The final post, we have prayed together for the election, it has happened. There are new MPs elected, there is a new Government forming. There will be delighted people and unhappy people. We now need to pray for our nation as we get on with the business of normal life, and also to pray that this Advent something of the Message of the Angels might be heard across our land:
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’
Let us pray that more and more people hear the call of God to return to Jesus in our nation. Above all, let us continue to pray.
Every day, at the beginning of business, the Speaker’s Chaplain leads the House of Commons in prayer with these words:
“Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed. Amen.”
- Pray for the new Speaker’s Chaplain, Revd Canon Tricia Hillas, as she begins her duties this week
- Pray too for the new Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, as he too begins his new role this week; pray that he might chair meetings fairly and help to rebuild the reputation of the House of Commons
- Pray that the Gospel message might be clearly heard
- in our land
- in your constituency
- in your street
- amongst your family and friends
- Pray for those who hare unhappy with the result(s), that they may come to accept them and not be tempted to turn to civil unrest or other unhelpful activities. Give thanks that this is a democracy, and there is always ‘next time’!
- Pray that the Good News of Jesus will feature strongly in the remainder of Advent and then Christmas on the media, in conversation, and online
- Pray for wisdom for the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Archbishops and all those given offices or responsibilities in running this nation
- ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.’
Bible Reading: John 1:1-18 The final engaGE19 prayer: We give You thanks, God, for all You have done in our nation over the last few weeks. We ask that you would equip the new Prime Minister and their Government as they begin their term in office. Amen.
As we pray through Advent, we are preparing for the coming of Jesus. This blog is about praying for our nation in this election, so I suggest using this song as our Advent prayer each day.