Ian and Pauline Cole and Steve Botham of World Prayer Centre, Birmingham, were at the Day of Prayer for Britain on Saturday. Here’s an update from Steve.
The Day of Prayer for the Nation at Wembley on August 31st was a releasing day. There was a wonderful spirit of worship and expectation as a glorious diversity of leaders from across the country, the denominations, the nations, and generations, led prayer. Five key themes emerged as we move into a new phase in our nation:
- Unity – we will all have different views on Brexit and many other issues but we are God’s chosen people if we have given our lives to Jesus. We are family where love, honour and togetherness bind us.
- Humility – we are like the fishermen who said Lord we have toiled all night and taken nothing but at your word, we will let down the nets. We are crying for more of Jesus and less of us. We want to get rid of pride, and uncertainty concerns about our reputation and standing and status. Our focus is Jesus.
- Awake – God is calling us into action NOW
- The fire and glory of God – as we humble ourselves, as we are of one heart and one mind, as we awake – the fire of God comes. There was a deep, powerful prayer for the fire to fall. But there is more to do, we need sustained prayer and hunger for the fire to fall wherever God has put us. He has His hand on our nation – this is His time.
- The fullness of God – God’s fullness comes on the church in Britain when we unite when we embrace the blessings of the many new nations God has sent to the UK, and when we release the young people. We can be people who hold back blessing by giving our energy to criticising, but God calls us to be powerful releasers of blessing – proclaimers of Jesus in what we do and say. Holy Spirit release us into the fullness.
As one speaker put it – we are in Christ not in crisis*. Another spoke powerfully about the call on our nation not just to be a gospel sender but as the Shepherd to the nations. We stand in awe at what God is doing.
The WPC Team
*Colin Urquhart: “I said to the Lord this morning, ‘Lord, help us in this crisis!’ And the Lord replied, ‘What crisis? Heaven is not in crisis. … I am not in crisis. ….And if your faith is in me, you are not in crisis, either.’ “