In the midst of many profound shakings and uncertainties, Rosalind and I would like to invite you to join us in this cry for the nation that we recorded with the help of anointed musicians, including the trumpeters Anthony Thompson and Kevin Ashman as they play this stunning piece of music from Monteverdi’s Vespers.
Although we wrote it originally for the British Isles, and drawing on the words of the prophet Jeremiah, they are entirely relevant to apply to other situations, and indeed nations.
A Cry for the Nation
Prayer for the nation Based on words from the prophet Jeremiah with music by Monteverdi
Give glory to the LORD your God before He brings the darkness,
before your feet stumble on the darkening hills.
But if you will not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears.
Because Your law is not obeyed, our eyes will flow unceasingly with tears until You look down from heaven. We will sit alone in silence, for You have laid this on us. We will humble ourselves and pray and seek Your face — that there may yet be hope (Jer. 13:6-7; Lam 3:28-29,49-50, Ps. 119:136).
Raise up much that will speak of You in music song and dance, in word and film and mime and rhyme. For You who set the whole of created universe on its sacred way watch us on our way, and long to draw us close as the climax of this age draw near.
“If anyone is in Christ they become a brand new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Therefore our repentance is no wasted effort, for it leads us straight to Your feet, Lord Jesus. The very memory of all Your mercies gives us confidence to plead Your pardon for our hardened state.
It is Your kindness that sets us free the blindness and helps us recognise Your leading throughout our history. And still You are attentive to the cry of those who mourn before You for our sins and deep indifference.
These longings that burn within the hearts of those prepared to face such things are but the foretaste of great riches beyond, when we will behold the King in His beauty and delight in Him who delights in us.
Lord, be gracious to us; we long for You.
Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
“Now will I arise,” says the LORD. “Now will I be exalted; now will I be lifted up.
Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, and refuse entry to even the thought of evil deeds – they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them. Their eyes will see the king in His beauty and view a land that stretches afar (Is. 33:1, 10-11, 14-17).
Lord of the nations, as Your Name is proclaimed throughout these islands and right across this continent, may we fulfil our redemptive callings and send forth many teachers of Your Word.
Extend and prolong Your mercy, that many who are not yet reconciled to You may be empowered to name the Name the politically correct would seek to shun.
Direct the flow of Your mercy to all realms and regions of our life today.
Defuse the powers that are at work in and behind many layers of danger.
Choose to keep watching over our lands. Father God, renew Your wonders in our day and bring about the greatest harvest we have yet seen. In Jesus’ name, Amen.