Candidates get elected, or at least one of them does in each constituency. In this election a large number are going to be first timers to the House of Commons as there were dozens of MPs who stood down when the election was called and doubtless more who will not be re-elected. For some new MPs this will mean moving to London from far flung parts of the nation, and weekly trips back by train or plane to meet constituents. It is a demanding routine, not to mention getting to know the ways and means of life in the Palace of Westminster.
- Pray for the candidates to make sensible preparations for what might be a life-changing event for them at the election
- Pray that all new MPs will have good supporting networks both at home and also in Westminster, that they will quickly make friends with experienced MPs or Lords who will mentor them
- Even for those who will be returned to parliament after years of serving there, things will be different as some of their close colleagues will not be there. Pray for the health and well-being of all the parliamentarians elected next month
- Pray for those who will be disappointed, especially those who have been an MP up to now; that the natural sense of rejection, failure and grief that they feel will be short-lived and they will be able to quickly either return to their former careers or find good roles for the future outside of parliament
Your Local Constituency Candidates. Click here and then enter your postcode to find a complete list of candidates in your constituency. Print out this list so that you can pray for them all in the days and weeks ahead.
CARE have launched a website devoted to information about, and prayer for, the Election. It is www.engaGE19.org.uk and their suggested prayer for today is included above.
Each week we will be focussing our prayer as below:
THIS WEEK: Election Candidates
NEXT WEEK: The Media and Election Communication
W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
W/c 8th December: Election Week