Church called to prayer following MPs' vote
The leader of the National Day of Prayer and Worship has urged the UK Church to engage in spiritual warfare after MPs backed the Government motion to launch bombing raids on ISIS in Syria ...
Dr Jonathan Oloyede, Convenor of the National Day of Prayer, has urged UK Christians to pray following the vote in Parliament this week on bombing ISIS in Syria.
He said: "MPs from all parties voted in the House of Common to begin military action in Syria to combat the global threat of ISIS. Whatever we feel on the Government's action, the church MUST pray!
"Christians cannot underestimate the spiritual warfare that we are now in.... Spiritual warfare is not about demonising people or any community but intercepting the powers of this dark world which seek to steal, kill and destroy.
"I am calling all Christians everywhere in the British Isles to stand in the gap to pray protection, blessing and intervention over our streets, communities, towns and cities.
"Great Britain is now at war! I repeat, Great Britain is now at war! As the Church, we are under the authority of our Lord to hereby blow the trumpet and sound the alarm!
"We must ask for God to thwart the plans of those who are planning acts of terrorism within the UK and abroad, praying protection over those in our armed forces engaged in these air strikes. We must pray for our Intelligence Services, Police and ancillary departments directly or indirectly involved in the safety of all peoples in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
"'Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.' (Ephesians 6:10-13)
"I am urging all Church Leaders and Christians not to take lightly this call to intercede, but to immerse this Nation in prayer through the life of their churches, networks and groups.
"I ask for Christians to actively pray a blessing upon the Muslim Community and engage in practical actions to show love and the Person of Christ.
"We are not called to fear or anxiety. We are called to the unity of spirit in the bond of Peace. We ask that Jehovah Shalom; The God of Peace rest upon all airports, coastlands, stations, streets, neighbourhoods ... We evoke the Shalom and Blessings of God to spread everywhere.
"'The Lord Bless you...(name of street, village, town, city etc)
The Lord Keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you
The Lord cause His face to shine upon you and give you peace.'
"Lastly we pray for the Gospel to spread across the land and many peoples come into a loving relationship with Jesus.
"May His Kingdom come and His will be done in the British Isles."
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