Archbishop’s Prayer for Brexit

Each day this week the Archbishop of Canterbury is publishing a prayer for the U.K. as we leave the E.U.

Whether, like me, you are excited about what Friday’s departure will bring or instead regret it and fear it, we need to pray together (as ever) for our nation.

You can find the prayers on the Archbishop’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

15th December

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.


14th December

Today we pray for the new MPs, new Government as it is formed over the coming weekend and the new Parliament.
There is no time of rest for those who have been on the campaign trail, the House of Commons will open for business next week.
Issues which have been on hold for a month now need to be dealt with, not just the ones that featured in the election but the Government will also have to form a response to events in Hong Kong and other international situations.

  • Pray for the MPs who have been re-elected and are continuing the role they have had before; that they will be ready to get on with the job and able to put some of the acrimony of the last parliament behind them
  • Pray that this will be a fresh new parliament with a positive and constructive approach to debates; pray that sharp disagreements between people from different parties or viewpoints may be debated well without acrimony
  • Pray for those going to the Commons for the first time, that they might quickly learn the ropes and also find friends amongst established Members who will mentor them in the role
  • Pray for families and others who are left behind in the constituency, pray that ways are found to preserve family life alongside this demanding role; especially pray for MPs who have several hours of travel back home each week
  • Pray for the Prime Minister as he considers the appointments to the Cabinet, for wisdom for the right people in the right posts
  • Similarly pray for the Opposition parties as they appoint spokesmen for key policy areas
  • Pray about Britain’s response to ongoing international situations, especially our moral and legal commitment to seek to protect the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong

Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 1:7-10 EngaGE19 prayer for today: Holy Spirit, we remember all who have worked so tirelessly and ask that You would give them time to rest. 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.


13th December

On this day in history:

1920 – International Court of Justice founded in the Hague by the League of Nations
2003 – Saddam Hussein captured in Iraq

By the time you read this the outcome of the election might be known, or it might be going down to the wire as the final state-of-play will be decided by the last constituencies to declare their counts. Either way, today we pray about how the result is interpreted; analysis not only of the winners but also of the size of the vote for the smaller parties and the policies they were advocating. What does the way people voted tell us about the state of the nation?

  • Pray for every person not elected, that as the adrenaline of the past few weeks gives way to exhaustion and disappointment, they may have the support they need around them and time to rest
  • Pray for wisdom for the new (/returning) Prime Minister in the days to come that, together with their advisors and senior ministers, they might reflect on the way people voted and be conciliatory and not ‘gung-ho’
  • Should any party do significantly worse than they were hoping, pray for their leaders as they consider what the people have said about their policies and that they might consider a new path for the future
  • For party leaders who now sense the need to resign, or who are told to by their membership, for wise reflection and support as they seek a new role either within politics or beyond it
  • For Britain’s role in the world; not only in relation to the E.U. but also as a signatory to the formation of the International Court of Justice, as a Security Council member of the U.N., membership of the G7 nations and the Commonwealth; that this election will help us to be a positive influence in international affairs in the years ahead

Bible Reading: Psalm 12 Today’s engaGE19 prayer: Heavenly Father, we commit to You those responsible for counting the votes and declaring the results. 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.


Election Day

Today in 1901 Marconi sent the first Transatlantic radio signal from Cornwall to Newfoundland, a development that would come to revolutionise all aspects of life

Today we pray that whatever happens in the election, the result will be accepted both in your local constituency and also nationally. Be it a large majority Government, a ‘hung parliament’ requiring coalition or ‘supply and confidence’ agreements or a Party only just able to form a Government by itself we pray that we all come to terms with it and accept the outcome.

  • Pray that in all constituencies the result is clear. If there needs to be a recount then ask that the result of that is accepted by all
  • Pray that the national result is also accepted, that those disappointed will recognise a democratic decision
  • Pray that, even if politicians continue to argue about the result, there will be a clear mood amongst the public that it is what it is
  • Give thanks for Radio, and all that has developed from it (Television, Sonar, Radar, electronic communications and so forth). Pray that it might be used increasingly by those spreading the Gospel and teaching the Church, and also that those who use it for unrighteous things will be stopped
  • Pray for the sick and elderly who go out to vote today, that difficulties caused by rain, wind, ice or whatever the weather brings across the country will not stop them and that there will be others who offer to give them lifts if needed

Bible Reading: Acts 6:1-7 Today’s engaGE19 prayer: Lord, let Your will be done today. May your grace and mercy be upon our nation. Amen.

Cut and pasted from Archbishop Cranmer blog on Monday:

It is all so disconnected from the real Advent. What does Christmas have to do with partisan politics? What does Advent say to those who are waiting expectantly for a new king of promise and hope? What happens when the other side triumphs over us, and our king goes into exile. What do we do or say when our anointed king, our messiah, is mocked and scorned? How long must we wait until the promises are fulfilled and national salvation dawns?

We are looking for joy in the wrong place, and expecting peace from the wrong messiah. Our partisan politics is utterly ephemeral compared to the joy and peace which passes understanding. We find joy when we delight in the Lord. Peace will come when our horizon is lifted toward trusting and hoping in Jesus Christ. Only he can save us. Neither messiah Boris nor messiah Jezza shall fulfil all their promises, for both have renounced the covenant of truth.

Jesus the Messiah has come, and we wait expectantly for his reappearing.

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.


11th December

On this day:

1620 – Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts
1931 – Westminster hands government control to independent legislatures in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Ireland (southern) and South Africa
1997 – Kyoto Climate conference agreement to limit ‘greenhouse gases’

On this last day of the election campaign, we focus on the health and well-being of all those who have been on the campaign trail. Many will now be very tired, especially the leaders and senior members of the major parties who have held several meetings a day in different places across the country.
For most involved, of course, it will end in disappointment. The majority of local candidates will not be elected; some will not be even though their party comes to power and others will be but will then be in opposition, unable to carry out their manifesto pledges. These are ripe conditions for depression and mental anguish.
Finally, of course, the whole country is tired of the arguments and decision making; we need a break!

  • Pray for your local candidates and their teams, and that there will be real refreshment for each of them following this election
  • Pray for all who have been involved in the national campaign, with a lot of travelling and many speaking engagements and other meetings. Pray for their well-being (even those you do not agree with or even like!)
  • Pray that the soon-to-come Christmas festivities will be a time of refreshment for all the country, that family gatherings will be a time of healing as the nation moves on from this season of election
  • For all its faults, our parliamentary system is often regarded well by those overseas. As we think of the new parliaments that were created in 1931 on the Westminster model across the Commonwealth, choose one or more of those countries and pray for it today {all of them are still in the Commonwealth except for the Republic of Ireland}
  • The pilgrims left this country in part so that they could worship more freely (away from the strictures of the Churches of England and Scotland), and in many ways they laid the ground for the emergence of the United States in the centuries that followed. As the USA begins its year-long (!!) election, pray for integrity and truth in the campaigns there

Bible Reading: Isaiah 40:27-31 Todays’ engaGE19 prayer: Dear God, we pray that every candidate would realise that they need Your guidance and strength. 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.


10th December

On this day:
1520 – Martin Luther burns papal edict ordering him to recant his teaching
1936 – Edward VIII abdicates the throne
1964 – Martin Luther King wins Nobel Peace Prize

There are those in our society who seek to gain their way through intimidation. In this election week it is important that no-one votes against their own consciences or beliefs, or out of fear of reprisals if they vote the ‘wrong way’. In recent years election candidates and elected MPs have been threatened and intimidated for their views and voting record. Whilst a lot of this is online in social media, it can still be scary for those on the receiving end. Several MPs in the last Parliament needed police protection, which is a sorry indictment of the state of our society at the moment.

  • Give thanks for Christians in the past (such as Martin Luther and Martin Luther King) who have stood for truth and justice despite the personal cost they faced
  • Pray for the MPs who stepped down at this election because they could no longer face the abuse they were receiving, that they will be able to build new careers and roles for themselves
  • Pray for candidates and their activists in this week’s election who are facing hostility as they engage with the public in their constituencies
  • Pray that abuse, threats, intimidation etc. will become so unacceptable that those who have been acting in this way find themselves marginalised, not applauded
  • Pray for any members of the public who might feel scared of voting, or scared to vote as they wish, that they might be re-assured in the next couple of days and are able to vote with confidence
  • Give thanks for the stability the Queen gives to the nation. Pray for her and Prince Charles and Prince William as they take on more duties. Pray that the Queen’s wisdom will give due guidance to members of her family at this time.

Bible Reading: Psalm 10 EngaGE19 prayer for the day: Loving God, we ask You to grant wisdom to Christian organisations engaging in public debate about moral and social issues. 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.


9th December

Following World War Two, the country was in ruins. Cities were filled with uncleared bomb sites, resources depleted, families mourning and there was no money. The rich nation that had existed 7 years previously was no more, and a work of restoration, change and re-building began. The country was never to be the same again as it was before, but a new society was established and new buildings rose from the rubble.
In many ways, we are in a similar position except this time it has been a verbal internal conflict. We need to pray that this election brings hostilities to an end, that the dispute is finally settled and the work of restoration of harmony and unity can begin. It will not be the same as it was before, there is no going back; whatever the outcome of this election we are a different nation.
Of course, above all, we need to restore our corporate faith in Jesus.

  • Pray that where there is discord, be it political or otherwise, in this Advent season there may be the beginnings of a restoration of harmony
  • Pray that the hope of the coming of Jesus might permeate the consciousness of all; that He will be seen through the preponderant presence of “Father Christmas” and materialism
  • Pray that every MP in the new parliament will be a person who wants peace, not conflict, and that the parties will work together to restore harmony in our land
  • Give thanks for the evangelical heart of many young Christians and pray that their generation will see a great harvest for the Kingdom which will have a deep impact on all in this land

Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 ENGAGE19 prayer for today: Lord of Truth and light, we pray that those involved in reporting communicate in unbiased and accurate ways. 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.


8th December

Britain and the USA declared war on Japan today in 1941.

In this last week we will be praying about the election itself. From the local Returning Officers down to the volunteer counters in each constituency, also the school and churches making arrangements for the use of their premises for the voting, the systems in place to transport ballot boxes to the local counting houses, security, and so much more.

  • Pray for everybody involved in the administration of this week’s election, for them to do so with integrity and to be blessed for their work
  • Pray that anyone attempting to commit a fraudulent act associated with this election may be thwarted, either by a deep conviction in their consciences not to do it or by being discovered in good time
  • Pray that the weather on Thursday does not cause anyone to be unable to vote and will not put people off from going out to vote
  • Pray that there will be no hiccups in the systems across the nation, from the most remote island community in Scotland to the tower block estates of inner cities
  • Give thanks that this is a democracy, that we make a decision together as we vote

Bible Reading: Joshua 24:14-24 Todays engaGE19.org.uk election prayer: Father God, we remember the smaller political parties and election candidates. We ask that You would restrain those who hold extreme or offensive views. 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.


7th December

353 planes of the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked Pearl Harbor and the US Navy fleet based there today in 1941, causing the USA to declare war on Japan and also to join the war against Germany.

The final policy issue we will pray about this election is the NHS. It has always been an issue that raises temperatures in election campaigns and there does not seem to be an agreed treatment for its ills and needs.
All parties are committed to the NHS, but have different views about how to make it fit for the population of today. When it was founded in the 1940s most began to work (and pay taxes and National Insurance) in their late teens, and few lived many years into retirement. Does it just need more money, does it need radical reform, or is it fit for purpose?

  • Pray for all the doctors, nurses, administrators, cleaners and others who work for or work with the NHS; pray for improving morale and that they will go home at the end of their shifts content with a good job done as they reflect on the people they have supported each day
  • Pray that money will be well spent in all branches of the NHS, that where there is waste it will be spotted and corrected
  • Pray for adequate provision this winter for the protection of the public against seasonal illnesses
  • Pray for honesty about the relationship between public and private money in the NHS (Dentists, Opticians, Chemists have always been private, for instance) and whether it is a good or bad thing for there to be more private involvement
  • Pray that after the election there might be a cross-party effort to build a sustainable future plan for the NHS
  • Pray that the growing trend towards suing the Health Service (which uses up a lot of the budget) will end
  • Give thanks for every person you know who works in or for the NHS

Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12,13 Today’s prayer from engaGE19.org.uk: God of Justice, please move the political parties to consider how the UK can become a more compassionate and fair society. 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.

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.
 undefined Each week we will be focussing our prayer as below:

THIS WEEK: Policies and Manifestos
NEXT WEEK: Election Week

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