Making Friday 22nd February a day of special focus in prayer.
There is certainly a need to pray for breakthrough into the apparent stalemate between Westminster and Brussels, even as new twists and turns continue to develop. The vote in Parliament on 29th January 2019, was significant because a number of Labour MPS voted with the government not to extend Article 50, bring the whole matter of timing into sharp focus with March 29th being only a few weeks ahead of us now. Pray for the handful of MPs from both sides who have stepped away in protest from their mother parties. Is their stance merely opportunistic individualism – a ‘straw in the wind’ – or is it something more than a symbolic gesture that others will follow, and which will lead to some degree of political realignment?
Although most people are bone weary of the whole topic, these things merit our attention, for the simple reason that we are called first and foremost to ‘pray for all men with all forms of prayers and requests as you intercede with intense passion. And pray for every political leader (or king) and representative, (or magistates) so that we would be able to live tranquil, undisturbed lives, as we worship the awe-inspiring God with pure hearts.’ (See 1 Tim. 2:1-3 TPT)
There has been a call to make Friday 22nd a day of special prayer and fasting – not in big meetings but simply where we are. I am sorry we were not able to give more advanced warning of this.
Praying ‘with intense passion’ sounds a great deal more inspiring than just supposing that our prayers are nothing but a ‘drop in an ocean!’ So let’s continue to play our part in the ongoing political and economic shaping of our times – remembering, too, the many who are losing their livelihoods in places such as Swindon and Jaguar-Landrover, irrespective of the extent to which these decisions were directly Brexit related or not.
To keep these wider issues in focus, we are passing on the following article from the Jubilee Centre. The comments at the end of it represent a wide and interesting range of viewpoints.