Date: October 23, 2021
‘…the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!”’ (2 Chronicles 20:21 NLT)
When King Jehoshaphat saw the battle before him, he was scared. But he turned to the Lord, trusting God’s promise that he would be with them and that the battle belonged to him.
In faith, King Jehoshaphat led his army to the battlefield with singing. And as they worshipped, God delivered them – securing the victory before they even began to fight!
Use this story from 2 Chronicles 20 to inspire your prayers as we enter the second week of our Sing for Freedom campaign. We pray that God will work powerfully through our voices to bring freedom and transformation to the nation of Nigeria.
An epidemic of abductions
In 2018, when she was 14 years old, Leah Sharibu was abducted alongside 110 of her classmates by terrorists from ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province). The next month, all her surviving classmates were released except for Leah, who refused to deny her faith in Christ in exchange for freedom. She is still being held as a ‘slave for life’ – but we won’t stop calling for her freedom.
Through Sing for Freedom, we encourage you to use the power of song to raise awareness of Leah’s story, as well as the Chibok girls, the children of Bethel Baptist and many more who have been abducted from their schools by armed groups in northern and central Nigeria.
As well as praying and singing, you can also take action by signing the petition for safe schools in Nigeria.
Find out more at singforfreedom.co
In summary, please pray:
- That thousands of people are inspired to use their voices to call for the freedom of others.
- That our leaders will take notice and take action to protect schools in Nigeria from the ongoing epidemic of abductions.
- For the immediate and safe release of Leah Sharibu, the Chibok girls, and all those who are being held captive by terrorist abductors.