Resources Articles Prayershift: Gathering the nations to pray During these challenging days, it’s good to be able to gather together online to pray and our Prayershift Online gatherings appear to be providing a great place for people to come together, pray, worship and hear reports from different places, nationally and globally, to help us understand what God is doing around the world at this time. We were thrilled to have other nations represented – we were joined by friends from Nepal and The States and may be others that we were not aware of, but we are sure that an international flavour of prayer was happening. The backdrop to Prayershift Online was Psalm 139 – a scripture that the Lord has highlighted to the WPC team in the past week, helping us to understand verse 14 “I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works and my soul knows it very well” along with the verses 23 & 24 of that Psalm “Search me O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” (NASV) We were glad to welcome Bishop Mike Royal to share with us and help us to understand and know how to pray into the escalating situation which has been intensified by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Mike gave us insights into the wound inflicted on the black community which has been caused by centuries of atrocious actions which have been overlooked and never addressed in any satisfactory way. This allowed us as a large group to come before God in repentance, asking Him for the wound to be healed, not just by our words (which are important) but combining those with our actions. We proclaimed that He is our way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper and light in the darkness in worship and carried on in prayer led by different members of the WPC team. We prayed for the spirit of truth to be released across the land, for our communities locally and also on the wider national scene across our whole family of nations. We spent time praying about the while issue of fake news, deception, political correctness and praying that there would be integrity within the media and again ……. focussing on truth. Each of the times, we moved from praying in smaller breakout groups back to the larger group – scriptures were used to proclaim praise to God and remind us of the importance of blessing the Lord each day as we seek to live together in harmony and unity. We lifted up the UK Government before the Lord, front-line workers, along with those involved in research and health. We prayed for families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic who are grieving and mourning during these days. We prayed for children and students in the current uncertain educational climate – calling forth a Godly generation of young people and we concluded the time together by praying for the United States recognising that the whole nation is very much in the headlines at the moment. We give thanks for another remarkable spiritual gathering. You can join us for our next Prayershift Online gatherings. All the details are on our events page.