A few years ago, most ministers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God turned up for their annual conference with two vital items: a tennis shoe and the church hymn book Hymn books are not uncommon at Christian retreats and conferences. But tennis shoes? Daddy G.O had included the tennis shoes for a planned “prayer walk.” At the right time, with Daddy G.O. leading the way, the ministers joined in the long walk across the massive Redemption Camp, the venue of the conference.
Half way through, some of the ministers were panting but Daddy was just starting. For him, the prayer walk had become a regular activity during which he sometimes covered over 10 kilometres at night. He prayed while he walked, armed with his pastor’s rod and followed by his locally bred dogs. That way, he killed several birds with one stone: physical fitness and ceaseless prayer.
But anyone who thought the regular prayer walks were all of Daddy’s prayer life would be gravely mistaken. It is only a glimpse of the attention he gives to prayer. No one, apart from Daddy himself or perhaps Mummy G.O- his prayer partner, can give a detailed account of his prayer life. Much of what is known of his prayer life is derived from his sermons, books and prayer sessions led by him at the monthly Holy Ghost Service and other major programmes. Glimpses of Daddy’s prayer life may however, reveal some characteristics in terms of content, occasion, duration and scriptural quality.
Content: Without exception, Daddy’s prayer sessions begin with praise and worship which may take up to between 70 and 90 per cent of the allotted time. He calls the Almighty by His exclusive names and titles: “The I Am That I Am; Lion of Judah; Holy One of Israel; The Alpha and Omega; The Ancient of Days; etc.
He would then praise (thank) God for his past, present and, (by faith), future deeds. Only thereafter is any fresh petition made. It is usual for him to kneel all through the period of the worship and sometimes the praise as well.
Most of his prayers are intercessory—other—centered. His personal needs hardly feature in his public prayers and this pattern is said to be replicated in his private prayers.
Occasion: For Daddy, every occasion lends itself to prayer. He prays before, during and after all his ministrations. I n between ministrations, he avoids distractions and continues in prayer, sometimes all alone and silently.
Unlike many who wind up their prayers as the benediction is made, signaling the end of a programme, Daddy continues in prayer until worshippers have safely returned to their locations, sometimes several hours or days after his ministration.
Duration: Jesus’ pattern features very much in Daddy’s prayers. His public prayers may last from a few minutes to hours, depending on the occasion. At recent monthly Holy Ghost
Services, he leads the congregation to pray for one hour after his ministration in the word. But his private prayers, apart from prayer walks, may last several hours or days at a stretch. The prayers are often complimented with equally long periods of fasting.
Scriptural Quality: Daddy is known to back up his prayers with relevant scriptures. He once prayed for a lady who had gone all the way from Lagos to Redemption Camp to see him by simply declaring the paraphrased words of Isaiah 3:10, “it shall be well with you.” The lady, a mature sister who had been trusting God for a husband, wondered if that was all she had travelled about 50 kilometres for.
Sensing her concern, like Naaman’s reluctance to wash in the Jordan at the words of Elisha, Daddy reassured her. Not long afterwards, her dream husband materialized. His prayers are mostly based on scriptures and significantly prophetic.
Daddy GO’s prayer life reflects his absolute dependence on God, not just for the next ministration, but for his entire life, family, ministry and the well being of all those around him including Nigeria and other nations of the world.