The 5 Minutes That Made A Difference In The Hallelujah Challenge

Hey, Titans! So, if you are living on earth, you must have heard of the Hallelujah Challenge that caught up like wild fire on social media. It is an interdenominational praise and prayer session to God from Midnight (Nigerian time) to 1 am. It is hosted by renowned gospel artist, Nathaniel Bassey, who’s really known for his trumpet, that just weakens your bones when played. He streams it Live on Instagram at this hour, if you follow him @nathanielblow, you’d be prompted as soon as it starts. It’s theme is “Olowogbogboro”. A Yoruba name meaning, the outstretched hand of God.

Now, here was I, ecstatic that something like this was happening. So I joined the session. The corresponding time for that session here in Grenada is 7pm. 7pm is like the peak time for my kids. They are on a high and they play so hard at this time so they can shut down at 8pm. So my attempt to be consistent with these sessions was short-lived. It’s always a struggle for me. Sometimes I forget, sometimes I log in and out several times. Sometimes I have to forfeit that, for kids nursery rhymes to calm the screaming toddlers down but Suddenly!…..(everybody shout…suddenly!)-You’d know this word, if you attend. Suddenly!…I had a eureka moment on how to beat these challenges and concentrate. The few minutes I manage to stay online, I really get distracted by comments. I even start typing comments and that takes away from the moment. On this particular day, I used my earphones and my instagram just stopped. I could hear the voices but couldn’t see the feed. My brethren and sistren, the concentration that just took over me ehnnn. It felt like I was in there. I prayed and sang and prophesied and honestly that was my best 5 minutes of the challenge. I don’t know if it’s possible to just close your screen while listening to the feed, cos that has curbed out the distractions. I wish I was there live though. I remember when it started, some people just wanted to get associated with this challenge cos it had gone viral. Some just wanted to screen grab their comments and flaunt. With time, the numbers dwindled but I am glad I was one of those who joined late and have tried to maintain it.

Though this hallelujah challenge has been criticised by some; saying Nigeria is just a religious country with no action. I agree (If there’s anyone who hates religious hypnosis, it’s ┬áme)but let us also not forget that before now and after now is a God who’s demystified mysteries and done miracles…a God who is still God without our help. By the way, when did it come to this; that we have to even convince Christians to join this movement and not think it’s just ‘religion as usual’. World haf spoyel! In the midst of the negativity towards the church, is still a God that answers prayers. Besides, it feels good to see something totally different on instagram stories other than twitching toes, cocktails and twerks. Most of all, It’s your faith that will work for you. If you don’t believe in it, No qualms. If you do, then let your faith speak on your behalf. It will end in four days. It’s never too late to join. It’s a great way to spend an hour.

Have you been doing the Hallelujah challenge? How has it been? What tricks do you do to stay up at midnight? How do you keep distractions at bay?



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    June 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Personally I felt the criticisms were baseless. It’s one hour of praise!It doesn’t remove from the fact that there are problems in Nigeria. With or without praise there are problems so why not just praise nonetheless. As you so rightly said it’s all about individual faith. I’ve only joined twice but this has inspired me to participate in the remaining four days. Who knows it may become a real habit for me to the glory of God. Thanks for this post!

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      June 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Exactly!!! There are even other things asides Nigeria that needs quickening too;sickness, troubled marriages, relentless job search, etc. These would need work from you but prayers cannot be undermined for where your knowledge and ability ends. It just can’t be undermined. Well said, Sandy.XO

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    June 26, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Well, once you tap your screen, the comments go off and you can concentrate on the service.

    Just one tap again, they come on. Many people don’t know this. I’ve seen complaining about how the comment stream distracts. So just tap the screen and you get the full live engagement

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      June 27, 2017 at 1:08 am

      Yes, I figured that out today and I shook my head in shame that a simple task like that was not known. Funny enough,I did that unintentionally and suddenly!!!…my distractions have been rolled away.

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    June 28, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I joined in on day 10 and have stayed consistent. It’s been the best thing that has happened to me spiritually in a long while . I see it as an opportunity to just praise and worship a God I am so inlove with . I never leave the comments on and I don’t focus on the screen . Most times I am on my knees or flat on my face in worship or caught up in a dance . It’s been such a beautiful experience for me. And one thing I am taking away is the beauty of praise. I wish it did not have to end . I am unapologetically inlove with Christ !

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      June 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Wow! Beautiful! I pray this fire burns in your heart forever.

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