Posted by: stpowen | January 2, 2016

Pray the New Year In

2 Chronicles 20:4.  ‘So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.’

Ephesians 6:18. ‘……Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.’

A very blessed new year to all readers of the Marprelate blog.  We may feel that the coming year is as uncertain and worrying to contemplate as any in recent times.  The country is- sort of- at war, and the threat if Islamic terrorism is very real.  It is the only way that I.S. can strike back at the countries that are bombing it, so the only thing that will prevent attacks on Britain is the vigilance of our police and intelligence service.  I am often put in mind of the Lord’s judgement on Judah announced by Jeremiah: ‘a leopard shall watch over their cities (5:6).  Peace and security is God’s blessing on a nation that seeks and honours Him (2 Chron. 14:7; 15:2).  ””There is no peace,” says my God, “For the wicked”‘ (Isaiah 57:21).  At the same time, the government seems determined to bring in laws against ‘extremism’ which will militate against free speech in general and Christian witness in particular.

Yet despite these threats and concerns, we should rejoice.  Christ is reigning, even in the midst of His enemies (Psalm 110:2), and as Christians we have read to the end of the book and we know who wins.  If the Lord continues to tarry, maybe this year will be the one when the Church in Britain touches bottom and starts to move forward again.  I believe there are hopeful signs with new churches being planted in many areas and numbers in evangelical churches holding up even if they are collapsing in the liberal denominations.  This is the Lord’s sifting of the wheat from the chaff and we should rejoice to see it.

The most important thing we can all do in this new year is to pray, and our prayers should be those of repentance and humility, beseeching the Lord to have mercy of our poor land, to forgive us our sins and to send revival..  I have mentioned before the Concert of Prayer meetings which take place quarterly in churches throughout the country.  The next date for this is next week, January 9th, between 10-00am and 12 Noon.  I do not have a list of churches where the meetings are taking place.  In Devon they are arranged at Newhouse Baptist Church in Smeatharpe near Honiton, and at Scott Drive Church in Exmouth.  If you don’t know of one in your area, why not start your own.  If you can only find two or three friends to pray with you, that is quite sufficient. ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts’ (Zech. 4:6).  The battle belongs to the Lord, and He will give us the victory if we remain constant, undismayed and determined.



  1. I am glad to see two Devon churches in the Concert. I have attended both whilst on holidays! If anyone is in South West London they are welcome to join us for the Concert of Prayer at Christ Church, Christchurch Avenue, Teddington, TW11 9AB – 10-11.30am same day.

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