28th March 2019

Praying for the Government

“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.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

Where do you stand on Brexit? Are you a remoaner who wants a people’s vote to try and reverse the decision? Are you a hard Brexiteer who would just be happy to leave the EU whether there is a deal or not? The referendum in 2016 left the country divided and there is little indication that some 2 ½ years later we are less divided. How should a Christian view all of this?

No doubt Christians reflect the views present in the general population with some being for exiting the EU whilst others wish to remain. Whatever our personal views on Brexit, let me suggest that there is one thing all Christians can be united on and join together in, and that is praying for the government of the day in dealing with the issues that confront it. There is a daily prayer that is said in the House of Commons which is a rich and a very powerful prayer. It says:
Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed. Amen.

Sadly, some have sought to stop this prayer being said in Parliament. They may or may not be successful in that endeavour, but it doesn’t stop Christians joining together to pray this prayer for our nation. Maybe the view Christians should take on Brexit and on any issue that is debated in Parliament is to prayerfully bring it before the throne of grace.

I’ve decided to commit to praying this prayer for our country, why not join me?

Prayer
Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed.
Amen

Study by Barry Robinson
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About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder and part of the National Ministry Team directing Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He is also a pastoral worker in the South of England, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON
SE5 7HN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: camberwell@gracecom.church

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