The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and a number of senior church leaders are inviting Christians across the nation to participate in the month of prayer – launching on Thursday 5 November – as a second lockdown in England comes into force.
Throughout the month, Christians will be encouraged to pray daily for areas of national concern, wherever they are. This will culminate into a collective moment of prayer at 6 pm each evening.
We are encouraged to follow a simple seven-day prayer cycle, praying for a specific area each day including the NHS and frontline workers, the bereaved, those struggling with physical and mental ill-health, and for children and young people.
The Bishop of Chester, Mark Tanner, said: "What greater privilege could we have than to bring the world before Christ and seek his blessing? And what higher responsibility do we have than to pray for our neighbours, communities, and nation. The thing about prayer is that you don’t have to be good at it, fired up for it, or go on about it… you just have to give it a go and God does the rest. Prayer makes a massive difference..."
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said: “Prayer changes things. It changes things by inviting God into the room. At this challenging time when all of us are fearful and anxious, and when so many are suffering, it is the one thing we can all do. We can pray and invite God to change us, giving us the solace, strength and comfort we need for the difficult winter that is ahead of us. Let’s pray together at this difficult time.”