Over the past few weeks, our news headlines have been flooded with messages of terrorism, political uncertainty, rise in mental health issues etc. All of these have created an environment of fear, insecurity and confusion. We have also seen more prayer requests for London, Manchester and various places. But the question is; are these requests for prayer what we tend to do in times of uncertainty, or are we actually praying as a nation?
In Ezekiel 22:30, it says, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one”.
In the midst of uncertainty and fear, believers are called to stand in the gap and intercede for their nation. In the midst of spiritual warfare, where natural efforts are proving ineffective, believers are called to take up the whole armour of God and pray concerning the matter. Our prayers are not wishful thinking or empty words that are said without the assurance of an answer. As children of God, we have access to the throne room of grace and the full attention of our God. Our confidence rests in the unfailing love and compassion of our God. Our confidence rests in the fact that if we draw near to Him in prayer, He will also draw near to us; and wherever our God is, there is fullness of joy, peace and love.
Concerning prayer, Paul instructs Timothy by saying, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Church, we are encouraged to pray without ceasing, but in times like this, we are called to go even deeper in corporate prayer for our nation and all people to ensure the sustainability of our peace and security.
This Wednesday (7th June) we have our prayer meeting at 7:30pm at Didcot Civic Hall. We will be praying for the security of our nation, for the election and for the church. If you really want to live “a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way”, come and let us go deeper in corporate prayer and see what the Lord will do. Hope to see you all there.