National Day of Prayer 2016
The Free Church of Scotland has called for a national day of prayer:
“Scotland can be considered by many to be a post Christian nation, many have no understanding of the good news of Jesus and at times the challenge of making the Gospel known can seem like an impossible task. But we believe the brave new world of Scotland is not a reason for us to panic; rather it is a reason for us to pray. As Os Guinness states, “The ultimate factor in the church’s engagement with society is the church’s engagement with God”
On the 30th of November 2016 – St Andrews’s Day – we invite all our members to get together for the specific purpose of praying and worshipping God together. In order to facilitate this we are urging all congregations to open their buildings for prayer and worship for a period throughout the day or to meet together in small groups across the country. We would also encourage youth groups, small groups and Bible study groups to consider joining together for a dedicated time of prayer.”
Would it not be an excellent expression of spiritual solidarity if other Reformed and evangelical churches within Scotland also participated in this day of prayer. The Free Church may have initiated this planned day of prayer, but surely we hope that other denominations, even if acting only at a congregational level, would also participate in this spiritual exercise.
While we await the promised resources I append an example of how this has been done in the past, citing the Act of Assembly of 1690:
“Let us, therefore, humble ourselves by fasting and praying;—let us search out our sins, and consider our ways, and confess these and our other sins with sorrow and detestation;—let us turn unto the Lord with fasting and weeping, and with mourning;—let us firmly resolve, and sincerely engage, to amend our ways and doings, and return unto the Lord our God with all our heart, and earnestly pray that, for the blood of the Lamb of God, our sins may be forgiven, and our backslidings healed, and we may yet become a righteous nation, keeping the truth, that religion and righteousness may flourish, and love and charity abound, and all the Lord's people may be of one mind in the Lord; and in order to all these, that the Word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, and that the preaching of the Word and dispensing of the sacraments may be accompanied with the wonted presence, power, and blessing of the Spirit of the Lord;—that the Lord would preserve and bless our gracious King and Queen, William and Mary, and establish their throne by righteousness and religion, and grant to these nations peace and truth together; and for that end, bless and prosper his Majesty's councils, and forces, by sea and land, and these of the princes and states his allies, for God and his truth;—that inferior rulers may rule in the fear of God, and judges be clothed with righteousness; and that many faithful labourers may be sent out into the Lord's vineyard; and they who are sent may find mercy to be faithful and be blest with success; —that families may be as little churches of Christ; and that the Lord would pour out his Spirit on all ranks of people, that they may be holy in all manner of conversation, and God may delight to dwell amongst us, and to do us good.”
Please visit the Free Church website where resources for congregational use will be made available: