Brexit: Pray for our Nation

Following a referendum, on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union. On the 29 March, 2017 the United Kingdom invoked Article 50 which is the official start of a two-year period during which a member state will negotiate to leave. The original leaving date was 11pm on 29 March, 2019. However, following years of negotiations, it became clear the UK was not in a position to leave on that date. The new deadline for leaving is 31 October, or before if a deal is reached.

Update: Prime Minister to step down

On 24 May, Theresa May made a statement outside Downing Street where she announced that she would be resigning as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on 7 June and would step aside as Prime Minister when her successor was announced. It means a leadership content is now underway. Those wishing to stand have until 10 June to declare and they must carry the support of at least two other MPs. Tory MPs will then vote in a series of rounds, until the number of candidates is reduced to the final two. Then the membership of the Tory party will vote on its preferred choice. A new Prime Minister is expected to be in place by mid-late July. 

As of Wednesday, 19 June, there are five candidates remaining: Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Michal Gove, Rory Stewart and Jeremy Hunt. 

The power of prayer

At CARE, we passionately believe in the power and importance of prayer. We serve Christians and local churches through a regular prayer diary and often call people to pray at specific times over urgent matters.

In the context of a leadership contest and the ongoing negotiations with the EU, this is a really important moment in our nation’s history and as Christians, we want to commit our nation to the Lord.

To help you do this, we have put together the following resources which we very much hope you will find useful.

Why not consider holding a special evening or day of prayer? Below you will find suggested bible passages, prayers about Brexit, a PowerPoint for use in a meeting, a suggested order for a prayer event and, a special edition of the CARE prayer diary.

Join us in praying for our nation at this crucial time.

The following prayer is said in the House of Commons before every session:

“Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of Your Spirit. May they never lead this nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals, but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may Your kingdom come and Your name be hallowed. Amen.”

  1. Suggested outline for a special ‘pray for our nation’ meeting in church
  2. Prayers to use from the front
  3. PowerPoint for use in a meeting with prayers, bible passages and more
  4. Key bible passages to consider
  5. Prayer Diary special