Lord, you know me, Henry Kachaje. This is a long prayer but I know you will listen to me till the end, so here I go…
Dear Lord, we thank you for the beautiful country you gave us called Malawi. It is a country with enough resources to enable ALL its citizens live a decent life if only we properly explored, developed and selflessly managed the abundant resources you gave us. But Lord, our country remains one of the poorest on planet earth largely due to poor leadership, lack of vision, ignorance, our laziness, corruption, theft and poor governance.
For the sake of your people of Malawi, whom you created in your own image and sent your son Jesus to die for and redeem, so that they might have abundant life. Lord I pray:
1. That you will raise men and women of integrity to positions of leadership and influence in government, politics, business, churches, civil society, villages and communities. God raise men and women with unquestionable character like Daniel of old whom “the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against him in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent,” (Daniel 6:4)
2. That you raise among us leaders with “an excellent spirit” like the one that operated in Daniel as recorded: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him.” (Daniel 6:3)
3. Lord we desire to have leaders with special knowledge and wisdom, who will know what to do to get our country out of abject poverty. Like the men of Issachar: “from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32)
4. Lord, we pray that you will raise men and women like Joseph with wisdom and knowledge to preserve food to last us seven years of hunger should there be such prolonged drought. (Genesis 41:48-49)
5. Lord, we pray you give wisdom to our leaders so that we can live in peace, in safety and in plenty as you enabled the children of Israel under the leadership of King Solomon where, “During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree… they ate, they drank and they were happy” (1Kings4:20, 24, 25)
6. Lord, we desire to be a hardworking and industrious people that will never accept poverty as our lot but to be industrious as “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4); “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)
7. Lord we pray that you will continue to expose ALL corruption, theft and fraud that have paralysed our efforts to develop. We pray that all corrupt, selfish and evil men and women in churches, business, government and politics must peacefully step down from all positions of power and influence.
Should there be any corrupt people, thieves or evil people that cling to power and positions of influence for selfish reasons, Lord, rebuke and expose their wickedness. Let them repent and do evil no more.
But if they refuse to repent and they still want to hold on to power and positions of authority with evil intent, to continue to plunder, steal and rob our national resources, as a last resort, Lord we pray like your servant David prayed;
“Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.
May his days be few; ay another take his place of leadership.
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.
May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labour.
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.
May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth. (Psalm 109:6-15)
In Jesus name I have prayed, Amen and Amen!