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Scotland: Moravians inspire year of prayer leading up to independence vote

Christians across Scotland are uniting for The StAnd: a year of prayer leading up to the Independence Referendum in September 2014 ...

Christians across Scotland are uniting for The StAnd: a year of prayer leading up to the Independence Referendum in September 2014.

The year of prayer will be launched at a 12-hour worship and prayer event on St Andrew's Day, 30 November 2014 in Queen's Park Baptist Church, Glasgow.

The initiative was inspired by 100 years of prayer undertaken by the Moravian Church in 18th century Germany in a small village called Herrnhut.

"We can’t replicate the move of God experienced by the Moravians, but we can take time – take a StAnd together – to seek Him in prayer and fasting, in worship and repentance,” says Lynne Paterson, Tearfund Scotland Director. “We trust that as we do our part, God will also do his."

The Christians in Herrnhut committed to regular watches of prayer round the clock. Similarly, The StAnd will encourage churches, families, groups and individuals to sign up to pray for an hour each week for God's kingdom to come and his will to be done in Scotland throughout 2014.

The StAnd prayer initiative is organised by a coalition of church leaders and Christian organisations in Scotland including the Evangelical Alliance, Tearfund, Alpha Scotland, Pray for Scotland and Glasgow House of Prayer. They acknowledge that Scotland faces one of its most important years in its history, and point out that this year’s St Andrew’s Day of prayer became a vision for more than a day.

“If the Moravians could pray continuously for over 100 years, could we in Scotland take hour watches and pray for one?” says Fred Drummond, Director of the Evangelical Alliance in Scotland. “The media have been calling the Independence Referendum on 18 Sept 2014 Scotland’s ‘Day of Destiny.’ Regardless of the outcome, we want to pray throughout the year that God’s destiny for Scotland will be the one that prevails.”

Lynne Paterson explains the brand behind The StAnd:

“We have three reasons for this name,” says Lynne. “We are standing together in unity, praying for the church, nation and nations. We stand before God, crying out for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done. And we are standing in the gap for all those suffering injustice in Scotland, and for those who are yet to know Jesus.”

As well as the referendum, another important date for Scotland next year is the Commonwealth Games. The StAnd will be praying for the sporting events, supporting churches that will be reaching out to visitors attending the games in Glasgow over the summer.

This prayer event takes its biblical reference from the second Book of Chronicles. Chapter 7, verse 14 says: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

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