Report on the Week of Prayer
'And who knows that you have come to royal position for such a time as this'. Esther 4:14
The Christians in Government Prayer team felt strongly impressed that we should have another week of prayer following on from the earlier one in June 2009. Though it was the parliamentary recess period and take up would be far less than normal, we nevertheless went through with it as we believed that the timing of the prayer was especially important in terms of preparing for the new session in Parliament as well as the current economic and social issues. Most of all we believed it was what God was impressing on our hearts which is the most important element. Furthermore, the bible tells us clearly that we should pray for our leaders and those in authority (1 Timothy 2 : 1-2).
So in faith, we wrote out to our many members and supporters to see if they would be able to join with us. One of the respondents was the Christian Police Association. It was especially encouraging to us, as the work that they do and essential public services that they provide everyday run very closely to the way in which we were being led to pray over the last year or so. ('Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper'. Jeremiah 29: 11). This also became the means to forge or rather rekindle a great comradeship with our brothers and sisters there who supported many of our events during the week, not just in terms of attending our meetings but also holding meetings within their organisation nationally too.
During the week of prayer we held daily prayer walks every morning, and for one of those days we had 9 people turn up to pray and walk with us which was fantastic (and we still do so every Monday if you want to join us!). We also had a live prayer and praise session attended by visiting speakers who spoke about aspects of current social issue and that of the emerging new ones that we could pray for. Everyday we prayed for our Royal Family, Prime Minister, Lords, MPs, civil servants as well as those who provide essential services to our nation (police, other emergency services, judiciary to name a few).
We also held our first prayer breakfast during that week and we felt a real sense of God's presence there. We will be continuing to hold these every quarter and all CiGUK members will be invited. We also received support from Premier Radio (including our prayer leader co-hosting a morning breakfast session with John Pantry) and also had a radio interview broadcast with UCB. It also enabled us to connect and partner with many local churches who agreed to holding a ‘Just 5 minutes' session in their Sunday services to do just that - to pray with and for us for just 5 minutes.
Many of the local cluster groups gathered nationally in the workplace also felt a call to prayer and that God was speaking - we should put on the whole armour of God, that the key to many questions would soon come to light, that we should put all legislation to Him and that though Jesus might appear to be in a thick mist at the moment, He is being revealed and indeed revealing more of Himself to us too through prayer.
Sometimes we can't always see why God asks us to do certain things - for example this week of prayer and the timing of it. But God does say in His word: I will answer them even before they call me Isaiah 65:25. We simply need to do as He asks of us in faith, which is to pray without ceasing, for it is our reasonable service, for such a time as this.