Prayer for the General Election in the UK today

May 7, 2015

From the Global Prayer Resource Network, these suggestions on how to be praying for the UK:

Praying towards the General Elections in the United Kingdom, 7 May 2015 

“It’s not about them. It’s all about you. Not them. You. About you because a general election is one of those rare times when your voice counts as much as anyone else’s voice does. About you because you have the chance to help choose who represents you and your community in Parliament. About you because you can influence who will run the country for the next five years and, therefore, help shape what sort of country you live in. Rarely has there been a choice so wide or one with an impact which could be so dramatic.” So writes Nick Robinson Political Editor of the BBC.

To those within the UK: we have the responsibility of standing guard in prayer over the whole process that will now roll out to Election Day on 7th May and beyond – what a privilege!  Use: 1 Timothy 2: 1-3; Ephesians 3: 10-12

To those in other nations around the world, please pray for the Election process in the UK as you read this.  The outcome of these elections will have an impact on all of us.

Let’s continue to worship Jesus as Lord; thank Him for His goodness; seek His forgiveness; release the blessing of Father, Son and Holy Spirit into the whole process and pray for His Kingdom to come and His will be done.

Praying for:

  • God’s mercy on the UK  – we have done much to grieve God’s heart
  • God’s plans and purposes for the UK to be fulfilled
  • Safety from terrorism – up to and beyond The Election
  • Honesty to mark the final days of campaigning by the party leaders and those standing locally.
  • God to call new Christians into our assemblies, parliaments  & in local government
  • Wise & unbiased reporting by the media
  • Many people to turn out and use their votes wisely – in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland (James 1:5)
  • Wisdom in the formation of new government in Westminster and in the Assemblies in Northern Ireland and Wales and Parliament in Scotland (Prov.14:34; 11:14)

Source:  World Prayer Centre

 

Also, here’s the prayer published by the Church of England for today’s elections:

Lord, we give thanks for the privileges and responsibilities of living in a democratic society.

Give us wisdom to play our part at election time, that, through the exercise of each vote, your Kingdom may come closer.

Protect us from the sins of despair and cynicism, guard us against the idols of false utopias and strengthen us to make politics a noble calling that serves the common good of all.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

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National Day of Prayer in the U.S.

May 7, 2015

image credit: nationaldayofprayer.org

The theme for the 2015 National Day of Prayer is Lord, Hear Our Cry, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.  To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen I Kings 8:28 as our Scripture for this year:  “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

Here’s the prayer for today’s National Day of Prayer in the US, written by the National Day of Prayer Chairman

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You.

Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word.

We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.

Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.

Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

– 2015 National Prayer by Dr. Jack Graham

 

For more resources:

Web: http://nationaldayofprayer.org

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NationalPrayer

(also hashtag:  #NDOP)

 

 

 


May 7th is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S.

May 5, 2015

Thursday May 7th is the National Day of Prayer.

I’ll be posting some resources later this evening.  Interestingly, the resources for the National Day of Prayer sent out by the Global Prayer Resource Network, to which I subscribe, also included suggestions for how to pray for the upcoming elections in the UK.  So I will post those prayer points as well…  stay tuned….


World Music for Easter [French] – Alléluia sung by Paul Baloche

May 5, 2015

Not all the songs in my Easter playlist are in English.  I’ve got Arabic, French, Spanish and Swahili songs mixed in too…   One of the newest additions to my Easter playlist is a wonderful song from Paul Baloche’s 2013 album Glorieux, a fantastic collection of 14 French worship songs.  The song is simply entitled Alléluia.

Most of the songs on Glorieux are French versions of Paul Baloche’s own songs, but as best I can tell, this song was originally written in French, and I don’t believe it has been ever been recorded in English.   I have really fallen in love with this song in the past few weeks… it starts quite quietly, focused on Christ’s humbling Himself to die on the Cross and then towards the end it crescendos to wonderful joyous praise for the Resurrection and Christ’s triumph.   Even if you don’t understand French, give it a listen.  It’s a beautiful song.  [I’ve provided a rough translation of the lyrics alongside the French words below]

You can find out more about the album Glorieux and listen to samples of the songs at the leadworship.com website.

Alléluia by DAN LUITEN and JéRéMIE POULET
Performed by Paul Baloche and Friends, from the 2013 French worship album Glorieux

Tu t’es abaissé, pour l’humanité  [You lowered yourself for humanity]
Tu fus humilié et abandonné  [You were humiliated and abandoned]
Ta mort est ma vie,  [Your death is my life]
Tu payas le prix [You paid the price]
Sans crainte aujourd’hui, [Without fear today…]
Mon âme s’écrie :  [my soul cries out:]

Refrain
Alléluia, alléluia, alléluia   [Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia]
Tu es saint, tu es saint.  [You are holy, You are holy]

Je suis à tes pieds pour te remercier  [I am at Your feet to thank You…]
D’avoir accepté de tout supporter  [… for having accepted to bear all]
Éprouvé je tiens,  [Tested, I’m holding [on]]
pardonné je viens [Forgiven, I come…]
Avec tous les saints chanter, [with all the saints to sing…]
Tu reviens. [You’re returning.]

Pont
Élevé, glorifié, tu es ressucité et tu vis à jamais  [Exalted, glorified, You have risen and You live forevermore.]

 


Apologies for posting lapse…

May 5, 2015

My apologies for the fairly abrupt halt in posting here.  Internet outages and very heavy workload combined to knock me out of any kind of blogging routine.  I’m missing it, and am hoping I can still get back to some blogging before the end of the week.

Thanks for your understanding!


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