Cardiff recently welcomed the esteemed St David's Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast events at the Senedd. There are some moments in life where you stop and pinch yourself. For me, looking around Wales’ government building and seeing it full of people gathered to pray for our nation and praise God was certainly one of those moments.

This annual gathering serves as a powerful intersection of faith and governance, shedding light on the pivotal role of faith in shaping Wales’ political landscape. With so many international delegates represented, it was a beautiful demonstration of Christian unity, as well as how Wales’ rich spiritual heritage has an impact on nations across the globe.

Against a backdrop of soul-stirring music from The Salvation Army, who were celebrating their 150th year, the festivities commenced with an international reception in the evening, where we later heard speeches from figures such as First Minister Mark Drakeford MS, who emphasized the value of faith-based principles in shaping policies and fostering international co-operation. 

The following morning, we were in the historic pierhead building where we heard from Ireland’s Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, the distinguished Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, and keynote speaker, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who both gave fascinating reflections on the role and duties of Christian leadership and our engagement in the public square. I had the honour of leading the prayers for our nation, thanking God for the freedom to exercise our faith as Christians in so many areas of our society, as well as praying for a fresh renewal in Wales. In closing, Darren Millar, in his reflection, underscored the indispensable role of Christian influence within politics, acknowledging it as a beacon of hope in navigating the complexities of governance.


As the breakfast concluded, myself and the rest of the Evangelical Alliance team present convened with members, sharing insights and initiatives aimed at advancing the kingdom’s work within the nation. It was an encouraging and important time of fellowship and shared vision, where all present were left invigorated by the collective resolve to empower Christian influence within our communities.

As a result of speaking with and hearing so many people at the prayer breakfast share how Jesus has transformed their lives, workplaces, communities, and countries, I feel a renewed sense of boldness in Jesus’ principles, illuminating the corridors of power with compassion, integrity, and unwavering conviction. I pray that the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast is an encouragement to our members too and serves as a reminder to continue to pray for our work here in Wales and for those who hold positions of power and influence in this nation, that they too may be influenced by the message of Jesus.