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  1. Thanks Stephen,

    I will not be at this one but was at the National Day of Prayer at the Emmanuel Centre in Marsham Street on March 23rd. It’s so encouraging that there seems to be a significant number of people really praying with faith for our country and for our return to the Lord in the midst of the darkness. May His Light yet shine again in this land!

    1. What was the take on Russia at that meeting on 23rd, Lynkalin?

  2. If this particular group of Muslims is as bad as you say, which seems very likely, is it not possible that the Secretary of State, Newham Council, and the Courts all thought for themselves, and came to their own conclusion, regardless of your prayers or God’s influence ?

    He doesn’t seem to have achieved the return of the nation to God, your other big prayer, although that would presumably be in his own interest.

    1. This could be the subject for a Bible study – or even a book. I do not doubt that in the tower of the Cambridge University library, in the news last night, there should indeed be books on exactly that.
      You know, the Almighty one has manners. He will not force anyone to do anything. Yes, there is his ‘irrestistable grace’ and that’s what we pray for. It means that despite herself, Mrs May, or the Boris, or the whole government, has a complete change of heart. We see it in the Bible with Josiah’s ministers finding the book of the law. 2Chron 34:14-19 has the story.
      But that kind of intervention is rare, and of his grace, and often as a result of his people’s prayer. And they may have to pray for years, even for generations. We don’t know why God does not do what we ask instantly. Maybe just because his ways are not our ways. Christ teaches we may have to be persistent, importunate, in our prayers:
      Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
      But at other times, indeed, most times, the Lord allows men to go their own way and the results of their sin, or stupidity, will be seen as judgment, or consequences, depending on your point of view.
      Funnily enough, in the case of Newham Council, the Labour Group were all for the mega-mosque. Then Alan Craig was elected as a Christian People’s Alliance candidate, and he was added to, then Respect got some councillors. During that time, Sir Robin Wales and the whole Labour Group turned completely 180deg against the megamosque. See all of that as a coincidence if you like, but we are seeing it in a spiritual dimension, as something changing in the spiritual realm making things change on earth. Put that with the confusion in the mosque trustees as well, the changings of architects, PR firms, disastrous open day. With no doubt at all we see all that as a dramatic answer to our prayer.
      So why has the nation as a whole not changed in the light of what happened in Newham? Just maybe the Lord’s people have not been coordinated enough, coherent enough, insistent enough, active enough, and given to fasting enough. You have made me think that I personally am not doing enough! You see how the Lord can use even a sceptic like you to change the spiritual context?

      1. on the other hand, the Lord may just “give us over” as in Romans. As you said in response to another commentator on another thread, who felt that God had told him not to pray anymore (like Jeremiah), we should not give up praying I suppose.

        The “church” is this country and “Christians” should look to themselves too, instead of insisting that all the faults lie outside the church. I find very little real love in almost all the churches I have visited, and been a member of, over 35 years of church attendance. A few faithful, but not many.

      2. eg most church attenders, I hesitate to call them “Christians”, can’t even seem to manage a “hello”.

  3. This is a great feather in the cap of you as Christian Voice. The apparent complete failure of the Muslim fraternity to gain permission to build this Mosque in east London is seemingly the result of persistent and longevity of prayer. I do not see much to encourage us in present day UK life and politics, but maybe, just maybe, the Lord has not as yet abandoned us.

  4. Please get the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Canning Town involved, they are an awesome bunch of God fearing Christians.

    1. You get them involved, Douglas!

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