TITLE: Kenya National Anthem – A Prayer for Kenya
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:3-5)
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
Welcome to the #18daychallenge movement.
This is a movement committed to take 18 days to pray for Kenya in the words of the Kenya National Anthem using the KENYA NATIONAL ANTHEM DEVOTIONAL.
I know what you are thinking, the Anthem has 18 lines? Yes, it does. 18 lines to one of the most well thought, well articulated and potent prayers I have ever come across. And guess what, it is Kenyan through and through!
For many Kenyans the Kenyan National Anthem was introduced to us as law, as a compulsory component of the syllabus. We were taught to sing it since lower Primary School all through every education institution at the raising and sometimes at the lowering of the Kenyan flag. Not because we like the anthem, not because we even understood the anthem; but mostly because we did not have a choice.
Allow to reintroduce the Kenya National Anthem to you.
This Anthem is many things but for now I will let us in on two: It is a symbol of unity and it is a prayer.
The Kenya National Anthem is a symbol of unity. We only have one National Anthem for every tribe, every county, every individual in Kenya. When we sing it with pride, mostly during sporting events, we all sing one anthem. It brings us together, it binds us together.
Second and most important the Kenya National Anthem is a prayer, yes a prayer. If you sit down with the composers of the Anthem, yous see it shining in their eyes. The passion they have for the Anthem, and how sacred they hold it. How important they deem it, how precious they perceive it.
The Kenya National Anthem is a prayer. And the first line sets that out, just incase you are in doubt:
O God of all creation
We begin this potent prayer by raising our eyes up, our voices high to the God of all creation.
My challenge to you today, look for the words of the Kenya National Anthem, read through them slowly, reflectively. Then learn those words by heart: all three verses, the entire 18 lines. And next time you have an opportunity to sing the Anthem, pray through it. Pray to the God of all creation.
This is just the beginning of a journey for us as Kenyans, a journey of prayer, a journey to patriotism and nationalism.
Welcome to the a conscious singing of the Kenya National Anthem using the KENYA NATIONAL ANTHEM DEVOTIONAL.
Good morning dear future parent in-law!
I am writing to you this morning to let you know that your prayers concerning us and your future children in-law are not in vain. We as your future parents in-law have been working very hard to raise up godly children and praying that you are doing the same.
To be honest, I cannot even begin to claim that I have it all figured out. Learning on the job is the best description of this parenting journey and a lot of errors have happened. Maybe it is good that I have failed severally because as I receive grace and mercy I have also learnt to extend it to my own parents for their grievous parental errors.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John 1:14)
O God of all creation thank you for the people of Kenya, the glory of this nation. Kenya is known worldwide for athletics: there is no moment Kenyans are united as when they are supporting our athletes. The nation stands still as we cheer our men and women on the tracks and in the fields, its amazing. Not once have I found myself literally standing next to the Television, sometimes even touching it, as I urge my countrymen and women to finish and win the race.
The Only Begotten Son of God became flesh and dwelt amongst us. John writes that they beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son of God. It doesn’t mean Jesus was always shining or glaring in light but His life and speech exuded majesty, beauty, and honor. He was different, He represented a different Kingdom: and with every breathe He was true to His calling. We the people of the nation of Kenya are the glory of Kenya: not just by our mere existence but by own allegiance, our life, out conduct, our speech. When these are in line with honoring God who gave us this nation then we epitomize the meaning of this prayer line in the Kenya National Anthem.
O God of all creation, thank you for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. In Him and through Him we learn and are enabled to live honorably. We learn and are enabled to be the glory of the land of Kenya. We learn and are enabled to propagate honor. Father, help us to appropriate these and other benefits that flow from the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
Standing firm in defense of our homeland and the heritage of splendour is not about war using weapons of mass destruction no! It is a war fought God’s way: through obedience and prayer, that’s the spirit of the Kenya National Anthem. We must stand firm and defend the values passed down to us of godliness. The values of truth, the place of God’s Word and obedience to that Word. We stand firm and defend trough love. By loving our God with all our hearts, mind and strength, loving our neighbors as ourselves and loving our enemies and doing good to those who hate and hurt us.
We stand and defend our homeland of Kenya and the heritage of splendour by standing on Christ the Solid Rock! By choosing to walk on the path of holiness, by choosing not to bow down to the gods of this age – the god of money, pleasure, sex, fame, entertainment – and bowing down to the Only One and True God, YHWH! This calls for courage and strength, because standing firm in faith is not a walk in the park; especially in the present age. But be of courage and good cheer, God has overcome the world!
O God of all creation, thank you for gift of our homeland of Kenya. Our heritage of splendour. Help us to stand firm and defend it. Help us to stand firm for truth and right. Help us to study your Word and obey it even in the face of great opposition and danger. Help us to shine your light in a dark world by walking in love. In Jesus Name, Amen!
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. (Deuteronomy 8:7-10)
O God of all creation, thank you for our homeland of Kenya which is a heritage of splendour indeed! Our homeland is a heritage that God gave each and every one of us who are privileged to call this beautiful nation home. And like to the children of Israel who were also given a land of splendour by God, the call to us is to be grateful for this gift: Not to become satisfied by its fruit that we forget God the creator who gave it to us.
One just has to travel around the beatiful nation of Kenya or even look at photos or videos of the scenaries, mountains, valleys, wildlife, animals and people and you will definitely agree with the words of the Kenya National Anthem: our homeland is a heritage of splendour. Just a few years ago, half a decade and a couple of years, our land had been taken away from us by the colonialist. Our forefathers, the freedom fighters, fought to bring us back into the ownership of this land. We must at all times treasure our heritage: not just the land but the values of patriotism (peace, love and unity), hard work, fear of God and hospitality. Above all we must be thankful to God for it and for them all.
O God of all creation, thank you for our homeland of Kenya. This very heritage of splendour that you generously gave to us. Thank you. Help us to remain grateful for this gift and to daily show our gratitude in how we preserve the land and the godly values passed down to us from generations past. In Jesus Name, Amen
Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17)
O God of all creation, thank you for the good gift that is our homeland Kenya. I don’t know how many of us have ever reflected on our homeland Kenya as a gift, a gift from God? Or do we just feel entitled to this nation we call our home? How about those who treat it as an option? If things don’t work here I can always move to another part of the world ??.
What would happen if every time we sang the Kenya National Anthem specifically this line about our homeland of Kenya gratitude to God for the gift of a home would ooze from our hearts? The translation would be amazing. We would consciously take care of this gift. Simple but significantly negative behavior when compounded would be a thing of the past. Am talking about issues like dumping garbage out of moving cars, into drainage systems, misusing water and electricity, deforestation. One of the worst if not the worst forms of violence against our homeland is silence, yes silence. When we stand in silence and watch others abuse the gift that is our homeland in a myriad of ways, we are in essence participating in their crimes.
Our homeland of Kenya is a gift, let us treasure it and treat it as such.
O God of all creation, thank you for the gift of our homeland Kenya. I confess that we have been callous in how we have treated this gift: both with our actions and our silence. O God you whose property is to have mercy, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for abusing our homeland and help us henceforth to make step by step, day by day conscious decisions in our actions and words to portray to you our gratitude for this our homeland of Kenya. In Jesus Name, Amen!