Today we pray for all the MPs who have served in the last Parliament. Some of them (such as Ken Clarke, who was “Father of the House”, the longest serving MP) have now retired. Others (such as Kate Hoey and the ex-Speaker John Bercow) have decided to leave Parliament after sterling service over many years, but who will be seeking to find new work outside of Westminster. Many more will be seeking to be re-elected in December.
- Give thanks that these people have made often great sacrifices in order to be able to serve as MPs. Many have had to travel hundreds of miles each week, sitting in Parliament Monday to Friday and travelling to far flung constituencies to then meet with local people and attend functions over the weekend.
- Pray for their families who also make sacrifices in order to support the MP.
- Pray for constituency party officers who will take care of appointments and diaries and work ‘on the ground’ during the week.
- Even though Parliament is now pro-rogued, this is not a holiday but a time of extreme effort and activity for those seeking re-election. Pray for stamina and energy.
- For those leaving parliament, pray that they may quickly find jobs that bring them joy and satisfaction, or find ways to enjoy a rich and long retirement.
What is Proroguing? According to the legal dictionary at freedictionary.com the Royal Prerogative is “in the constitutional law of the UK, the powers of the Crown exercised under the common law. New prerogatives cannot be assumed and old ones can be legislated away. Recognized instances are the rule that the king never dies, there is no interregnum, the king is never an infant and the king can do no wrong, albeit this particular prerogative has been severely curtailed by the Crown Proceedings Act. The more important prerogatives relate to domestic affairs and foreign affairs.”
It is a Royal Prerogative, delegated to the Prime Minister or (since the Fixed Term Parliament Act) Parliament, to stop Parliament from sitting for a period. This happens before a State Opening of Parliament and before a General Election, it also happens during Party Conference season in September. The argument about the September prorogation this year was the joining together of the “Party Conference” session with the “Pre-State Opening” session to make a longer than usual prorogation.
Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
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: 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