After the referendum...
from Prayer Alert http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101224903965&ca=0ab2dea9-aef0-4f35-a16e-8f2569a1679a
In the light of today'?s dramatic events, with the UK voting to leave the EU and David Cameron saying that he will step down, it?'s important to remember that God has a spiritual purpose for the United Kingdom and Europe.
It?'s time to pray for our political leaders to get up and go forward graciously, doing the job they were chosen to do, and for God to give us His peace and stability.
We can declare that Jesus is Lord over the decision to leave, and ask for God's guidance for all leaders.
Pray for much wisdom for our Parliament and Government as they respond to the result; for reconciliation for those on opposing sides of the debate; and for relationships not to be damaged.
Pray for our leaders in government, banking and commerce to unite for national economic and political stability both in the short term and long term.
Pray also that we will value the contribution that each of us has to make in the public square, and for a greater recognition of the hard work that our public servants do in a difficult and challenging role.
for God to give our politicians wisdom as they work through all the implications of this decision. Pray for political stability, and for the UK to be blessed and be a blessing to other nations. (Gen.12:2)
from Pat Allerton
Britain needs our prayers.
After one of the most historic votes in our nation's history, we face an uncertain future. It's hard to know how to respond, but prayer has got to be part of it!
This is a call for the church to rise up. For Christians, young and old, of every background, creed and denomination, to come together in peace and unity, for an hour of prayer for our nation.
We'll gather on Parliament Square, the very heart of British democracy, for a time of prayer, worship and getting on our knees. No stage, no mics, no agenda. Just the people of God in one place at one time, seeking God for the sake of our future.
So tell your friends and tell your churches, come alone or come with others, and let's put faith and hope into action, standing together at this key time.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
Be informed – here are a few websites to help our continued engagement:
1. CARE – Read arguments from both sides. http://www.care.org.uk/eureferendum
2. Christians in Politics – EU focus information and resources. http://www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk/eufocus
3. Evangelical Alliance’s Idea Magazine May - June 2016. The Europe Issue will look at this from all sides and feature many key issues. http://www.eauk.org
4. Reimagining Europe - a multidisciplinary blog hosted by the Church of England and the Church of Scotland with the editorial support of Crucible, the Christian Journal of Social Ethics. http://www.reimaginingeurope.co.uk
5. Theos Think Tank – A soul for the union downloadable from: http://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/publications/2016/01/21/a-soul-for-the-union
6. The Jubilee Centre is producing a number of discussion papers and articles in the lead up to the EU Referendum. http://www.jubilee-centre.org/eu_referendum_resources
7. KLICE—The Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics. http://www.klice.co.uk/index.php/eu-referendum-2016
Afterthoughts by Tim Harrold
"The sun has risen..." Nigel Farage* 24.6.16
Now, let's let the Sun of Righteousness arise through his Sons...
The 'great' of Great Britain refers to Britain's geography. And that geography has historical significance and spiritual importance. Britain has been 'great' in many ways, good and bad. Alfred, another 'great', gave us a Common Law based on the Bible. In that sense, Britain has a Christian foundation; but Britain has probably never been a Christian nation, despite its prominent place in Constantinian Christendom.
I dare to suggest that Britain is yet to become truly great; great in a sense which cannot fully grasp less than 24 hours after the Leaver vote took us out of the empirical experiment that was and is the EU.
Let us determine in faith to believe in the promises of God for the church of Jesus, with the signposts of the prophetic words of Smith Wigglesworth, Jean Darnel and (in November 2014) Heidi Baker, who announced the coming revival of love. Those fires of this love are burning in Coleraine, Cwnbran, and now Reading...
Jesus said he didn't come to bring peace, but a sword. He divides opinion, even among his disciples. But also Jesus divides between the divided of the world (the perpetual ying and yang of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) and the united of the kingdom (the wholly other uniqueness of the tree of life).
We may allow ourselves a long now of grace and joy.
At the Thurrock Leaders' Prayer on Thursday 23 June, I got this scripture from Daniel 5, about the writing on the wall...
25 ‘This is the inscription that was written:
mene, mene, tekel, parsin
26 ‘Here is what these words mean:
Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.’
* I'm just quoting these words, not necessarily agreeing with the person who said them!
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