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29 August 2014

Call to prayer as terrorist threat level raised

Call to prayer as terrorist threat level raised

As the terrorist threat level is raised to severe across the UK, I am stirred by a sense that we must pray for the good of our nation.

As the Church in Britain –no matter our denomination - I see it as our responsibility to pray for the protection of this place we call home.

We are reminded time and again in scripture that we should not be afraid. So instead of fear, I want to encourage you - Christians and church leaders across the country - to choose instead to call out to God for the safety of our communities.

Pray for wisdom for the leaders of this nation and those working in counter-terrorism departments. Pray that those who would wish us harm will not succeed.

At this time let's also pray for all those caught up in conflict in the Middle East, for whom terror is a daily reality.

Prayer is our greatest weapon. It's God alone who can thwart the plans of evil people.

As churches meet in communities up and down the country this weekend, may we be houses of prayer;filled with hope.

"My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my saviour;you save me from violence. I call upon theLord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies" (2 Samuel 22:3-4)

Steve Clifford, general director, Evangelical Alliance