2nd December 2019

Pray For Scotland: Election 2019 - December 2, The power of the Gospel


"…Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many of you were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not to nullify the things that are, so that no-one may boast before him." (1 Cor 1:26b-29)


Politics today is dominated by themes such as power, strength, wisdom and influence. Parties campaign hard to secure ‘power’. A ‘strong’ government is to be lauded, while election successes can often be put down to a ‘wise’ campaign strategy and there are regular columns devoted in newspapers to the most ‘influential’ people in politics.


These are themes that also dominate the writing of Paul in his letters to the Church in Corinth. However what he says about them is surprising and would have been as counter-culture then as it is today. Paul says that at the heart of Christianity is the Cross. To many in Corinth, as would be the case today, the Cross would have been seen as weak, pathetic, foolish and frankly a bit embarrassing how can a man dying as a criminal be anything special or powerful? Yet Paul says it is the power of God and it is through the Cross that we are saved (1 Cor 1:19) it is the supreme example of God using a weak thing to shame the strong and the supreme example of humble servanthood.


As followers of Christ, this should shape how we live that our desires should not be for worldly power and influence, but to preach Christ crucified ‘the power of God and wisdom of God.’


For prayer:


* Thank God for the power and wisdom of the Gospel. At this election time, pray that more people would come to know this power and wisdom in politics and elsewhere.

* For the many Christians working across Government that they would work with grace and humility, whatever their position.

* That Civil Servants in London, Edinburgh and elsewhere - would support their Governments well in helping to discern what is best for our nations at this time. Pray particularly for those who will be supporting the new Government that will form in Westminster after the election.


Richard McCallum [Richard is a Scottish Civil Servant]



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=5c63404980&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=d69fc3ec62&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=6ca72bc937&e=07f6e6f39c> .

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