On Sunday a couple of hundred people walked the hill to Stormont and then spent a short time in prayer.
Alain Emerson from 24/7 Prayer Ireland and Peter Lynas from Evangelical Alliance (NI) led the short act of worship with a reading of PSALM 85 and then we all prayed together using these words. This was followed by spontaneous singing of … No not by might, nor even power but by your Spirit O Lord…and praying in smaller groups before the return walk down the hill.
You may find it helpful to make these words your prayer this week as we face such uncertainty.
May God in His mercy hear our prayers.
HEAVENLY FATHER, we pray for our nation at this time of such uncertainty, division, and confusion.
Some of us are for Brexit, some of us are against it, and some of us aren’t sure. But we look to You to Guide us, reconcile and restore us.
Our political leaders cannot agree and Stormont is no longer sitting. But you have been the hope and
the heart of these islands for a thousand years, and today we return to you again, the King of this
Communities are divided, social media is cynical, public discourse is polarised but you are the way,
the truth and the life, the Rock of Ages, a very present help in times of trouble.
We humble ourselves and repent of our pride, our division, our selfishness. We confess that we
have looked to ourselves and not to You. We are sorry. Hear our prayer and heal our land.
Lord, have mercy on us.
God of all wisdom and truth, we ask you to inspire and guide our political leaders at this difficult time.
Raise up brilliant women and men of peace, integrity and startling courage to lead us in these
God of justice, in this moment of economic and social uncertainty we pray for the most vulnerable in
our midst. Lord, we ask not for what is best for us, but for what is best for everyone, and especially
the least and the lost.
God of mercy, we are deeply divided. We have been without a local government for too long, we live
on divided islands and in fractious times. Would you rise with healing in your wings, bring balm to
our brokenness and wholeness to our hurts.
Lord of the church, we pray for our spiritual leaders that they would speak truth to power without
compromise. As our nations shake, awaken your church to proclaim the good news of your gospel
with renewed conviction. Revive us, we pray, and reconcile our relationships that the world may
perceive that you are alive, believe in your name, and receive your love for every person, every
family, and every community in this land.
Lord, hear our prayers.
Thanks to Alain and Peter for making this possible and giving us these helpful prayers
Stephen Adams: Volunteer Administrator and Board Member of Contemporary Christianity.
Thanks for this and all you are doing and saying … and this kind of praying : heartfelt and honest.