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As we cast our vote today let’s rejoice that we have the freedom to do so – and thank God for all who work hard for truth humility and justice.

At this time when there can surely never have been an election in which so many will be voting tactically or against other people or parties (as opposed to genuinely having a favourite choice of their own) let’s continue to pray today for the Lord to raise up a ‘cast’ of MPs who He can use, and who will legislate good things into being.

Since no party in this election has been anything like ‘lily white’, let’s use the actual moment of voting as an opportunity to repent of the sins of the party that we are voting for.

I am sure that most of you will have felt a deep grief at hearing and seeing both the main parties disseminating deceptive statements and telling so many blatant lies. It is as though a new and ugly culture has emerged that deliberately uses untruths as a weapon – very much as we have seen happening in America. The word ‘lies’ comes many times in Jeremiah, who I have been studying recently. For example:

They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge Me,” declares the Lord . . . They lead My people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord. (Jer. 9:3, 23:32)

Roger Allen from Bristol agreed: ‘A mixture of Thanksgiving and repentance for our sins and those of the different parties and of our nation is a great idea as we go to vote!’

Let’s keep praying for there to be ‘plumb lines of truth’ that bring accountability, for people to love and choose The Truth – and for people to have sufficient discernment to see through and beyond false promises and fake news.

Let’s keep praying for there to be ‘plumb lines of truth’ that bring accountability, for people to love and choose The Truth,  – and for people to have sufficient discernment to see through and beyond false promises and fake news.

Jan Tritten wrote to us yesterday from Devon:

I was making paper snowflakes with my granddaughter this afternoon and it struck me just how much mess we had been making all over the kitchen.  I felt God was saying not to focus on the mess but what we got out of that mess. Out of the whole process we were in to get to our end goal, something beautiful and worthwhile would emerge.

For us, what can be more beautiful and more worthwhile and righteous than to stand in the gap for our nation, to repent and ask for forgiveness, to be grateful that we are truly blessed in knowing our heavenly Father intimately enough to bring Him our tears, our repentance and our heartfelt pleas – and to know that He will respond in whatever way He deems right.

But weep we must. I’m weeping on a regular basis now, heart breaking tears for all I see and hear [in the political campaign and the state of the nation]. Weep like Jeremiah for our nation for all the ungodliness, sin and corruption, and let God’s living waters pour through our intercessory prayer [so that the Lord can] flood this nation with his love. Our heavenly Father WILL have His way. We are the salt, He is the Light. May His Holy Spirit guide us and lead us into all truth.

Shirley Shipman from Abingdon replied:

Some time ago I was in a number of ‘impossible’ situations where the only way through was to hear and lean on what God had said. I believe this is important for many of us who currently find ourselves in impossible situations where we need to rest on his word for those situations.

I later gave a word to the church saying that there would come a time when people around us will be in impossible situations and where, because we ourselves had been through them and learnt to trust in God’s word in and through them, we will be able to support those around us.

This resonated at the time with another recurring theme: that God brings beauty out of chaos and that sometimes when we pray for his help and guidance things seem to get worse and still more chaotic before He turns them around it into something ordered and beautiful. Here’s to praying for God to step in and bring order and beauty out of the chaos. X

And Anna Forbes from Shetland added:

That’s a beautiful illustration Jan and so true. It reminds us that we need to fix our eyes on what is ahead . . . sometimes the mess is necessary, but even when everything looks and feels like a building site, there is a purpose in it all that is necessary for the bigger picture. I’m also reminded of Corrie Ten Boom’s analogy of the tapestry: so messy when seen from the wrong side . . . a tangled web of threads and colours  . . . but when we turn it over and see it from the other side we see that God has been weaving something beautiful.  May we see and pray things from His perspective . . . which requires faith!

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor. 4:17-18)

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May the Lord’s protection be over all involved in the election today, from clerks in the polling stations, to the police, to the candidates, the great majority of whom, of course, will be disappointed by the result. Oversee all, we pray, Lord Jesus!