22nd June 2017
In December last year, I was in a meeting with a number of UK apostolic leaders to discuss and pray about the ongoing partnership between the different spheres. While we were talking, Roger Bye leant across a map of the UK which had been laid out on the floor and stated: “We should gather the leaders of all our Newfrontiers churches in the UK and pray for the nation.”
Six months later, with only 13 days until our national Newfrontiers Day of Prayer for the UK, it is clear that Roger’s suggestion was both timely and prophetic. Our nation is facing numerous challenges in the context of what seems like political impasse: In the last three months we have experienced the shock of several terrorist attacks in the cities of Manchester and London, with another taking place just this week outside Finsbury Park Mosque; following the terrible fire at Grenfell flats, people are rightly asking how something so horrific could happen in this country, in 2017; the political ideologies of tax and spend versus austerity are being discussed at length, with the younger generation engaging in new numbers and flexing their muscle; our nation seems more divided between rich and poor, city and rural, young and old, than ever before. And all this is taking place under the shadow of the beginning of Brexit negotiations which will shape the UK for years to come.
It is in this context that we gather to pray. We will pray for our government and leaders, for peace and protection, for mercy and justice and for the church to rise up to serve and reach our nation. We will pray for a mighty move of God in revival.
The UK Day of Prayer takes place in less than two weeks, on Wednesday 5th July and I am delighted to say that Terry and Wendy Virgo will be joining us. Let us gather as His people and seek Him for our nation. I look forward to seeing you there. For details and booking go to prayerday.uk.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.