To pray or to Work; The influence of prayer on achievement




                                    ‘The secret of happiness is not “being great” – the secret is “growth” ‘.

                                                                                                       James Altucher, Author.


In a prior piece, I attempted the task of stimulating readers thoughts about the flippancy of the over-hyped concept dubbed security in a job or employment. The concept intoxicates in how it keeps us bloated with hopes that are as false as they are delusional.

My recipe for security is responsibility. Making decisions about our careers and by extension our finances and taking the right steps to safeguard our well-being today and in the future, with the full knowledge that we are utterly responsible for the ultimate outcome. Check out the post here if you haven’t.

Lethargy and complacency build up over time as we conjure up images of safety and comfort amidst the familiarity of a regular paycheck. We become inured to the need to learn and adapt to the changes in our fields. The obsolescence that set in births insecurity in our personalities and careers.

With the flame of inflation raging unabated, our paycheck is gnawed away before our very own eyes. If prudent financial counsel like delaying gratification, living below your means, saving and investing are alien to your thinking, you are more exposed to the dangers inherent in a single income source.

Resorting to prayers as the sole panacea to halting an undesirable trend is a lazy-man’s approach that is sure to squander valuable time and resources in the chase for shadows without any progress made. However unflinching and steadfast you may be in praying, you will achieve nothing if your thoughts and actions are not structured and at the ready for achievement.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo aired that sentiment when he stated inter alia that “Prayer and fasting are good, but they are not enough to lift the country except the citizens turn away from evil.” The Vice President embodies pragmatism despite being a clergyman.

Prayer though, cannot be discarded entirely as ineffectual, it serves a useful accessorial purpose. To succeed at a goal, focus and concentration are needed. They expand the influence exerted on your outcomes by the actions you take. You will have to fixate on your objective long enough to gain and sustain clarity. Prayer is as effective to the degree to which it helps attains that focus and clarity.

We are a very prayerful lot in this country. More of us think prayer the way out of a recession than economic policies. How could that be when since independence, we’ve never had religious events and places in short supply? but yet views, data and facts converge from almost every corner that our performance in terms of growth and development has been dismal to put it mildly.

One reason that has been peddled for eschewing the investigation of past administrations for corrupt practices and their eventual trial is the need to trade prying into their administration for their political and diplomatic experience and goodwill. In addition to his experience, Former Head of state, Yakubu Gowon is taking prayers a step further with his Nigeria Prays movement. Last year, he was reported to have linked the death of General Sani Abacha to the movement’s efforts giving the proximity in the timing of his(Abacha’s) death to an Ekiti rally held by the Movement; just several hours apart.

To employ the analogy of the ditch; your permission sought. You don’t effervesce prayers when you dig your way down the abyss. First step is to stop digging and then work your way out. If you chose to sandwich prayer mid-way, fine. But to sit down the chasm in earth-quacking prayer mode hoping for response from somewhere is an act in futility.

Success is found in work; serious work. Nothing short of that will take you anywhere.

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