sell to the nations that abhor sodomy. The Question asked by God in the above stated scripture indicates that the Lord wants to partner with us in fulfilling His mission for mankind. The coming of Christ to die and redeem us from sin was in fulfillment of the question: “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Today God is calling us into the ministry of reconciliation, to reconcile men to Christ, to turn the heart of men from sin unto righteousness. This is why the Lord Jesus said on the cross of Calvary, “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Christ is still thirsty; He is still waiting for us to manifest His righteousness. There is a lot of work to do in the world. The Lord’s dream of reconciling the nations to Christ has not yet been fully fulfilled. Men are still celebrating sin, men still love unrighteousness, not that we can make all men turn to Christ, but the Lord wants us to keep pressing forward with the Gospel.
I stumbled into a women prayer meeting. They were praying for safety on the road, for their husbands and for the good of Nigerians. They were all civil servants and most of them were Anglican, Methodists and Pentecostal. I was encouraged by their devotion. But one day, their leader who happens to work for an organization expressed displeasure with a fellow staff for retiring a change of ten thousand naira to the organization. Her grouse was that the money should have been “shared.” Here was a woman who believed in the efficacy of prayer but yet did not believe in returning the balance of money after purchases have been made. –The Lord has a dream of a Nigeria where civil and public servants show integrity in the management of financial resources. Those who would run with this dream should mark this: It is not going to be easy, men and women will hate you, but are you going out there to please your Lord or men? Let this hymn encourage you:
“Let the world despise and leave me, They have left my Savior, too; Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like man, untrue; And, while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love, and might, Foes may hate, and friends disown me; Show Thy face, and all is bright.”