15 May 2015
Christians urged to pray for the media on Sunday
People across the country will pray for the media on Sunday as part of an initiative of the Church and Media Network, which aims to build bridges between the media and the Christian community.
This year is especially focused on praying for media professionals working in dangerous circumstances in the Middle East and other conflict zones.
A spokesperson for the Church and Media Network said: "This year we are especially focused on praying for media professionals working in dangerous circumstances in the Middle East and other conflict zones.
"We also want to remember the countless important jobs which done here at home, often unnoticed and not well-paid, secure or with an on-screen role."
New prayers for 2015 have been commissioned from the Alliance's general director Steve Clifford, the Revd Kenneth Howcroft and Mrs Gill Dascombe, president and vice president of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Dr Karin Achtelstetter, general secretary of the World Association for Christian Communication, Bishop Ephraim Tendero, general secretary of the World Evangelical Alliance and others.
In his prayer, Steve Clifford prays: "Thank you, Father, that you promise never to leave us on our own, so please send the Holy Spirit afresh to those who are your followers working in the media.
"May they know you as their counsellor, their friend, the one who stands alongside them."
Prayer requests can be uploaded to the Day of Prayer site, which also contains further resources – pray4media.co.uk
The Church and Media Network are asking churches, individuals and other Christian groups to pray specifically this Sunday, 17 May for the media.