16th November

Individuals are at the heart of God’s plan. Whilst Jesus came to save the world He does that undefinedone person at a time. The spiritual life of this nation depends on the people of this nation returning to Christ one by one. The people we are responsible for are our neighbours, those we live amongst not only in our street or block of flats but also those with whom we work or attend school or university with, those we meet as we go about our daily lives and, of course, our friends and family.

  • Pray for the people who live immediately around you. Visualise or name the ones you know, otherwise pray for them by house number or flat number.
  • Pray for opportunities to share your faith in some way between now and Christmas with people you meet most regularly (e.g. at work)
  • Pray for blessing on your own church’s outreach programmes to the local community
  • Pray for on-going initiatives to bring the Gospel to local communities across the country, for example: Fresh Expression churches, Messy Church services, advertising campaigns, local area missionaries and evangelistic campaigns
  • Pray for chaplains in schools, hospitals, the military and so forth as they represent Christ in these places

As you pray for the nation by praying for your neighbours, friends and family you might find this song helpful in calling the “Dry Bones” to “Come Alive”

Bible Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14

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: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • NEXT WEEK: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

15th November

Local Church leaders have a difficult job, and today we pray for Incumbents undefined(local Parish vicars and rectors) and the leaders of local churches of all denominations. Pray not only for your own church leader but also of others locally that you either know yourself or are aware of. As you pray think to yourself about the last time you encouraged your own pastor/priest/vicar/minister and also about how you might speak positively to them this coming Sunday (if you are a leader, think the same about your Bishop/Overseer/Co-ordinator).

Two years ago today, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe was ousted from power. Give thanks that our system in Britain does not allow dictatorial grabbing of power for decades.

  • Pray for your own church leader
  • If you know of particular difficulties that they face, pray about that situation (especially if it is an issue on which you disagree with them, pray for God’s blessing on them)
  • Pray that they might have people that they can turn to for support, wisdom and guidance
  • Pray for other local church leaders that you know
  • Pray for growing unity between the local church leaders in your area
  • Pray for the influence that the local church has on the council, and other decision makers in your area
  • Pray that the mission of the local church will have a deepimpacz on your area, and that the Gospel might be presented, preached and received in your area

Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:11-16

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: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • NEXT WEEK: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

November 14th

By 4pm today, if you wish to stand as a candidate in the General Election, you must have registered yourself with the local returning officer. We will be praying for all the candidates during next week.

undefinedToday we pray for the Archbishops and other national church leaders, be they the leaders of traditional denominations or newer church movements. These leaders play a strategic role in our nation and are often the subject of abuse by other Christians because they have not spoken out strongly enough on a particular issue; for that reason there is often also not unity between the different church leaders. At the same time, however, it has to be said that there is much more unity today than there was fifty years ago.

  • Pray for Justin Welby in his role of leader of the Anglican Communion, seeking to balance the more liberal churches of the West with the conservative churches of Africa and elsewhere; may decisions be based on the prompts of the Holy Spirit
  • Pray for Justin Welby and John Sentamu as they work together to lead the Church of England and speak into the life of the nation; pray too about the appointment of a new Archbishop of York when Dr Sentamu retires in the near future
  • Pray similarly for the leaders of the Church of Scotland, the Welsh church, the churches of Northern Ireland and all the other denominational leaders across the country
  • Pray for a growing unity between church leaders, that they might pray for each other and seek to understand the difficulties each other face. Pray that there might be encouragement rather than condemnation as they speak about each other
  • Pray for other Christian leaders, such as Gavin Calver the new leader of the Evangelical Alliance and the leaders of major Christian charities and missions (among them British Youth for Christ, CARE, World Vision, HOPE UK, etc.)
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit might cause all of these leaders to hear the same message for our nation and to speak with one voice.

BBC daily broadcasts began this day in 1922, something that has changed the shape of General Election campaigns ever since.

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-13

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: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • NEXT WEEK: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

13th November

“What is Truth?” asked Pilate of Jesus at His trial,but he did not wait to listen for an answer. Had he done so, Jesus might have repeated His words from earlier in John’s Gospel undefined “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. Jesus is the standard for Truth, philosophies that are built around Him tend to lead to honesty in public life; those which ignore or reject Him often lead to an increase of deception and ‘dissembling’ in governments and transactions. As we pray for the U.K. today we pray for a return to truth, in itself a prayer to return to making Jesus central to all we do.

  • Pray that Truth will be a feature of this election period. Whilst different parties and philosophies might have alternative viewpoints, pray that they do not set out to deliberately mislead.
  • Pray for church leaders as they wrestle with issues in which modern culture challenges traditional Christian teaching, that there might be a revelation of Truth as they seek ways ahead and boldness to teach this despite the costs
  • Pray that Truth might become important in personal relationships and transactions
  • Along with Truth comes Trust. It used to be said that “an Englishman’s word is his bond” meaning that you do not need it in writing, a handshake is good enough. Pray that this old trait of national life might begin to return.
  • Pray for a restoration of trust in the truth of the Word of God in our nation.
  • Pray for J. John’s “JESUS CHRIST-THE TRUTH” initiative, and the adverts relating to it that are now appearing across the London Underground. Pray that people might be inspired to follow links and read what it is about.

On this day…. Pope Nicholas 1st answered the envoys from Boris (in 866AD). Thought you’d like to know that, it’s got nothing to do with our praying today!

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:33-37

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: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • NEXT WEEK: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

12th November

Integrityundefined is an important characteristic, and one which is often lacking in our dealings with each other in this nation. The Biblical word that covers this, and more, is Righteousness. It is a word which means being lined-up with Jesus and with the Word of God, to make sure all our dealings with each other are conducted the way Jesus would have us do them. Integrity is about keeping our word, not crossing our fingers behind our backs when we make promises, being consistent with what we say to different groups of people, and so forth.

  • Pray for integrity in the political realm in this nation, that politicians might speak honestly and not change their words or their promises when they speak to different groups
  • Pray for integrity in commerce and industry, for open and honest communication between bosses, managers and the work force and vice-versa
  • Pray that those who act without integrity might be exposed by the light of God shining into the dark places of this nation
  • Pray that we, the Church, might present the Gospel with integrity and
  • pray that we might Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us (1 Peter 2:12)

Bible reading: Micah 6:6-16
Each day, as you read the reading, use it to help with the prayers you are praying on the day’s topic.Today, for example, as we pray for integrity perhaps use the words of verse 8 as the structure for that prayer.

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: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • NEXT WEEK: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

Remembrance Day

Eleven o’clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time the guns fell silent across the world as the Great War (now known as the First World War) came to an end.undefined Millions had died, and today we give thanks for their sacrifice as well as remembering in order to be able to avoid war in the future.
Yet we also thank God for His deliverance, as the Nation prayed on August 4th 1918 so the events of the war took a dramatic change and came swiftly to an end after that date (see General Sir William Dobbie’s book “A Very Present Help” -2nd paragraph on left of this link).

As we pray undefinedfor the nation today it is appropriate that our theme is repentance. Following the war, there were national ceremonies that sought to bring the nation back to God, it is not past sins but present ones that we need to focus on today.

  • The Coronation Oath includes the words “Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel?” On behalf of the Nation the Queen agreed to this, but as a nation we have not kept it.
  • Our nation has turned its back on God and followed other ways
  • Our young people often have not been given help in developing a moral compass
  • There are many broken families or children who do not know their fathers
  • We live in a land where greed, pursuit of pleasure for the moment and self-centredness have replaced generosity, commitment and self-control
  • For the rise in knife crime and murder in our land
  • For the laws that have been passed which are against the will of God
  • That many Christian believers have adopted the philosophies of the age rather than held to the truth of God’s Word

Today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 18:1-8

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: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • NEXT WEEK: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

Remembrance Sunday

This week we are praying for the spiritual state of our nation, using “Britain” as a mnemonic which builds through the week, and we will focus today on the Bible.undefined
Let’s not forget too that today is Remembrance Sunday, and remember with thanks the service of those who gave their lives (or who were prepared to do this) over the years

Remembrance Sunday is centred on services across the country at or near War Memorials first erected after the end of World War One and since added to after World War Two and the National ceremony at the Cenotaph in London attended by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles together with political leaders and representatives from across the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland (which was part of the U.K. during WW1). Today we will focus our thoughts on the deliverance God gave during the latter war, for instance in the evacuation of the troops at Dunkirk.

Britain’s laws were, until after WW2, largely based on the Bible. As recently as 2011, in the celebration of 400 years of the King James Bible, Prime Minister David Cameron said “Britain is a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so”. Despite that, legislation passed in parliament has increasingly moved away from Biblical values and has often been considered to have been in direct opposition to what God teaches.

  • Pray for the Bible to return to a central place in public life
  • Pray that Christians will develop a deep love for Scripture and learn again how to read it and to make it foundational in their thinking
  • Give thanks that the Queen regularly refers to the Bible when she addresses the nation at Christmas
  • Pray for new initiatives to bring the Bible to children, young people and adults across the country
  • Pray that the media will begin to focus on Bible stories as a source for programmes
  • Give thanks for those who have served in the armed forces, both as volunteers and in the past as part of National Service
  • Pray that the memory of the wars which is highlighted today will increase the resolve of leaders across the world to avoid new wars in the future

Bible Reading: Joshua 4:4-7

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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: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • NEXT WEEK: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

November 9th – Give Thanks

30 years ago today, the Berlin Wall ceased to be a barrier across the city; it was breached and later demolished.This had an international impact, for those living in former communist countries were now able to leave and find work in what had been known as ‘the West’. The Europe of today is unrecognisable to the shape it was in 30 years ago.
undefined The great injustice of the separating wall of hostility was gone. Many attribute the falling of the Berlin wall to years of organised prayer by different groups and churches that began in the early 80s (see, for instance, this webpage for one example of this happening).

Today we are giving thanks to a God who answers prayer, and we are especially concentrating on things to be grateful for about the British democracy and our Parliament. We might not like every decision or new law, but there is much to be thankful for.

  • Thank God for the freedom that came to Europe after people faithfully prayed for years
  • Thank God for the way He has led this nation over the years to establish our form of government
  • Thank God for the way individual MPs in the last and previous parliaments have championed important causes that are now on the statute book
  • Thank God for historic events in our own history and world history that clearly demonstrate He listens to His people in prayer.
  • From the last parliament, give thanks that it is now agreed that “Impact on Families” is to be a consideration made when formulating new legislation
  • From the last parliament, give thanks for the Bishop of Truro’s report to the Foreign Secretary about persecution of Christians worldwide.

A bible reading. Ephesians 2:14-22

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: Those who have served
  • NEXT WEEK: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • W/c 17th November: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

November 8th: Sovereign, Speaker, Authority

undefinedOur Government works because it is enshrined in the relationship between the Sovereign and Parliament. Parliament, chosen by the people, makes laws on behalf of the Queen; a Bill does not become a Law until it has received Royal Assent. Whilst in practice she has always given it, in theory this means that no dictator or force can do things in this nation as they would be stopped by the Monarch.

The Speaker is the chief officer and highest authority of the House of Commons and must remain politically impartial at all times, he or she chairs the debates to keep them in order. The Speaker also represents the Commons to the monarch, the Lords and other authorities and chairs the House of Commons Commission. The corresponding role in the House of Lords is performed by the Lord Speaker.

  • Give thanks for the long life and wisdom of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
  • Pray for her as she continues to reign and also for Prince Charles as he takes on a larger role as the Queen’s age demands
  • Pray for Prince William as he learns the role that will one day be his, and for the other members of the Royal Family as they serve the nation and the Commonwealth in their own ways
  • Pray for the new Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and the Deputy Speakers as they prepare for the new parliament
  • Pray for Canon Tricia Hillas, recently appointed to the the Chaplain to the Speaker, a role that brings Christian pastoral care and support into the centre of Parliament. Pray for a good relationship between Sir Lindsay and Canon Tricia.
  • Pray that wise counsel and wisdom in the exercise of authority will be a hallmark of the new parliament.

Bible reading: Proverbs 2

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: Those who have served
  • NEXT WEEK: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • W/c 17th November: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week

November 7th – the Business of Government

Government business carries on, even though we no longer have MPs. Convention has it that the outgoing Government remains in place until the next parliament is elected and the new Prime Minister is chosen. This means that members of the Cabinet and junior ministers continue with their ministerial work at the same time as campaigning in both their local constituencies and on the national stage.

The business of Government goes on during an election campaign
  • Pray for the Prime Minister, Cabinet and other ministers as they try to balance running the country with election campaigning.
  • Pray for the work of the Foreign Office as it seeks to influence other Governments, for instance in the release of prisoners and hostages and also in negotiating peace in the Syrian conflict and elsewhere.
  • Pray for the work of the police and other protection agencies in the wake of knife crime and people trafficking.
  • Pray for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh and London assemblies and all the local government councils across the nation in the ongoing work that they do
  • Pray for reconciliation in Northern Ireland and a return of the Stormont Assembly

Bible Reading: Romans 13:1-7

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: Those who have served
  • NEXT WEEK: Spiritual needs of the nation
  • W/c 17th November: Election Candidates
  • W/c 24th November: The Media and Election Communication
  • W/c 1st December: Policies and Manifestos
  • W/c 8th December: Election Week
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