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24 April 2015

Christians urged to pray on eve of the election

Christians urged to pray on eve of the election

The Evangelical Alliance is urging Christians to gather for prayer outside the Houses of Parliament on the eve of the general election. 

On 6 May 2015, the Alliance will join National Day of Prayer, 24/7 Prayer and YWAM to gather in Parliament Square to "stand up, show up and stand out" before the polling stations open the next morning. 

At 7.14pm, marking 2 Chronicles 7:14, prayers will be said for the decisions being made at the ballot box and for the next government that forms. 

The Evangelical Alliance's general director Steve Clifford will be joining hundreds of others at the prayer event.

He said: "Has there been an election with so many words, yet such lack of clarity, so many choices, yet such uncertainty. It's at times like this that the Church finds the place of prayer so important.

"We call out to God for the UK, that men and women of integrity, wisdom and sound judgement will be elected to govern these lands."

Dr Jonathan Oloyede, convenor of the National Day of Prayer and Worship, has published a letter asking for Christians to unify in this poignant way before voting begins. In his letter he said: "We can no longer divorce our faith from politics. 

"It has been an encouragement to see the recent Church of England House of Bishops Pastoral letter to all its parishes, the launch of a Black Majority Church manifesto, The Christian People's Alliance activities, the Show Up project and political party leaders appearing on Church platforms in aid of their campaigns." 

Meet us in Parliament Square, London, on Wednesday, 6 May for an hour of prayer at 7.14pm. Those who aren't based in London are encouraged to gather in groups to pray at the same time.