Friday, 6 April 2018

If


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Do I steal cars?  You may be relieved to hear that the answer is no.  And yet I, like you, am called at times to repent on behalf of my nation.  I remember one warm evening in Kenya in April 2011 when I felt called to repent on behalf of the UK.  Tears flowed down my cheeks as I considered how far the UK has wandered from God's ways.  I was in good company for around the room people, including many Bishops, from 15 nations were similarly on their knees.

I believe God meant it when he said:
'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land' (2 Chronicles 7v14).

Does your nation need healing?  Mine certainly does.  Shockingly 1 in 4 women in the UK will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.  The Trestle Trust provided 1.2 million emergency food supplies to people in the UK last year, of these 436,000 were to children.  Over 50% of people in the UK now say they have no faith.


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Huge crowds attended the prayer meetings 
Does God answer such big prayers?  I've seen plenty of evidence that He does.  For example the bloodless fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 was directly attributable to years of prayers for peace and peaceful demonstrations starting from St Nicholas, one ordinary church (see BBC article).  Similar prayer movements contributed to the peaceful end of apartheid in South Africa, when most commentators expected major bloodshed.  And the results of the prayer meeting I was at in Kenya?  They continue to reverberate around the world to this day releasing hundreds of thousands of people from poverty. 

If.  If is the key word.  Will you and your church humble yourselves and pray for your nation?  The results could be awesome ...

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