1st December 2019

Pray For Scotland: Election 2019 - December 1, The message of reconciliation


"All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." [2 Cor 5:18-19]


It is perhaps appropriate that the General Election is taking place during Advent this year. If ever our country has been in need of reconciliation, it’s now. And what better story of reconciliation is there than that of the Heavenly Father sending his Son to live the life of sinners in order to restore His relationship with them?


We are in the midst of what has been an extremely divisive time in politics. In addition to the usual party divides, there have been dramatic divisions within parties. Hurtful words have been said between politicians, between colleagues and between friends.


Whether candidates or electors, our greatest calling during and after this election is to be disciples of God, and part of that calling is to be bearers of the message of reconciliation. We do that by showing kindness in the middle of opposition and anger, by showing Christ-like love even when we think others are in the wrong, and by showing grace to those whose words have wounded us. It is in the way that we disagree that people will see Jesus’ love and ultimately seek reconciliation, not just with one another, but with God.


Whatever the outcome of the election, whatever the outcome of Brexit, whether we are overjoyed or disappointed, we must humbly follow the example of our Lord and seek reconciliation.


Please pray for:


* the healing of hurts caused by division within political parties;

* political leaders to be gracious towards one another, even at times of disagreement;

* the health and safety of our MSP’s, who are still working at Holyrood while in addition spending time canvassing on behalf of local candidates seeking election to Westminster;

* the reconciliation of friendships (both within the political world and outwith) that have been damaged by issues surrounding this election.



Jeremy Balfour [Jeremy is a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothians Region]



Election prayer events & resources

Are you/your local churches planning a pre-election prayer event? Send us your details - location, date, time and we'll circulate details.


* A group of prayer leaders in England are gathering in Parliament Sqaure for 30 minute silent prayer at 12 noon on Friday 6 December - details here <https://prayforscotland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fcb85bdb8da62409e6832f859&id=ee9d4958f0&e=07f6e6f39c> if you wish to join them, either in London or in prayer wherever you are.

* Parliamentary Prayer Scotland (PPS) are holding a day of prayer from 10.30am to 6.00pm on Tuesday 10 December at the Salvation Army, West Adam Street, Pleasance, Edinburgh. All welcome. Bring a snack lunch.

* PWAMM are hosting a Pastors & Leaders pre-election day of prayer from 10.30am-2.00pm on Tuesday 10 December at the David Lloyd Centre, Arkelston Road,Cockleshill Park, Renfrew. Lunch provided. Booking required - email office@pwamm.com

* The Evangelical Alliance has a prayer series entitled ‘Praying ahead of the General Election <https://prayforscotland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fcb85bdb8da62409e6832f859&id=e0505219f4&e=07f6e6f39c> ’ to aid the church in its intercession in the run-up to the General Election.

* CARE has an election website EngaGE19 <https://prayforscotland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fcb85bdb8da62409e6832f859&id=46cc23ac0d&e=07f6e6f39c> .

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