Let Us Pray2 Chronicles 20:12
We know not what to do, but our eyes are upon You
Over the past few months, the UK has experienced and continues to experience terrorism like never before; there is instability in the government following the recent general election concerning a majority party in parliament. More recently, the fire engulfing the Grenfell Tower in the city of London has shaken many communities within the UK and further afield. In this period of never-ending catastrophes and economic shocks, like Jehoshaphat we too cry out Lord, ‘We know not what to do, but our eyes are upon you’ (2 Chronicles 20:12). We may feel powerless in a period of uncertainty. But God, who is omnipresent and omniscient, hears the prayers of the saints.
As the Body of Christ, we have collectively been given the mandate to pray for all people. ‘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.’ (Ezekiel 22:30) Let us not be like the wicked leaders of Israel, instead we must stand in the gap and lift up our nation with all its flaws and favours before God, and pray that He will continue to answer our prayers according to His will and purpose.
In line with the National Directive, our mission focus is to reach the lost and fulfil the great commission. We are instructed to ‘go and proclaim the Kingdom of God’ (Luke 9:60). Therefore, we are focussing our attention on local and regional activities to increase our local community engagement. We must seek for His guidance and direction in our outreach initiatives, keeping our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus – the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
- We pray that we will not submit to fear, worry or defeat, irrespective of the fact that headline news stories are somewhat negative and evil often appears to be winning. Our God is true to His word in that ‘we will have no fear of bad news’; our hearts will be steadfast, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112:7 NIV). We pray that our voices will be heard now, more than ever before. We pray against a feeling of powerlessness in our communities, cities and nation. We stand as the light that breaks through darkness (Ephesians 5:8).
- Over the past few months we have seen terrorism threat levels within the UK change from severe to critical, eventually reducing to severe.
We pray that the prayer levels across the UK will be raised from ‘severe prayer’ to ‘critical prayer.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us that we are to ‘pray without ceasing.’
The Manchester bombing in May 2017 was changed to critical and 4 days later reduced to severe. Similarly, we see the increase in terrorist attacks and changes in terrorism threat levels in London. We therefore, give notice to the forces of Satanism, and acknowledge the mighty battle operating in the spiritual realms for the future of the UK. We pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come, Your will be done’ (Matthew 6:10) to be echoed throughout our land and that the ‘satanic kingdoms’ that oppose Jesus as Lord to be dislodged. As we turn our eyes to You Lord and as terrorist threat levels continue to change, we as the Church of God of Prophecy raise the prayer level across the nation from severe to critical. We stand in the gap and pray for:
- The peace and security of our communities and cities.
- Those who form our Parliament and Government.
- Every family affected by terrorists.
- The protection upon large community areas where many people will gather.
- Every transport system
- All plans of iniquity to be unveiled before implementation.
- Police officers, ambulance and fire services.
- The 8th June 2017 general election results have created further unease within the UK economy. With 649 out of 650 seats counted, the Conservative gained 318 seats (less than half of the seats required to form a strong government). As the UK government strive for post-election stability, we pray for:
- Wisdom for the Prime Minister, the cabinet and the Queen (Proverbs 3:1-3).
- Leaders who will seek His face.
- The salvation of the souls of all politicians and leaders of the UK and that they will come to the knowledge of truth. “Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
National Events: Please be praying for the following:
- Corporate Convocation (previously known as National Convention) – 25th – 27th August 2017
- Timothy School of Ministries, the first Saturday in each month
- European Youth Conference (Prague, Czech Republic) – 20th-23rd July 2017
- Corporate Missions Symposium – Repositioning and Sharpening COGOPUK’s focus on Missions – July 22, 2017
Prayer schedule for our Corporate Convocation
7 days of prayer from 10/07/17 – 16/07/17. Each region will host a prayer session one day in the week as detailed below:
Task 1: Each region to host a prayer session one day in the week as detailed below:
Monday 10th July 2017: Region 3 (South West)
Tuesday 11th July 2017: Region 6 (North East)
Wednesday 12th July 2017: Region 4 (West Midlands)
Thursday 13th July 2017: Region 2 (South East) & Region 5 (North West)
Friday 14th July 2017: Region 1 (South London)
Saturday 15th July 2017: Region 1 (North London)
Task 2: Each Regional Prayer Coordinator in collaboration with their respective Regional Bishop to decide the appropriate time, and plan the prayer session.
Task 3: Each Senior Pastor in collaboration with their local Prayer Coordinator to plan, and encourage participation of the entire membership with the 24Hrs of continuous prayer from midday Saturday 15/07 to midday Sunday 16/07.
Task 4: All local Churches should be encouraged to fast for the convocation during the week of prayer
Sister Candice Henry from our National Prayer Team will circulate the information for the 24Hr prayer wheel through our Corporate Administrative office
Pastor Heather Cunningham
National Prayer Director
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
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