Does prayer with fasting really change the course of nations?

The answer is a resounding YES!! This short prayer study cannot contain a fraction of real-life testimonies of the divine intervention which corporate fasting and praying has wrought in changing the history of nations through the ages. Let me recommend that you read the three books listed below, and be blessed in wonder and amazement at the true accounts of how God has intervened in national affairs apart from those recorded in the Bible. And all these interventions were triggered by corporate fasting and praying…

  1. Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince
  2. Rees Howells: Intercessor by Norman Grubb
  3. Hand on the Helm by Katherine Pollard Carter

But let me relate just two instances –

1/ From the book, “Hand on the Helm”

The Silent Minute of Prayer was an idea dropped into the heart of an army major during the second World War and it became adopted by the government of Sir Winston Churchill and the Parliament as well as the ruling monarch, King George the Fifth. Everyone in the British Isles was to join in a one-minute prayer at 9pm. Church bells would toll and later the Big Ben would boom on radio as reminders  and everyone would stop and pray for one minute, asking God for victory for the Allied forces and an end to the war.

The effect of this corporate prayer could not be quantified and many testimonies followed, many of which are related in the above-listed books. However, the greatest proof that those silent single minute of corporate prayers worked, was summarized in one testimony – Two Nazi spies were captured after the Allies won the war, and during their interrogation by their victors, they asked a strange question, somewhat like this – “Can you please tell us what devastating military weapon you used every day at 9pm during the war? It was the only weapon you allied forces used for which we Nazis had no weapon to counter and neutralize nor discover by much military intelligence!” Wow! The power of concerted fervent regular prayers!

Now, don’t forget that Hitler was said to be an ardent Satanist and his deadly power was sourced from the devil. That was his power-base, the altar of iniquity where he drew those terribly cruel inspirations against the Jews from; but this was effectively cut off every night at 9pm by God’s intercontinental ballistic missiles released in response to the prayers of the desperate British. Hitler’s power-source, his satanic altar was gradually whittled down and eventually dismantled and neutralized, and his source of satanic power fueling the war was cut off IN THE SPIRIT REALM! That then weakened Hitler’s army and made it a piece of cake for the struggling Allied Forces to coast to victory!

Remember also that these destroying marauders by whatever name they are called also use demonic powers in that talismans and other fetish materials are usually found with them along with their guns and bows and arrows and machetes and other physical weapons they use. Our security forces are only trained and equipped to counter and neutralize physical weapons, not spiritual and mystical ones. Only the concerted fervent and corporate prayers of we Believers can do that…with fasting, preferably!

2/ From the book, Rees Howells: Intercessor –

Another fascinating story from the Second World War – The war was fierce in North Africa as the Allied Forces sought to guard some crucial infrastructure which the Nazis needed to capture. The allies were losing ground and God alerted that great intercessor, Rev Rees Howells, all the way in Wales, UK. He was the founder and Rector of the famous Bible School of Wales and so he had a perfect setting and gathering of Believers for effective corporate praying programs. Without having any clue of the details, he suddenly knew that day that God wanted him to intercede for an event happening at the war front and he gathered his students and they began to groan and pray for hours until he felt a release in his spirit that the deed was done, whatever it was.

Now, this was what happened on the battle-field about the same time-frame – The Allies were losing and the Nazis were advancing rapidly and retreat was difficult somehow for the Allies. Then one day, the Allies virtually and helplessly watched the Nazis approaching them, running towards them and they felt all was lost! Then they got the shock of their lives – the Nazis were now eyeball to eyeball with them but they were rather dropping their guns and weapons and surrendering to the Allies with hands lifted up! And when they got to the Allied troops, they rather fell on them, snatched their water-cans and began to guzzle down their drinking water! Wow! What happened? The Nazi troops had run out of drinking water in the hot North African desert and, at some point they had seen some newly laid water-pipes in the sand and they quickly guzzled the water down, before realizing that it was salty sea water which was being used to test-run the pipes! The salt in sea water causes reverse-osmosis which then drives a thirsty person almost mad with more thirst!


#1/ We need a war song for the fight; and one war chant which I have used to great effect lately is Nathaniel Bassey’s “Yeshua HaMashiach! Lion of Judah! Agu Neche Mba!” Meaning “Jesus, The Anointed One! The mighty Lion that watches over the nations” It’s on YouTube.

#2/ We need a song to lament to the Lord and ask for His help, telling Him we are totally helpless without Him – a sober hard fact and solid truth! I believe “I run to You” by Oche Jonkings will be a good one for us to use corporately to cry to God in our helplessness. It’s on YouTube as well.

#3/ We need to repent for the sins of Nigeria –

Joel 2:12,13 Now, therefore,” says the Lord , “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

 We need to repent for the sins of Nigeria, both ancestral and personal, especially the sins of idolatry which is majorly what brings the wrath and curse of God upon a people and their generations. Ex.20:2-5. The worst Nigerian reality presently is that idolatry has been brought into the Church and Christians have failed in our responsibility to be light and salt to our continent! Posted on YouTube are frank confessions of some repentant pastors and their followers, of the awful fetish things they did to get power!

Daniel 9:3-19 is a good Scripture to use for national repentance.

#4/ Let us ask God for mercy on our land –

Rev.1:5 …Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Ex.12:23 For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over (cover over) the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.

Let us ask God for mercy on our land and a washing of the precious Blood of Jesus, shed for Nigeria on Calvary. Let us ask that the Blood of Jesus would mark the gates of Nigeria – the land gates, the air gates and the marine gates – as the Blood of the Passover Lamb marked the gates of the houses of the Israelites in Egypt on Passover Night such that God Himself rebuked the destroyer and protected the entrances of the houses marked with The Blood. Let us ask God to secure the borders of our nations and let The Voice of The Blood rebuke the marauders from wandering into our land to steal, kill, and destroy.

#5/ Renewing our covenant with YAHWEH, the Man of War….

Hos.2:16-23 And it shall be, in that day,” Says the Lord , “ That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, And they shall be remembered by their name no more. In that day I will make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, With the birds of the air, And with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, To make them lie down safely. “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord . “It shall come to pass in that day That I will answer,” says the Lord ; “I will answer the heavens, And they shall answer the earth. The earth shall answer With grain, With new wine, And with oil; They shall answer Jezreel. Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ”’

 Eph.2:12-19 …that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

 We must take this war against the incursion of these children of Belial as an all-out war and so we need the whole of creation to fight along with us because we are dealing with enemies that gather and hide, both in our forests and even among us, even recruiting our youths into their rag-tag army! In the quest of God to deliver His People from Egyptian bondage, God used the whole of creation – the heavens, the earth, waters of the Red Sea and so on. Ex. Chs. 6-12 & 14. In the wilderness, the earth fought for Moses against internal and external enemies, and swallowed up his enemies at some point. In the war of the Israelites against Sisera, a war led by Deborah even though Barak was the army chief, the heavenlies fought along with the army as well as the river Kishon which swept some of the enemies away! Judg.5:20,21. In the war of David’s army against Absalom his rebellious son, the vegetation, the forests fought along with David’s army. 2Sam.18:7,8. In the war of Joshua against the enemies of Israel’s allies, the Gibeonites, God opened His armoury in the heavens and cast great hailstones on the coalition of enemies that fought against Joshua’s army and neutralized many more than their weapons killed. Jos.10:11; Job 38:22,23.

God was able to put the whole of creation in array to fight for Israel time and time again till date because of the covenant of Son-ship He has with them. This covenant makes the whole of creation stand at attention for them whenever they are not in rebellion against God. We as Believers also have a covenant with God, as sons of the heavenly Father and the Bride of His precious Son. This covenant is spoken of in the Hosea passage quoted above. We now need to remind God of this covenant which kicks in from the day we jettison our ancestral gods and follow Christ home to be reconciled with His Father and become part of His Household, as Apostle Paul traced for us in the letter to the Ephesians quoted above.

Now, the Bible is really a war manual and all we need to do here is to quote those above Scriptures aloud to the hearing of God, Satan and all creation, and pray like this –

Father God, we the Bride of Your precious Son, The Lord Jesus, remind You of Your covenant relationship with us and ask You to command the whole of creation to begin to fight against the hidden and overt destroyers and wasters who have entered the land of Nigeria which You gave us and our fore-fathers… As children of Abraham through faith in his seed, the Christ, these enemies have become Your enemies now. So, arise against them, O God! And let these destroying  terrorists, Your enemies, scatter, scatter, scatter, in Jesus Name. Amen.

#6/ Releasing The Voice of God over Nigeria –

Psa.29:3-5 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.

Joel 2:11 The Lord gives voice before His army, For His camp is very great; For strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; Who can endure it?

 Matt.27:50,51 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split

Pray like this –

O Yahweh, the Man of War, we need Your powerful Voice to be released over all the states of Nigeria to expose whatever needful security information that is hidden so that our governments and security forces can use them to defeat with these terrorists, in Jesus Name. Let Your powerful Voice tear off all the terrorists’ demonic vail of deception and expose the location of their cells and their hidden training camps and their places of re-grouping, in Jesus Name. Let Your powerful voice reveal their devilish plans ahead so that they can be thwarted, in the Name of Jesus. Let their deceptive vails be torn off and their real plans to kill and destroy will be exposed to those they are trying to recruit, so that their devilish plans to recruit our youths will fail permanently, in Jesus Name.

 As well, we are asking You, O Man of War, to release Your Voice to call and gather Your army, Your Spiritual Watchmen, to this war; those Your faithful Children, trained Warriors whom You can trust to be used to fight valiantly in this war till victory is won, in Jesus Name. Lord, we need You to also release Your Voice into the camps and hiding places of the enemy to discomfit them and flush them out of our land, in the Name of Jesus. Let them know that You have arisen as The Mighty El Gibbor to fight for Nigeria for the sake of we Your People, so that we and our children might dwell in safety, in Jesus Mighty Name we pray, Amen!

#7/ Asking for patrol and warrior Angels to be released into Nigeria –

Zech.1:8-11 I saw by night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse, and it stood among the myrtle trees in the hollow; and behind him were horses: red, sorrel, and white. Then I said, “My lord, what are these?” So the angel who talked with me said to me, “I will show you what they are. ” And the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to walk to and fro throughout the earth.” So they answered the Angel of the Lord , who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, “We have walked to and fro throughout the earth, and behold, all the earth is resting quietly.”

Zech.6:1-8 ‘Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze. With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot dappled horses—strong steeds. Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” And the angel answered and said to me, “These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth. The one with the black horses is going to the north country, the white are going after them, and the dappled are going toward the south country.” Then the strong steeds went out, eager to go, that they might walk to and fro throughout the earth. And He said, “Go, walk to and fro throughout the earth.” So they walked to and fro throughout the earth. And He called to me, and spoke to me, saying, “See, those who go toward the north country have given rest to My Spirit in the north country.”’

Pray like this –

Father God, we need You to release these patrol and warrior Angels on horses and those riding in those war chariots into Nigeria, to patrol our beautiful nation which You gave us, full of hidden riches and fruits of the earth which are yet mostly untapped. Let Your heavenly Warriors quench the rage of all these terrorists marauding all over our land, destroying lives and property, in Jesus Name. let their future plans be exposed and over-turned and let Your peace be enforced all over Nigeria so that we can live peaceably in order to be free from all fear and trouble so that we can fulfil Your mandate of carrying The Gospel to the ends of the earth, in the Name of Jesus. Let us live and not die, O God! Let Nigeria live and not die, O God, to proclaim Your goodness and Your works to the ends of the earth, in Jesus Name, Amen!!


Let’s proclaim this Psalm for our beloved Nigeria, personalizing the Word for our beloved land ..


It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes. (Various wasters and destroyers) surrounded (Nigeria), But in the name of the Lord (we) will destroy them. They surrounded (Nigeria), Yes, they surrounded (us); But in the name of the Lord (we) will destroy them. They surrounded (Nigeria) like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord (we) will destroy them. (They) pushed (us) violently, that (Nigeria) might fall, But the Lord helped (us). The Lord is (Nigeria’s) strength and song, And He has become (our) salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous (all over Nigeria); The right hand of the Lord does valiantly (on our behalf). The right hand of the Lord is exalted (over all the states of Nigeria); The right hand of the Lord does valiantly (in Nigeria). (Nigerians) shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord. Amen and Amen!!



Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Culled from another article on this blog – “Arise, O Africa! Resist and reject the invasion of the waters and destroyers!”


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