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 Let’s pray

13. july

A political week like last week is an emotional rollercoaster for all of us as we watch it unfold, but even more so for those public servants caught up in the heart of it, trying to work out what they should do.

The Bishop of Manchester tweeted last week that it was his first ever week as Duty Bishop, reading prayers at the start of each day’s sittings in the Lords and meeting with ministers. What a first week!  In amongst all the drama, I found his tweet beautifully reassuring, reminding us of how we can pray in and through these times, and hold our public servants in prayer. And of course, this is something that Christians have been doing for centuries.  In 1 Timothy it says:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

There are many Christians in parliament actively inviting God into the work of government.  I was particularly moved to see that 700 parliamentarians, peers and church leaders joined together in prayer for the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast last week on Tuesday. You can watch a recording of the livestream by searching for it on YouTube. Perfect timing for a big parliamentary prayer event! In his resignation speech Sajid Javid referred to the thoughts of Rev Les Isaac OBE, founder of Street Pastors and President of Ascension Trust, who spoke at the prayer breakfast on serving the common good.  It’s a wonderful encouragement to hear this Godly message being reflected upon and spoken about by parliamentarians during times of big decision making.

As things continue to rapidly unfold and change in government, let’s get praying too!  Christians in Parliament have some advice on their website about how to pray for our MPs and parliament.

Photo: National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2022 James Somerville-Meikle

Louise McFerran, 13/07/2022