is a village we had never visited in our 20 years of evangelical outreaches. It
is located about one kilometer to the southwest of Idigba, a more prominent
village about 10 kilometers north of the Immanuel College Chapel, Ibadan, our
was Sunday march 8. Although coronavirus had made a touchdown in Lagos via an
Italian, who was destined for Ewekoro in Ogun State, not many Nigerians foresaw
the implications nationally or globally at that point. So we left the chapel
premises around 2pm and headed for Alako, led by our Chaplain, Very Revd
Ebenezer Idowu Ariyo and our Assistant Chaplain the Very Revd Joseph Ayodele.
On arrival at the village a handful of people were already waiting under huge
leafy trees, African Cherry (Agbalumo) with its tasty fruit when in season. But
the real “industrial” base of the village is the production and sale of palm
oil and palm kernel for which it is well known.
soon went round that the Mission Team from Ibadan had arrived and a stream of
people came in reaching 90 midway into the outreach.
theme of the message, delivered by Very Revd Ayodele, was “Profit In Praying”.
It is certainly profitable to pray. Otherwise Jesus would not have set time
aside, early in the morning, to pray to the Father, Mark 1:35. He was alone
when He prayed. Many people were already looking for Him because they wanted
Him to solve their problems, which nobody else could solve. Jesus knew.
was a problem-solver but He wanted to draw strength from His Father who sent
Him to the world, John 5:17. He wanted direction. He wanted power, the power to
do good, not the power to destroy. Which is why He did not drive away the leper
who approached Him asking to be healed. Rather He touched and healed him
instantly. That is power, the power which flows from divine compassion, not
some kind of selfish motive, Mk. 1:40-44.
prayer is profitable. The disciples of Jesus have probably seen the impact of
prayer in the life of their master and in the life of John the Baptist too,
which led them to ask Jesus to teach them how to pray, Lk. 11:1.
we too must always pray. Prayer is the christian staff to walk with God. This
is why Jesus encourages us to pray, telling christians to ask for their needs
and assuring them that the Father would answer their prayers, Matt. 7:7-9, Jer.
we are not supposed to be selfish when we pray. We must pray for others who are
also in need. Those needs may be the same or different from ours. Sickness,
lack, poverty, insecurity – these are challenges affecting individuals, organizations
and even the nation. We must ask for God’s intervention for those in need of
help. Remember that God is the only reliable source of help, Ps. 46:1. If you
look up to a human being for help the person may fail you but God will not
disappoint you, Ps. 121: 1-2.
you sense that the answer to your prayer is delayed you may add fasting.
Remember that God does not slumber nor sleep. He will attend to you at the
right time. However when delay turns into denial God is not to blame. He does
not listen to sinners, Isaiah 59:1-2. So at all times believers must examine
themselves, to ensure that they seek forgiveness of sin and turn a new leaf.
the end of the sermon the villagers were requested to pick from the large
volume of clothes donated by the Hope Foundation of the Redeemed Christian
Church of God, Jesus House, Baltimore, USA.
Chaplain, Very Revd Idowu Ariyo, gave the closing prayer and benediction.