Britain is entering a time of incredible change and uncertainty. On Tuesday the winner of the Conservative party leadership election will be announced and on Wednesday they will formally be appointed Prime Minister when they see the Queen. It is a change of Government and many of the policies Theresa May introduced will change particularly in relation to Brexit. The cabinet will change with many new appointments. Our reputation in the world will change as a new face represents the UK. Our politics will change – and potentially become more divisive.

So how do we pray from a spiritual perspective? Let us start with the familiar verses from 1 Timothy 2 – “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

  1. Let’s start with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving challenges our thinking. It declares God has his hand on the situation whatever my political view. So let us thank God, he is working his purpose out.
  2. We petition, prayer and intercede for the new Government’s impact on our lives – that we might live in peace and Godliness
  3. Let us pray for the cabinet choices– for God’s hand and mercy.
    1. For the Foreign Secretary - someone committed to seeing through the work on the persecuted church.
    2. Northern Ireland – a breakthrough person, who will help reform the Northern Ireland assembly, halt the move to abortion, and have wisdom and grace around the border issues.
    3. Home Secretary – a watcher who can protect us from terrorism, address drugs, and knife crime, keep our streets safe, etc.
    4. Chancellor – the second most powerful job in government will have the greatest challenges in keeping our economy safe during Brexit, pray for someone with great wisdom who will earn trust.
  4. Like Habakkuk, remain on watch. These are times of disruption. But God’s plan is for salvation, to stir a deep hunger for Jesus, for this nation to come back to its call to take the gospel to the nations, for a revival generation to rise amongst our young people.
  5. We remain on “praise duty”– God is in control as Habakkuk writes, “I have heard of your fame, I stand in awe of your deeds Lord.” Your will be done in our nation, your Kingdom come to every generation, every people’s group, every location.

I believe it will be helpful to look at the book of Habakkuk this week. He is a watcher, he sees wrong doing, destruction, violence and strife and asks for God to act. God says – “I am sending the Babylonians”. Habakkuk tells God this is a bad idea! He asks God “why do you tolerate them?” God gives Habakkuk a revelation, he tells him to write it down. It tells of God’s judgment on Babylon, God certainly knows what he is doing when he brings this disruption on Israel. He says “The Lord is in his holy temple – let all the earth be silent before him.” What a word for our times.  We may not understand what is going on but God is in His Holy temple.