With the Referendum fast approaching, the national leaders of many of the major denominations and church groups in Scotland have joined in a unique ‘call’ to the Church to pray about the vote and the kind of Scotland we wish to see in the future, whatever the result.
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Solas supports the efforts of Pray for Scotland in organising this call to prayer. From their website:
18th September 2014 is an historic day for Scotland. After a little more than 300 years since the Acts of Union in 1707 we will vote on whether to become an independent nation or remain part of the United Kingdom. In the year leading up to the Union there was a call to pray and fast for the Queen (Queen Anne) and the two Governments (in Edinburgh and London) as they conducted negotiations on the details, with the following statement in mind, “That all may be done to the glory of God…..”
300 years ago the church gave spiritual leadership, without taking sides. Today, there is the same, if not a greater need for the church in Scotland to give such leadership once again. While the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns focus on the political, economic, social, educational and cultural issues, which are of course essential to the debate, as Christians we also care about Scotland’s moral and spiritual climate. We believe that God is theultimate authority and we have a biblical responsibility to pray for our nation and its leaders at this crucial time.
Therefore, as Christian leaders we are asking the church in Scotland to join in praying about the Referendum and Scotland’s future. What kind of nation do we wish Scotland to be? History shows us over and over again that prayer changes things and that God responds to the prayers of His people.
Prayer is already taking place. The team who organised The Stand – the St Andrews Day of Prayer – are sending out weekly emails with prayer points on the Referendum and Scotland’s future for use by individuals, home groups and church prayer meetings. If you are not already using them, you can receive them by registering your email address at www.thestand.org.uk/news/
Sunday 14th and Wednesday 17th September are key dates just before the vote.
- On the Sunday we invite you to include prayer about the vote and the nation’s future in your regular service and/or hold a special prayer service in the evening, possibly with others.
- On the Wednesday we invite you to participate in a national day of prayer and fasting.