Sunday Thought – 07.07.24

It’s been a huge week in UK politics. The result of the General Election on 4th July has ushered in a seismic change in government with new personnel in leadership who undoubtedly will experience the same challenges and difficulties as their predecessors. As individuals, we may have our own reaction to the outcome, ranging between delight, disappointment, anticipation, apprehension, disbelief etc.!

The Bible also has thoughts on national leaders. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul wrote to his friend Timothy to say “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Saviour” (NIV, 1 Timothy 2:1-3).

Christians see themselves as having an enormous privilege to serve the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (NIV, 1 Timothy 6:15) in Jesus, aside from whoever leads their country of residence. Today though, as instructed to do so by Paul, pray for wisdom and guidance for the new political leaders who lead our country.

Prayer Points for the Week:

  • Pray for those struggling with their mental health and for those seeking to support them.
  • Pray for the tensions around the French election and for a general easing to extremist politics in Europe.
  • Please pray for the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. For peace; for aid to get through to those in need; for those mourning the loss of loved ones.