On the first of July, we began a month of prayer specifically for the United Kingdom after the EU Referendum. As we pray for the UK, the daily prayer prompts will be added weekly on this page and daily on Facebook, so please check back regularly if you would like to take part.
“Here are my directions: Pray much for others; plead for God’s mercy upon them; give thanks for all he is going to do for them.
Pray in this way for kings and all others who are in authority over us, or are in places of high responsibility, so that we can live in peace and quietness, spending our time in godly living and thinking much about the Lord. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, for he longs for all to be saved and to understand this truth:” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 TLB
Pray For The UK
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Week 1: Seeking God
Focus our thoughts on God as we join together to pray for the UK over this month.
Spend time in worship
Reflect on the Lord’s Prayer.
For the 2nd day, we focus our prayers on our need for God, for us, our country and the World.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
Matthew 6:33 NLT
Today we focus our prayers on God’s will
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Romans 12:2 AMP
As we focus our prayers on praying for God’s will today, here are some of my thoughts as I reflect on this.
As we seek to rebuild, there will be a time of mourning over the ruins, where roots of hated has been exposed. Many are hurting by the actions of those who say they are no longer welcome here…. Let us pray without ceasing as 1 Thess 5:17 teaches us to, for God’s will to be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10). For us to love our neighbour as Jesus showed us (Mk 12:31).
May we come together in unity with repentant hearts for a country that increasingly turns its back on God, and pray that through this current crisis where many live in fear for the future, will find hope in Jesus Christ.
As I read Nehemiah’s prayer in chapter 1, his words are particularly poignant.
Here is the Scripture
“O Lord God,” I cried out; “O great and awesome God who keeps his promises and is so loving and kind to those who love and obey him! Hear my prayer! Listen carefully to what I say! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you; yes, I and my people have committed the horrible sin of not obeying the commandments you gave us through your servant Moses.” Nehemiah 1:5-7 TLB
May we feel that call to constantly pray for God’s will to be done, and for our countries (wherever we live) to turn back to God.
Today we focus on our witness of God’s glory, sharing the hope we have in Jesus Christ, as His representatives in the World.
“God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 MSG
Today we focus on praying for Church unity and leadership
“so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
Romans 12:5 NIV
“Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful]. There is one body [of believers] and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when called [to salvation]— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all who is [sovereign] over all and [working] through all and [living] in all.” Ephesians 4:3-6 AMP
Today’s prayer focuses on sharing the hope we have in Jesus
“And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:21 NLT
“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”
1 Peter 3:14-16 NLT
For today’s prayer we focus on peace and reconciliation
“Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” Psalm 34:14 NLT
Week 2: United Kingdom after the referendum
Today we focus our prayers on unity, to heal the divisions in our country.
“be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit.”
1 Thess 5:17-19 AMP
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20 ESV
For the next 5 days we focus our prayers on England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. I recommend looking through current news items for each area to help focus your prayers.
“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:27 NLT
“We live in the bold confidence that God hears our voices when we ask for things that fit His plan.” 1 John 5:14 VOICE
“The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 NLT
As we prepare our hearts in prayer and join together to pray for the UK, let’s come before God and be still.
“In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27 AMP
Today we pray for England
Today we pray for Wales
Today we pray for Scotland
Today we pray for Northern Ireland
Today we pray for Gibraltar
Today we focus our prayers on our relationship with Europe and the other countries in the world.
I suggest looking at the international news to help guide your prayers.
“The Eternal owns the world; He exercises His gentle rule over all the nations.” Psalm 22:29 VOICE
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.”
Psalm 67 NIV
Week 3: Values and Politics
Today we focus our prayers on what we want to be as a country.
What are the values we want to stand for in the United Kingdom?
“The Eternal is ready to share His wisdom with us, for His words bring true knowledge and insight; He has stored up the essentials of sound wisdom for those who do right; He acts as a shield for those who value integrity.God protects the paths of those who pursue justice, watching over the lives of those who keep faith with Him.” Proverbs 2:6-9 VOICE
“Now since we have chosen to walk with the Spirit, let’s keep each step in perfect sync with God’s Spirit. This will happen when we set aside our self-interests and work together to create true community instead of a culture consumed by provocation, pride, and envy.” Galatians 5:25-26 VOICE
Today we pray for the role of Mass Media in reporting events and sharing information.
As I prayerfully thought about some of the things we could pray for, I considered how much the Media can be used for both good and bad.
Let us pray for those who make decisions in what they choose to share across the media platform, to re-evaluate their message and consider their responsibilities.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 ESV
Today we pray for the new Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as for the new Cabinet Office.
To see who has been given new ministerial roles please see here
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18 NIV
“When people make good choices, He is pleased; He even causes their enemies to live peacefully near them.” Proverbs 16:7 VOICE
“If you have been given a voice of encouragement, then use it often. If giving is your gift, then be generous. If leading, then be eager to get started. If sharing God’s mercy, then be cheerful in sharing it.” Romans 12:8 VOICE
Today we focus our prayers on the political parties of the United Kingdom.
Where there are differences in opinions and policies, let’s pray for respect and honour to be shown to each other to work together for the good of the country.
“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT
“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.” Matthew 7:12 MSG
“Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honouring each other.” Romans 12:9-10 TLB
Today we focus our prayers on the role of the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Let’s pray that they work together for the good of the country, to be kind, compassionate, humble, even tempered… and seek to honour those who they work with and for.
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offence. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Colossians 3:12-14 MSG
Today we pray for MPs, MEPs, Local Government and Councils.
Let us pray for wisdom, humility, to listen to each other and those who live in their constituency and counties. We also need to remember to pray for their protection as they go about their work.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 ESV
“… let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.” Galatians 6:9 TLB
Today we pray for discussions on how to proceed leaving the EU.
“If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it.” James 1:5 TLB
Week 4: Issues concerning our country now and in the future
Today we pray for the issues affecting our communities, cities, towns, villages
I suggest looking at local and national news to help focus your prayers on particular needs. Another idea would be to go on a prayer walk around your neighbourhood.
“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.” Galatians 6:2 TLB
“Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another.” Ephesians 4:2-3 TLB
Today we focus our prayers on issues surrounding racism, discrimination, and other hate crimes
Let’s join together to pray for justice, protection and healing for those who have been affected by racism, discrimination and other hate crimes, as well as for a change of heart of those who seek to oppress and harm others.
O Lord, “Put Your marvellous love on display for all to see. Liberator of those who long for shelter beside You, set them safely away from their enemies, ever welcomed by grace.” Psalm 25:7 VOICE
“Eternal One, my True God, I cried out to You for help; You mended the shattered pieces of my life.” Psalm 30:2 VOICE
For the following 7 days we pray for particular issues, concerns and services
Today we pray for welfare and health services
Here are some thoughts to help you focus your prayers –
- For support and safety of staff in welfare and health services as they seek to help people in crisis
- For good quality of care for those most in need in our communities
- Wisdom for those in leadership on a national and local level that impact the services available
- Finances for essential services, where funding is limited and being cut across the country
Today we pray for education – schools, colleges and universities…
What educational needs do you have in your community? Collect a list of local schools, colleges… and pray for the staff and students.
Today we pray for our economy, business, trade and jobs
Prayer points –
- For our economy that is under strain with the changes our country is going through
- For those who are in leadership who make decisions that affect our country’s finances now and in the future
- For those whose businesses have been affected by the uncertainty of the financial markets
- For those facing redundancy
- For those who are going through a crisis; who are struggling to pay their bills and going through the overwhelming strain of dealing with debt
Today we focus our prayers on housing and local services
I suggest looking through your local county council website to build a list of local services to help you in our prayers
Prayer points to consider –
- Housing decisions in local area
- Affordable housing
- Local services that are in need of help/support/ or improvement
- Is there anything you can do to help make a difference in your community?
Today we pray for issues affecting our environment and our countryside
To be updated of current concerns affecting our environment, various wildlife and green charities are helpful to follow.
What environmental local issues are being discussed in your area?
Today we pray about our response to immigration issues and how best to help those fleeing war torn countries
Prayer points –
- For wisdom and compassion for those in Government who make decisions on immigration
- For changes in policies taken on a international, national and local level
- For those who have experienced prejudice and hate in our communities
- For individuals and families who are living in fear and lost everything that is familiar to them
- For lone children who have lost their families in war torn countries
- For charities who are working hard to help those in need
Today we pray for the security of the United Kingdom
As we know, our world is under enormous strain from various acts of hate and intolerance.
Let’s join together to pray for those who work to help keep our country safe and secure, and for wisdom to know how best to defeat the growing concerns we are facing. Let’s also remember those who are grieving and who are injured from acts of terrorism.
As we come to the last day of our 31 days of pray for the UK, let’s give thanks to our gracious, loving and compassionate God, who listens to our prayers. May we give thanks each day for all He does.
“Give thanks to our Eternal Lord; He is always good. He never ceases to be loving and kind.” Psalm 118:29 VOICE
Let’s follow the example of Jesus in everything we do, giving thanks, praying and seeking the face of God for the many needs of our communities and country.
Thank you for joining with me in prayer.