God’s Miracle at Dunkirk – a reflection by Richard Gamble of The Wall

When Call the Nation to Prayer came to be back in 2016, one of the very first reflections was about whether there could be a national call to prayer. This page was created on this website: ctntp.uk/other-insights/the-miracle-of-dunkirk

We have just received an email circulation containing a stirring video, on the same subject, from our friend Richard Gamble, who heads up The Wall of Answered Prayer.

thewall.org.uk

The Wall with wording

God’s Miracle at Dunkirk

On the 24th of May it will be the 80th anniversary of the King of England calling the nation to pray. We have created a video that captures the story of the miracles that happened at Dunkirk. Please use it as you deem appropriate. Our prayer is that God would be glorified in the sharing of this story.

To watch the above video on YouTube itself – click here

Moving Forward -A Declaration from Passion for the Nation

Passion for the nation flag 2020

Moving Forward

By Suzanne Ferrett of Passion for the Nation on Monday May 18th, 2020

‘Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end’   Isaiah 9:6,7

We speak health instead of sickness, life instead of death, prosperity against all lack in matters concerning finance and the economy, and that in these days of shaking, many will turn to Jesus. We declare as lock down eases and transition begins, a spirit of peace (prosperity, safety and well-being) will rest upon the cities, towns and streets of this nation.

We speak the revelation of the triumph of God’s mercy over every individual, ministry, businessman or market place leader struggling at this time and we declare His people will arise and take hold of the grace and strength He is releasing from Heaven at this time.

We decree and declare that His mercy and His grace will overwhelm every self-judgement, the judgement of others, every feeling of failure, despair, disillusionment or loss, that fresh joy, fresh strength and fresh life would come to them, positioning them for the way ahead.

We call them into His Presence, to seek His face, that fresh vision will come, that every shift, door and step He would release to them for this time, will be both recognised and fulfilled.

We speak to the church in the Name of Jesus, we declare “This is the Season of Revival,” and we call His people into a revelation of the shift of season which has taken place.  We thank Him for the equipping of His church, and the work of His Spirit worked in individuals through this lock down time, and we decree and declare, in this day a fresh urgency will come to His people, that every gift He has given – both in the natural and in the spiritual – will be recognised and utilised, and we speak courage and boldness in Jesus Name.

We continue to declare in this nation, leaders from all political parties, all Government ministers, civil servants, scientists, researchers, economists and all advisors will work as a team with humility and mutual respect. We specifically declare the voice of God’s wisdom will be heard over every other voice concerning the current situation, that His strategies and solutions will be recognised and implemented, as they rightly discern beyond the power of men’s words to the wisdom that comes from Heaven.

Suzanne Ferrett

Passion for the Nation passionforthenation.uk

(Suzanne is also a Team Member of CTNTP).

‘British public turn to prayer as one in four tune in to religious services’

Did you see this on-line article published by The Guardian last Sunday? This is so encouraging! The nation is being called to prayer!

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theguardian.com/world/2020/may/03/british-public-turn-to-prayer-as-one-in-four-tune-in-to-religious-services

The Text of the main article is also reproduced below:

A quarter of adults in the UK have watched or listened to a religious service since the coronavirus lockdown began, and one in 20 have started praying during the crisis, according to a new survey.

The findings of the poll reinforce indications of an increase in the numbers of people turning to faith for succour amid uncertainty and despair.

The Church of England has said that unexpectedly high numbers of people are tuning into online or broadcast services, and 6,000 people phoned a prayer hotline in its first 48 hours of operation. Other faiths have also reported surges in people engaging with online religious activities as places of worship have been closed during the lockdown.

The survey of more than 2,000 people, commissioned by the Christian aid agency Tearfund and carried out last weekend, found that a third of young adults aged between 18 and 34 had watched or listened to an online or broadcast religious service, compared with one in five adults over the age of 55.

One in five of those who have tuned into services in the past few weeks say they have never gone to church.

The most frequent subjects of prayers since the lockdown has been family (53%), friends (34%), thanking God (24%), the person praying (28%), frontline services (27%), someone unwell with Covid-19 (20%), and other countries with Covid-19 (15%).

Network for Revival – Prepare!

We are pleased to reproduce the latest Newsletter of Rev Tony Higton’s, Network for Revival. 

Please go to networkforrevival.co.uk for further details or contact Tony at email: tony@higton.info

Prepare

Network for Revival May 2020

We have looked at two motives for prayer for revival:

Pleading the love of God: He loves his church and wants to bless it. He loves unbelievers and doesn’t want any to be lost. See http://networkforrevival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Prepare-17-February-2020-1.pdf

Pleading the name of God: The name of God is being gravely dishonoured by the failings of the church and the godlessness of society. See http://networkforrevival.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Prepare-18-March-2020.pdf

This month we look at the third motive for prayer for revival.

 

Praying for Revival: Pleading the Kingdom of God

It is clear that Jesus wanted us to pray for his return because he taught we should pray “Your kingdom come” (Mt 6:10; Lk 11:2). The kingdom will only come in its fullness when Jesus returns. However I think we tend not to appreciate that this is a prayer which includes praying for the King to come. We tend to think it means more or less the same as “Your will be done.” We need to realise that the Lord’s Prayer includes a prayer for the Second Coming.

The early church prayed for the return of Jesus

Paul prays “Come, Lord” (1 Cor 16:22). The Greek he uses is Maranatha, the transliteration of an Aramaic word. Professor Leon Morris comments [i] “It must have expressed a sentiment that the early Church regarded as supremely important, else it would never have been taken over in this way by the Greek-speaking Christians … it expresses the eager longing felt by the Church in those early days for the speedy return of the Lord.” [ii]

Jesus says in Rev 22:20 says “Yes, I am coming soon” and the Bride (the church) responds “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Here are some scholarly comments on this verse:

· Professor G B Caird comments “No one who has read this book can have any illusions about what the prayer is asking. It is a prayer that Christ will come again to win in his faithful servant the victory which is both Calvary and Armageddon.” [iii]

· Dr Philip Edgcumbe Hughes comments “His coming, moreover, should not only be looked for but also longed for by the believer, for it will bring the consummation cf our salvation and the completion of our conformity to his likeness (f. 1 Jn. 3:2; 2 Cor. 3:18, Phil 3:20f.), indeed, the renewal of all things (21:5). And so the fervent response of the Bride, longing for the appearance of the beloved Bridegroom, is Amen: Come, Lord Jesus!” [iv]

· Professor W Hendriksen comments ““Christ has promised to come quickly (cf. Rev. 22: 7, 12) and the bride, that is, the Church, responds by saying, Be coming.’ It is an ardent prayer to which the bride is moved by the Holy Spirit. Spirit and bride always work together (cf. Rom. 8: 16). They are constantly saying, ‘Be coming.’” [v]

What these commentators are saying is that the prayer for Jesus’ return in Rev 22:20 (and 1 Cor 16:22) is a fervent, passionate, eager longing for the return of Jesus and the prayer was regarded as supremely important. Bear in mind that Revelation was written some 65 years after Jesus died. So, even at that stage, the church was still earnestly praying for the return of Jesus as Jesus himself urged in “The Lord’s Prayer.” But how many Christians are earnestly praying for the return of Jesus today?

We need to make praying for Jesus’ return a priority. We regularly use the Aramaic words Amen and Hallelujah in our prayers. We now need to use the Aramaic word Maranatha regularly.

What has this got to do with prayer for revival?

There will be revival in the End Times as Joel predicted. Yes, Peter applied Joel’s prophecy to Pentecost but we need to remember that many biblical prophecies have more than one fulfilment. It is clear from Peter’s quotation that the prophecy goes beyond what happened at Pentecost to a major fulfilment in the End Times: ‘“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:17-21).

Praying for revival is hastening the return of Christ because it brings holiness to believers and brings unbelievers to faith. Jesus makes it clear that bringing people to faith throughout the world needs to happen before his return “And the gospel must first be preached to all nations” (Mk 13:10). This is not only fulfilled through normal evangelism but through revival. Peter makes it clear that God is delaying the return of Christ to give time for people to repent. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief” (2 Peter 3:9-10). Revival is the most effective means of bringing many people to repentance. So praying for revival and praying for the return of Christ are intimately related. We are not praying for the Lord to send revival but for him to come in revival. Revival is God.

Revival will bring the Church to repentance, to become more like the Bride of Christ for whom he is returning. So we hasten the return of Christ through holiness. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (2 Peter 3:10-12). Peter said “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you – even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts 3:19-21). The Jewish rabbis in those days spoke of the need of repentance to bring about the coming of Messiah. For example they said: “If Jews would genuinely repent for one day, the Messiah would come.” So in praying for revival, which brings believers to much deeper holiness, we are speeding the return of Christ.

We should not be lulled into a false sense of apathy, thinking Jesus’ return must be a long time away. Looking at what is going on in the world it could all happen more quickly than we think. Let’s not think of Jesus’ return being at some fixed date in the future, but as an event which we can hasten by our prayers and obedience and particularly by our prayers and preparation for Revival.

A RELEVANT PRAYER

Maranatha – Come, O Lord. Come in revival to purify your Bride. Come in revival to bring many to repentance. Then come to manifest your End Time glory, majesty and power. Come to manifest your holiness and justice. Come to gather, protect and bless your saints. Come to destroy evil, idolatry and oppression. Come to disarm, restrain and destroy the evil one. Come to establish your rule of peace and justice on earth.

Remember that the devil is trying hard to:

· Prevent Revival.

· Undermine Christians’ submission to Scripture (especially in the area of sexuality).

· Stop Christians proclaiming biblical truth by them being accused of extremism and hate-speech.

· Destroy the church’s reputation (especially in the area of sexual abuse).

· Cause churches to die of old age

All of which would undermine God’s rule – his Kingdom. So pray regularly “Your kingdom come. Maranatha.”

Does the Bible predict an End Time Revival?

Acts 2:16-21 links a great outpouring of the Spirit with apocalyptic events which refer to the End Times: “wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.” These did not happen at or after Pentecost. They are reminiscent of Matthew 24:29 and Revelation 6:12 which relate such events to the End Times. Biblical prophecy often has more than one fulfilment. It seems clear that the Joel prophecy (Joel 2:28-32) quoted in Acts 2:16-21 was not completely fulfilled at Pentecost. So it is not correct, as some believe, to think that special outpourings of the Spirit ended at Pentecost or soon afterwards.

I hope you are finding more time to pray for revival during the lock down.

Be assured of my prayers for you, especially at this stressful time.

God bless you,

Tony

 

You may be interested in my paper “SECULARISM AND POPULISM UNDERMINE THE FOUNDATION OF SOCIETY” 

See https://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/uncategorized/secularism-and-populism-undermine-the-foundation-of-society/

SECULARISM seeks to undermine Christianity which is fundamental to the establishment of the rule of law, democracy and human rights. I quote agnostics and atheists who agree with this. I quote David Alton who said that by dissociating “religion and liberty, democracy and faith, we have unstitched the fabric that holds a society together and endangered its future.” POPULISM says a country’s “true people” are in conflict with outsiders and the elite. It whips up emotion to re-establish the will of the people. It tends to disregard democracy by fear mongering about our being in crisis, promoting conspiracy theories, undermining trust in institutions and the media. Populists might relate closely to Christians but it is not a Christian movement. We need to recognise that what is happening through secularism, populism and the growth of authoritarianism is a trend towards a godless dictatorship.

[i] Matthew, Tyndale NT Commentaries.

[ii] Maranatha could be understood as meaning “Our Lord has come” but many scholars and Bible translations believe it means “Come Lord” cf Rev 22:20 “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

[iii] The Revelation of St John the Divine, Black’s NT Commentaries, 1984

[iv] The Book of Revelation, Intervarsity Press, 1990.

[v] More than Conquerors, An interpretation of the Book of Revelation, Tyndale Press 1962.

Prophetic Word for Great Britain & a Canopy of Prayer

Prophetic Word for Great Britain and Updates

Suzanne FerrettBy Suzanne Ferrett of Passion for the Nation (and team member of CTNTP), on Wednesday May 6th, 2020

Hi everyone, a couple of new items.

Firstly for those who have not seen it yet, Cindy Jacobs has given a prophetic word to Great Britain: [it appears below and is just 2 mins 19 secs. long, or] please follow this link – https://youtu.be/za0b6-nDaRs – to listen. This is very significant and a National Day of Prayer is being planned as a result.

 

Raising a Canopy of Prayer over the Nation

Also, again  thank you for all the hours we covered collectively as we prayed for our nation up until Easter. We are living in very significant times and although there is a great deal of challenge, it is a moment of extra-ordinary opportunity and change for the church, individually and corporately.

After the three weeks ended at Easter, I felt we needed a break to hear afresh from God. There are a lot of prayer initiatives taking place, some large scale, some just through churches and my question has been, was the prayer shield just for those three weeks or should it continue?

This season up to Pentecost is very important, so we have re-opened the Prayer Shield starting yesterday May 4th for the four weeks up to May 31st, Pentecost Sunday. This gives us 672 hours to fill.  There is great acceleration coming for God’s people, but also we have the challenges of Covid-19, of the economy, and alongside – God is re-aligning nations across our world, of which Brexit is a part.

God is calling His people to prayer, and we would love you to sign up so that you have a specific time, whether as an individual or a group,  again please follow the link – passionforthenation.uk/raising-a-mantle-of-prayer-over-the-nation/

Every blessing

Suzanne Ferrett

passionforthenation.uk

The UK Blessing – just released on YouTube!

The UK Church is coming together in Unity – through prayer and praise!

Write up by the Producers, as on YouTube:

At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you. But the church is not simply singing a blessing, each day we’re looking to practically be a blessing.

Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff.

Our buildings may be closed but the church is very much alive!

 

 

 

 

How Churches and the Police can work Together

How can you best work with and pray for your police service? Here is some great information and a challenge from Marie Reavey, Chair of National Council of the Christian Police Association.

Marie ReaveyGood Day,

I hope you are keeping well and had a good Easter.

You may be aware, Spring Harvest decided to go online with YouTube this week. Here is  a short teaching video entitled ‘How Churches and the Police Can Work Together’ which summarises ‘Faith and Police Together’ and how churches can work with and support their local police: https://youtu.be/0a_fjyfpplE

I really do believe that, post lockdown as we adjust, Faith and Police Together can be a key part of the ‘new normal’.  Here in Norfolk we now have a dedicated officer tasked with engaging with all faith communities and is compiling a comprehensive contacts list and building some good relationships with churches.  He has been impressed and surprised by the amount of great work that the churches are doing, and there is a real desire from our Citizens in Policing Team to ensure that the contacts they are making are not lost, and a desire to partner with churches and faith groups post Covid.

A few prayer pointers for this time.  Please pray for:-

  • Those suffering with Mental health problems, particularly self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
  • Households where domestic violence and abuse is prevalent.  Safety and protection for victims and perpetrators to stop and for justice to be done.
  • Safety for children at risk of abuse, violence and neglect.
  • There has been an increase in fraud types of crime pray for those that would exploit the vulnerable and Covid-19 to be brought to justice and for the vulnerable and victims to be not fall prey to their schemes.  Pray that criminals wanting to exploit these times would be stopped and their plans would be thwarted.
  • Protection and wisdom for frontline officers and staff having to deal with the public (protection from those using Covid-19 as a weapon against them i.e. spitting and coughing at them)
  • For relationships to be forged between the Police and churches at this time to form strong foundations to move Faith and Police Together forward, post lockdown.
  • For those working in mortuaries and for funeral directors to have all they need to cope with the demand and to be able to ensure families and relatives are able to say goodbye to their loved ones in as timely a fashion as possible
  • The end of the lockdown process to be smooth, effective and efficient.

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.

May God keep you well.

Marie

CPA helping Christians in Police