Riot response: A call to prayer and practical ways to help
After a gathering of prayer on 9 August in Kilburn, the Evangelical Alliance is calling on Christians everywhere to join together to pray each night this week at 7pm in the aftermath of the riots which have hit the capital and other parts of the country in the past few days.
Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: “Prayer changes things and as Christians we are called to pray on behalf of our nation.
“Christians are present on the street and participating in the clear-up, by offering encouragement and support to the emergency services and their neighbours while praying for peace.”
The following is a suggestion for how to pray:
Presence - Lord may your presence hover over our nation. Bring peace and protection in cities, towns and villages. Replace the tears of the night with joy in the morning.
Restoration- Restore hope and bring creativity and beauty into barren places and empty lives
Alliances - Bring people together in relationships of mutual respect and understanding, strengthen communities through hope and forgiveness.
Your kingdom enables darkness to be overcome by light, hatred to be defeated by love and the power of evil to be smashed by good. May your kingdom come bringing a better way forward.
At 7pm, please take a moment of silence and pray this prayer of peace:
God of peace we pray for:
Peace among us
Peace within us
Peace in our nation.
For more information and ideas go to http://www.eauk.org/articles/riot-response.cfm