The prayer topic for August is about political influence in our land. Paul says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2 TNIV) and reminded the Roman Christians: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1 TNIV) We may feel we know little about politics; many of us may feel we are not interested in the subject or feel powerless to effect any real change in this area in our country. Nonetheless, we have a clear duty of prayer for those in authority and Christians have often been at the vanguard of change over the years.

Pray for Christians working in Parliament, that God will influence their thoughts and cause them to speak out from a Christian viewpoint.

Pray for more Christians to be elected to Parliament.

Pray for God’s protection on Christian MPs against the devil’s attacks on them, their families and homes.

Pray that God will help all MPs to be morally led and to fight against injustice in our land.

Pray for David Cameron, that he and his cabinet will make wise decisions and promote good legislation.

Keep praying against the Gay Marriage bill.

Pray for Christian organisations working in this field (eg CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), a well-established mainstream Christian charity providing resources and helping to bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives.)