Views & Reviews
On Fasting and Prayer for Indo-Naga Political Problem
It is encouraging to see the clarion call by the Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) and the Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM, the apex body of Ao churches) for fasting and prayer on the 23rd of October, 2019 (Wednesday) for an honourable solution to the protracted Indo-Naga Political Problem. The Naga public always feel that the churches should not shy away from the socio-political, economic and other social issues of the present day Naga society. Therefore, I feel that this is a right step towards that end. However, let’s all remember that church can only take the initiative from a Biblical perspective and not otherwise. As such, CNC has rightly quoted Psalm 34:17 which says, “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” On the other hand, ABAM quoted James 5:16 that says, “…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
Now the Nagas in general are confronted with the big question of how righteous are we before God so that He will listen to our prayers. Therefore, unworthy as I am and with my simple faith, I’d like to express my feelings that we must first repent from our wicked ways and pray for true forgiveness from God.
Secondly, Nagas badly needed committed and visionary leaders like Moses and Aaron during the times of Old Testament. Thirdly, this is the right time for the Nagas to show our unity to the world and prove that God Almighty is still on our side and win the hearts of the millions of non-Christian friends. I believe all these are possible only if we pray and worship our Almighty God in truth and in spirit with a pure heart and righteous mind. May the Grace of God be sufficient enough for the Nagas despite our wicked ways and sinful nature and acts.
Dr M. Temjen Longkumer
Lerie Colony, Kohima