This is not only a time to pray for Bognor – as we will do as we gather together next Tuesday (notice it’s the 5th July, not the 3rd!) at St. Mary Magdalene Church. It is also a time to pray for the nation, and for the leaders, the government, and for families, for the cohesion of communities.
At a time when the devil would like to see community cohesion fall apart, and all the people in the land who would see good done, riven by opposing ideologies, the Holy Spirit is calling us to stand together, to look to Jesus, and to find the oil of unity.
As churches, if we have been honest with each other, we have probably looked at each other differently over the past few weeks: how can they think that? and still be a Christian? How can you call yourself a follower of Jesus and vote in, OR vote out?!
The Referendum vote has exposed divisions that the last General Election vote did not expose. For myself, I was one of those who was wrestling with both sides quite close to the vote.
What we know is that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! And we know that we are also free to get it wrong. This is an opportunity for mercy and grace to fall on this land, and to see forgiveness and love triumph over accusation, boasting, violence, abuse and hatred. Let’s pray, as we prepare for the Prayer Concert next week, that the Lord will grow the fruit of the Spirit in us, the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
You may like to use the World Prayer Centre adapted Lord’s Prayer that focuses on the immediate needs for our government, for the country and Europe in the aftermath of the Leave vote, in the lead-up to the Prayer Concert. When you come on Tuesday, come ready to pray in the Spirit and to seek His will for the direction for our prayer.
A Bognor intercessor recently had this picture and word and is happy for it to be shared on here. Please pray about it if you have input into prophetic or intercessory prayer groups, or indeed if you feel it applies to individuals you know:
I was speaking to God about his love being the key to all things. Suddenly I had a key of love in my hand. As I looked up I saw before me a gate about twenty foot high, made of wood. I knew at once that it was a Prison Gate of old. I put the key of love into the gate lock but instead of unlocking it spun around in the lock. I realised that the lock was broken and the gate was not locked at all. As I thought this the gate fell silently forward hitting the ground and disappearing into the ground. It absolutely vanished leaving no trace.
Then I saw the people who had been held in this prison, they were so emaciated, very small and looked like they were almost dead.They stood looking at me but said and did nothing.
I began to call them out “Come out! Come out! You are free, come out!”
Then God said “It is the Year of Jubilee: all debts are cancelled. You are free!” There was unmerited grace love and freedom for all of them.
I called again for them to come out, to leave their prison c!othes behind and to come out. I knew their nakedness would be covered by love,and healing would follow.
I absolutely know that a spiritual gate has come down in Bognor Regis today, the captives are free but THE CHURCH needs to call them out and tend to their needs.
Wow is God good? Oh yes.xxx
Today we renew our commitment to be the people of God in this town.
Today we dedicate ourselves to be the servant of God and at the service of our town.
Today we have decided to follow Jesus and to keep the word of God as our guide.
Today we ask God to forgive our sins and transform us again by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today we ask God to restore his love to us and through us to express that love to all without discrimination.
Today we start again in faithfulness and hope and therefore look to God to give us the blessings that will enable us to be the people he wants us to be.
O gracious God open the windows of heaven and pour out your blessings on us so we will grow in faith and effective witness for you. Amen
Weighing this prophecy for tonight – I will give some context and direction for it.
I saw people on their knees and sitting praying.But they were asking God for the same old things in the same old way. We have to stop drinking from the old wine it no longer has any goodness left. It is time to drink from the New wine only. This means when we stand for Bognor we proclaim and claim everything.We tell Bognor to stand up and we tell principalities what we want. We have allow ourselves to come from a place of almost begging but we carry all authority and it is time to stand tall and proclaim,no old wine and old ways.