26th November

Information is often obscured in election campaigns, the job of the media should be to bring it to the fore.undefined Today we are praying about this, that we get good coverage of relevant facts and that data is presented in a way which is simple to understand and unbiased.

  • Pray for the economics editors and political correspondents of the news media that they will be able to examine manifesto claims justly and present them clearly
  • Pray that candidates being interviewed on the media or questioned at hustings will understand their policies and be able to give good account of them
  • Pray that the electorate will feel that they have been well informed about the differences between parties and candidates and that they feel able to make good decisions on polling day
  • Where there are sharp disagreements about statements made by one side or the other, pray that there will be no ‘hang-over’ beyond the election that enables one side or the other not to accept results

Bible Reading: Various verses from Proverbs. Today’s prayer from engage19.org.uk : Lord, we lift to You the party leaders. Please help them to present their beliefs and proposals clearly in debates on radio, television and online. Amen.

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: The Media and Election Communication
  • NEXT WEEK: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

25th November

160 people were killed when a V2 rocket hit the Deptford Woolworth’s today in 1943. Earlier this month we remembered those from the military who gave their lives for their country. Let us also remember the many civilians who were killed in the Second World War.

Today we are focussing on the reporting being relevant.undefinedIt’s important that the issues that matter to the electorate are reported, and not things like the style of one politician’s hair or another’s dress. We cannot determine our looks, the class or privilege we were or were not born into and nor can the candidates, so those things should not be at the front of reporting.
Instead, we need quality journalism investigating the claims made in the campaign and holding all politicians to account.

  • Pray that in the melee to get the best scoop the journalists and news editors will not lose sight of their responsibility to present relevant information to their listeners, viewers or readers
  • Pray that local news media will not lose sight of important local issues in their coverage, as well as holding local candidates to account on issues in their manifestos
  • Pray that the voters will be able to make wise decisions based on the information they get from the media on the issues that concern them most as individuals
  • Pray that the level of reporting will be far above what might be deemed ‘gossip’, even in the popular press
  • Thank God that we do have ‘freedom of the Press’ and that, on the whole, it is not abused.

Bible Reading: Proverbs 26:18-28 Today’s prayer from engaGE19.org.uk: Heavenly Father, we commit to You every candidate standing for election, their families and their supporters. Amen.

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: The Media and Election Communication
  • NEXT WEEK: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

Feast of Christ the King

The culmination of the Church’s year, the event that everything has been pointing to throughout the year and that everything points to in Scripture, Christ on the Throne and ruling earth visibly as King. Perhaps we should make this the main time of celebration for Christians each year, before the secular onslaught that Christmas has become sets in.

This week we pray about the Media and the coverage of the election.undefined We start by praying for balanced coverage. This means different things depending on the media: television and radio stations have a duty to give equal coverage to the different parties (though more time is allowed for those which have more candidates standing and also for those which have a realistic chance of forming the next government). Print media obviously has a different role, most newspapers will take a position of support for one party or another and everything they print will be from that perspective. Then there is the ‘new media’ (which we pray specifically about next Saturday), this includes things such as Twitter and Facebook and other sites where the public make posts.

  • Pray that the integrity of the BBC and ITN in particular, as well as SKY News, LBC and other major broadcast news outlets will be maintained and that in the analysis of this election afterwards they will be praised for the balance of their coverage
  • Pray that even newspapers strongly in one camp or another will be ready to shine light into the policies of the party they support to give good and fair scrutiny during this campaign period
  • Pray that people, especially young people, will not be sucked in to following just one stream of thought on social media but will learn during this campaign season how to engage constructively with those with whom they disagree
  • Pray that the smaller parties, whilst not getting the amount of coverage of the major ones, will nonetheless feel that they have been treated fairly by the media
  • Pray that the Leaders’ Debates still to come, and the larger discussion forums to be broadcast, will not turn into just a ratings battle for the broadcasters nor a chance for politicians to compete just for the best ‘sound-bite’ but will give an opportunity for genuine debate about important issues.
  • Pray for balance also in the local coverage of the campaign in your constituency, including access to the media for independents and small party candidates

Bible Reading: Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 16:10,11 Today’s prayer from engaGE19 is Lord we pray for the safety of volunteers canvassing, delivering leaflets and campaigning in public areas. Amen

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: The Media and Election Communication
  • NEXT WEEK: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

23rd November

Candidates get elected, or at least one of them does in each constituencyundefined. 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

Bible Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:11,12 Today’s prayer from http://www.engage19.org.uk is Loving Father, please grant us Your wisdom and guidance as we consider which party to vote for. Amen

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.
 undefined 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

22nd November

Regardless of their efforts, the candidates’ work is wasted if the electorate show no interest. undefinedStanding for parliament is perhaps the greatest form of public service a citizen can perform, and yet it has become either ridiculed or a matter for bored disinterest among so many. We will be praying about this today.

US President John F Kennedy was assassinated on this day in 1963 in Texas. A timely reminder that those who stand for office need our prayer for protection.

  • There is genuine choose between party policies this election, so pray that this stimulates discussion and interest between people you know and causes a higher turn-out on December 12th than has been the case in recent elections
  • Pray that members of the public will encourage candidates when they meet them, and thank them for standing even if they are not intending to vote for them
  • There are ‘headline issues’ that the parties are pushing, but these might not be where the public are scratching. Pray that the things people are interested in get debated at hustings both locally and on media debates – this coming Sunday is often jocularly referred to as “STIR UP SUNDAY” so we will use one of the collect prayers for that day to pray that people are motivated to vote and also to seek God: Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be richly rewarded: through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Bible Reading: Philippians 2:1-11 Today’s prayer from http://www.engage19.org.uk is We pray for hustings events to be well attended and that candidates will be impacted by the views of local Christians. Amen.

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.
 undefined 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

21st November

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have sent a pastoral letter to urge us to think and pray as we vote. You can read it here.

Elections can easily descend in to a feast of back-biting and animosity. Today we are praying this will not happen, undefinedand that our country which has become divided on a whole range of issues will begin to draw back together again (ultimately, around the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Lordship of Jesus). For our local candidates we will be praying that they are able to conduct their campaigns without fear of intimidation.

  • Pray for the constituency that you live in, for peace to rest on the place.
  • Pray that those who have been promoting militant political action in recent years will not find support for abusive and intolerant behaviour
  • Pray that the party leaders and other national campaigners will resist the temptation to score quick points through ridicule and attacks on personalities
  • Pray that in the noise of the election campaign, the still small voice of God will be heard clearly in this land; pray for God’s favour to rest strongly on those who preach the Gospel on the streets and to their friends this autumn
  • Pray that even where the divide between alternative policy proposals is greatest the campaigns will be conducted with good humour and sensible debate

Bible Reading: Numbers 6:22-26 Today’s election prayer from engaGE19.org.uk is Dear God, grant wisdom, unity and vision to churches as they plan hustings events. Amen.

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.
 undefined 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

20th November

Teams are important in elections, no candidate can do it all alone. For party representatives, there are the partyundefined members in the constituency and the local party office, and for all candidates there are friends and family who will work alongside them. Many will give hours of time stuffing envelopes or walking many miles delivering leaflets.

  • Pray for good relationships between members of each candidate’s team
  • Pray that exhaustion will not lead to friction
  • Pray that the relationships built up during this campaign will continue afterwards, either in the support of the elected MP or in the work the team seeks to do in the local community afterwards
  • Pray about the teams that will build across constituencies as neighbouring MPs (even from different parties) share common goals for the local good
  • Pray for the national teams of the major parties, that they may be in accord about what they are aiming to achieve and work together well.
  • After the election, pray that each constituency will have a good team watching over it and serving it well, linked in with good relationships with neighbours and that in this way the whole country is governed and watched over well

Bible Reading: Nehemiah 3

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.
 undefined 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

19th November

Today we pray about the candidates’ intentions. This goes deeper than policies, it is the heart of why they are standing as candidates. undefinedWhat is it that they want to achieve in office? What is their vision for the country and for their constituency? How do they plan to work towards achieving these aims?

  • Pray about the passion of the candidates, that they may find ways to channel their energy both in this campaign and beyond it, whether or not they are elected
  • Pray that the vision and intentions of the candidates will be clear to those who listen to them and enable wise decisions to be made by the electorate
  • Pray even for those who have intentions you personally consider to be detrimental to the good of the country, that their campaign will be conducted in the open and in light
  • Recognise that there are other Christians who have diametrically opposed political beliefs to your own, pray for unity even when the vision we have for our nation is different.

Bible Reading: Hebrews 4:12,13

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.
 undefined 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

18th November

The Battle undefined of the Somme ended today in 1916, after a million lives had been lost fighting there.

Election Candidates will make many promises in their campaigns, as will the party manifestos. undefinedIt is important that these promises are realistic, and couched in language that says what they mean without ambiguity. Opposing candidates and parties might seek to undermine the claims and promises, and again there is a temptation to deliberately mis-interpret what has been said in order to make it look ridiculous.

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.

  • Pray that candidates will be able to resist the temptation of exaggerating what they or their party stand for
  • Pray too that they will resist the urge to distort what other candidates are claiming in order to make them appear untruthful
  • Pray that the electorate will also have realistic understanding of what is possible, what MPs and governments can actually do, and what can be achieved at this time
  • Pray that all parties will have (as far as is possible) realistic costings for their policies and honesty about what they mean in terms of taxation and/or the national debt
  • Pray that those candidates who do not have a realistic chance of election will nonetheless campaign with integrity

Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:12-18

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: Election Candidates
NEXT WEEK: The Media and Election Communication
W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
W/c 8th December: Election Week

17th November

Today marks 461 years since Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne. Give thanks for the stability which the monarchy brings to the country.

This week we are praying for the Candidatesundefined in the General Election. Most will be standing because they have been selected by the political parties that they are members of, whilst others are independents who have either a strong commitment to the area the constituency is in or a deeply held conviction about one or more issues that they do not feel are properly addressed by the political parties. There were no independent MPs elected to the last parliament (although some resigned from their party after being elected), the following were the totals in that election: Conservative 317, Labour 262, Scottish National 35, Liberal Democrat 12, Democratic Unionist 10, Sinn Fein 9 (Sinn Fein representatives do not take their seat in Westminster on principle), Plaid Cymru 4, Green 1. A map of these results can be seen here.

A good election will be a strongly contested battle of ideas which will take place on the national stage but also locally between candidates. Pray that this battle is conducted well, focussed on issues not personalities and that messages are heard clearly.

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.

  • Pray for integrity in the way ideas are put forward and also in the way other party’s statements are refuted or debated
  • Pray for protection of your local candidates from vitriolic abuse and even physical threats
  • Pray for local hustings to be conducted well and to be well advertised in advance
  • Candidates may well be subjected to intense media scrutiny of their past lives and relationships. Pray for them that they will be able to cope with this and to rise above it
  • If your former MP is standing again in this election, pray that they might be prepared for the result this time; if it is to win again that they might be refreshed for the new session but if not that they might have a plan for what comes after parliament
  • Pray that the national campaigns will be conducted with integrity

Bible reading: Exodus 18:13-26

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: The Media and Election Communication
  • NEXT WEEK: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week
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