Praying for our nation, government and MPs
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
As Brexit negotiations continue and the way forward remains unclear, we pray for our nation, and for our government, MPs, and parliamentary processes, trusting in the peace of God that passes all human understanding.
As Baptists Together we continue to call our churches to be people of peace and prayer. The discussions around leaving the EU have shown us that we are far from a united kingdom, and have themselves deepened many of those divides.
As churches we too speak from different geographical places and political spaces. We are made up of leavers, remainers and abstainers, British nationals, EU residents and global immigrants. We are a mix of generations. We are divided in our views on Brexit.
Yet this position is also part of our prophetic witness: we know that the love of God is stronger than what separates us. We know that our worldly divisions do not need to stop us working together and listening to those who are other, voiceless or ignored. Instead we follow the command of Christ to welcome the stranger, love our neighbours and bless our enemies.
So on the symbolic date of 29 March, when many are disillusioned, we commit to being people of reconciliation and hope, shaping our communities with compassion and kindness.
During this time of national uncertainty,
we pray for wisdom for our government, Prime Minister, MPs and parliamentary staff.
We lift to you all those who are anxious for change
and those who are fearful for the future.
May you heal our divisions and our disillusionment;
uniting us in the call of Christ,
to be people who work for your peace,
and live in your love.