Election prayerThe papers are full of unrest and inequality both around the world. Troubling stories come to us from The Ukraine, Syria, Turkey and Malaysia. Here at home we read that the latest research from Oxfam shows that inequality in this country is growing rapidly.

‘The UK’s five richest families have accumulated more wealth than the whole of the bottom 20 per cent of the population, with the gap between rich and poor continuing to grow, according to research published today. The handful of billionaires – have amassed a combined wealth of £28.2bn, more than the poorest 12.6 million people in Britain.’

With all these events it is very tempting for us to blame those in government, and whilst it might be true that they have a case to answer, the Bible clearly calls us to pray for those in authority.

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Saviour God wants us to live. 1 Tim 2:1-3

So this week our prayer is for those in government that they might serve all the people fairly and seek to do what is right rather than what is popular or serves personal interest.

Prayer for the Government
 
Heavenly Father
source of all truth and wisdom,
who knows and loves the whole creation,
watch over our nation:
that truth may prevail over distortion,
wisdom triumph over recklessness
and the concerns of every person be heard.
 
Lord Jesus,
who chose the way of the cross
in the Garden of Gethsemane,
help us to turn our backs on self-interest
and to support policies that sustain the poor,
the vulnerable and the frightened
people of this world.
 
Holy Spirit,
who brought understanding among myriad peoples
and languages at Pentecost,
give to all your people a passion for peace
and inspire us to work for unity and co-operation throughout the world
and in our political life together.
Amen.