praying for the UK at election time

Like many other individuals, prayer movements, churches and organisations, we believe this is a significant time for our nation. And therefore an even more important time than ever to pray. We have also felt a great sense of hope as we have prayed, particularly during our night of prayer for the UK – Awaken the Dawn – at the very beginning of the month.

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We’ve been privileged to have someone standing for election in our prayer community which has taught us so much about the call and cost involved and the importance of supporting and encouraging those who enter the political sphere.

That’s why we’re particularly recommending that you use Care’s prayer guide for the election or the prayer points on page 5 of the Mother’s Union pamphlet, as both of these include a strong focus on praying for the people behind the process, policies and parties.

Many prayer movements are calling for sustained prayer next week. 24:7 prayer have launched a national appeal for people to sign up to pray an hour of the week so that the whole week is covered. And Christians in Politics and the National Day of prayer are calling a united hour of prayer at 7.14pm on Wednesday 6 May. If you can sign up to the former, or make it to Westminster, or pray remotely, for the latter, we’d encourage you to do so.

We’ll be dedicating the first hour of the working day on 7 May (9-10am) to pray for the election as we meet for our morning worship rhythm. Could you join us? Remotely (or in person if you’re local)?

The image used in this post is of an original painting by Barbara Macnish, created during our night of prayer for the UK last term.

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