D-DAY: Can Prayer Change Our Nation?

An invitation to host prayer meetings during Thy Kingdom Come, 30 May – 9 June; and join us 7-8pm, Parliament Square, Thursday 6 June.

Queues lining Westminster Abbey to pray

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If we believe in the God of the Bible, who describes Himself as the God who hears and has answered our personal prayers, surely we can believe that prayer can change a nation.

Indeed, history is full of prayer movements shaping nations.  Before the fall of the Iron curtain, a prayer movement swept across the Soviet Union.    The Bible describes the history of Israel full of ups and downs – when the people cried out to God, the fortunes of their nation would return.

In the UK, the nation on its knees in prayer had seen dramatic deliverances.  Just before D-Day, King George VI rallied the nation to prayer.  Across the UK, people prayed for the success of the 73,000 American, 62,000 British and 21,000 Canadian forces fighting on Normandy beaches to breach Adolf Hitler’s Fortress Europe.  The acts of courage, sacrifice, and phenomenal weather of D-Day have been described by many as nothing short of a miracle.  General Eisenhower said,

“If there were nothing else in my life to prove the existence of the presence of an almighty and merciful God… those events of that momentous day did. He further affirmed that faith gives you the courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher Power.” 

By the end of D-Day, the allies had established a foothold in France. Within 11 months Nazi Germany was defeated.

Christians in Government is committed to praying for our nation and government.  We may not know the right path ourselves, but we can confidently pray as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done’.  We can pray that over our lives.  And we can pray that over our government departments and the policies we work on.   In this, we follow ancient paths, as Jeremiah 29 said: “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.”

We are again in a pivotal time for our nation.  Many have commented on the pockets of fervent, heartfelt prayer rising up across the nation in this time.  And we see ourselves as part of this – groups praying, across our nation, for our nation for nobility of character, courage and God’s favour.

So we invite you to join us in prayer during Thy Kingdom Come, between Ascension and Pentecost, 30 May – 9 June.   During this time, groups across Christians in Government will be hosting events across the government departments to pray for our government and nation.   If you would like to host a prayer meeting during that time, please do let us know on info@christiansingovernment.org.uk or here.

We will be meeting centrally 7-8pm, Thursday 6 June, Parliament Square to pray.  This day is the 75th anniversary of D-Day (and as a mark of the solidarity between nations that characterised D-Day, we are asking minority churches to lead us in prayer).  It is the day before the Prime Minister resigns and a new chapter begins for our nation.  And it is the day when the people of God can come together in prayer – to pray Thy Kingdom Come for the UK, the nation that we love and are honoured to serve as Christians in Government.

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  1. Nehemiah 1, “The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.’

    4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”

    He mourned and he wept and he fasted and he prayed.

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