Division and Healing - 9 days to polling.


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DIVISION AND HEALING

‘How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! … There the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.’  Psalm 133:1,3b

‘I hear that there are divisions among you… ‘ 1 Corinthians 11:18

 ‘God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.’  Matt 5:9

 

Political division has caused a great deal of pain and frustration over the last three years.

  • Who are these people who have such different views from us?
  • How can they think that?
  • How can we resolve our differences and move forward?
  • And what effect will it have on the outcome of a general election?

Here in York Central where I live, Rachael Maskell is the Labour candidate, our MP since 2015 and former Vice-Chair of Christians on the Left.  When I asked her what issue she most wanted to see in this prayer diary, she answered:

‘Unity!’ 

Peace-making may not itself feel peaceful.  It’s likely we will have to "put ourselves out" to work to bring the differing sides together and to keep praying. In practice, ‘speaking the truth in love’ (Eph 4:15) requires a lot of wisdom.

Rachael also asked us to pray that the church would model the unity we want in party and country. 

 

Pray.

God hasn’t changed since we worshipped him yesterday.  He is Three in One; in him there is no disagreement, hostility, rivalry, fear or blame.   So let’s invite him into our situation.

Then ask him to heal the divisions within society. 

>> If you’re a Leaver, pray for Remainers; if you’re a Remainer, pray for Leavers.  If you’re on the left of the party, pray for those on the right and vice versa.

>> Pray for the leaders of all the other political parties; for them as people.

>> England and Wales voted Leave; Scotland and Northern Ireland voted Remain.  Pray about what this means for relationships between the nations.

You may have been praying for the leadership and your local Labour candidate – if not, you could do so today. Pray by name, it’s more effective. Consider praying for them and for all Labour candidates each day.


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Ask God to:

  • Protect candidates, especially women, who have been threatened with violence
  • Forgive the churches for not modelling unity better and ask that we may be unified
  • Begin to heal the many causes of division in society
  • Heal the North/South divide and the London/everywhere else divide

Tomorrow's reflection will focus on the Green New Deal: we hope you'll be able to join us as we pray each day.

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