IFB CONCERNS

What are the major prayer concerns for Britain today?

We are called to pray in accordance with God's will and purpose. It is important to share God's concerns

 

The Church & Salvation

This should be our chief concern; that men and women should be saved and that Christ should have a glorious bride for which He died. Everything else we pray about should be centred on these matters. Paul tells us that God "commands all people everywhere to repent" (Act 17v30 ESV) and Peter reminds us that God is "not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3v9). The Church should be as described by Paul as the "household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth."(1 Tim. 3v15) The Lord is looking for the Church to honour and glorify her Head, and to stand on His truth. Of course the spiritual state of the nation has much to do with other factors, so simply to pray for the church and salvation alone, is not enough, we need to pray for the right conditions that may bring the blessing of God on our nation rather than His judgement.

 

Other Religions

Time and time again in the Old Testament we see Israel condemned for following or worshiping other gods. The multi faith and even ecumenical movements, while they may appeal to our desire to be at peace with one another, they go contrary to God's teaching and instruction to us. While it may be politically correct to consider all faiths as equal, this would be to deny the unique and completed salvation through Christ and Him alone; the grace in which we stand through faith, not of works.

 

Sanctity of Life

Being made in God's image is a privilege but also a responsibility. We have to recognise that God has the final say on our birth and our death. In making us, we are reminded that God "formed my inward parts & wove me in my mother's womb" (Ps.139v13). From conception, God is creating us, and no one has the right to terminate that life which God is creating inside the womb. National responsibility for a policy that allows for the destruction of life in a womb has and will continue to bring the judgement of God. "You shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it" (Num. 35v33). In the same way, in our old age or struggling through illness, God calls time on our lives, and He wants to give everyone every opportunity to find Him before we leave this world, for the world here after.

 

Morality

The moral decline seen in the last 50 years in our nation is astonishing. As we have cast His law behind our backs we have reaped the consequences. Broken Britain may be a political statement, but certainly resonates with where we are in national life. The days of Noah and the days of Lot once seeming so unlikely for our land, now stare us in the face. The need to turn back to God and to keep His laws and moral standards are the only solution to broken Britain.

 

Domestic Policy & Europe

Law makers, whether local, national or European have a great affect upon our everyday lives, but most importantly, they also affect the spiritual climate of our nation. Laws passed contrary to the law of God bring His judgement; laws passed in accordance to His instructions bring His blessing. God appoints our leaders, whether for blessing or for our judgement. One way God may judge us, is to allow other countries or powers to reign over us. While we may be deserving of His judgements upon our land, still our cry can be, Oh Lord in judgement, remember mercy.

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