As I watched the news reports of the bombing in the Bayero University in Kano unfolding throughout today, I recalled that a story is not complete until all angles are covered.
This is a national tragedy. How long will we allow our younger generations to be destroyed? It is not the first time an event of this type has happened but we want it to be the last. How? Simple - we must follow a different direction if we want a different result.
What, then, is that direction?
Unknown to many people, far from Kano on the outskirts of Lagos, moments before the bombing occurred, one congregation was rising to their feet to pray for protection of youth in Nigeria, asking God's intervention in an attack that was about to occur. The place was The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and the man that brought the vision was Prophet T.B. Joshua. In a sudden shift from the current happenings inside the auditorium, the pastor quickly changed the course of the service and asked the congregation to stand to their feet in prayer. He first addressed the youth in Nigeria and mentioned an attack. The congregation began fervant prayer for protection, believing God for mercy.
A short time later, news came that the university in Kano had been bombed and shooting had taken place. And among the scores of people gathered that day for worship, 8 were fatally injured.
What can we say about this? Only God knows how many were marked for death this morning. Only God knows how many were spared because of the prayers of His people who were gathered in one auditorium in a distant state and those gathered around Emmanuel TV, which was broadcasting the service live. They followed a different direction - they asked God for protection and mercy. I believe they achieved a result - many were spared this day.
We must believe that God is speaking through His servants today and we must come to them for guidance, direction and assistance. God put His Word in the mouths of His servants to bring freedom, blessing and peace. Let us seek out these servants of God on a national level and ask them to guide us, direct us and assist us through God's Word.
We have seen that there is a prophet in our midst. Let us make use of God's servant in our midst while the grace is there.