3rd December 2019

Pray For Scotland: Election 2019 - December 3, Pray for all candidates

 

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." [Phil 2:3-4]

 

In recent years our society has lost faith in our political leaders. We now seldom hear Westminster praised as the ‘Mother of Parliaments’. We have little confidence in our elected representatives, but our democratic system is still dependent on men and women putting their names forward as candidates to be voted for or against.

 

There will always be exceptions, but the vast majority of those who stand for election are motivated by a passionate desire to build a better future for our nation, to set higher goals for every aspect of our common life, and to hand over to our children and our children’s children a society which is better in every possible way,

 

Standing as a candidate is a costly business. It involves putting one’s head above the parapet, exposing oneself to scrutiny, and accepting harsh and often unfair criticism. That cost is shared by the family and friends of all those who stand.

 

As we move towards polling day, we should be grateful for those who make our democracy work by allowing their names to go onto the ballot paper. We do not need to agree with their politics, religion or morals to value their contribution. We would be a weaker society if only the people who agree with us and our views were allowed to be nominated.

 

Pray for our candidates and their families …

 

* For the Lord’s protection as they deal with the debates which often include hurtful and personal criticism, and even physical aggression. Pray that they will not be left with emotional scars.

* For the Lord’s wisdom as they respond to the opportunities to share a vision for the future. Pray that they find themselves surprised by the quality of their own contribution.

* For the Lord’s blessing as they deal with their success or failure, and as they prepare for the next stage of their life journey. Pray that the experience of this election leaves them as better people and more open to the Gospel.

 

Stephen Blakey [Stephen is Minister of The Isla Church of Scotland Parishes in Angus]

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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=8d3a5f637a&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=f99576764c&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=4f61d46549&e=07f6e6f39c> .


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