A ‘Year of Destiny’ for Scotland
2014 is a hugely significant year for Scotland – a year during which the eyes of the world will be on this nation as never before. In the space of just four months over the summer / autumn we will experience:
June – 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and second Gathering of the Clans
July – Commonwealth Games in Glasgow August – Centenary of the start of World War 1, which had a profound impact on Scotland’s people
September – Referendum on Independence and the Ryder Cup.
This crucial time needs to be covered in prayer and already churches, ministries and prayer networks are gearing up for the task. But beyond these events, the whole nation needs prayer more than ever before.All areas of society face unprecedented negative pressures. The undermining of traditional Christian values increases daily and many Christians feel overwhelmed by the range and intensity of the attacks.
It is time for the Church in the nation to ‘rise up and pray’ once again – and on 30th November there is an opportunity to do just that. St Andrew’s Day is our ‘Date with Destiny’ when Christians from across the nation and from all backgrounds will gather in Glasgow for ‘The Stand’:
- a time to stand together, united in one purpose, praying for the church, this nation and the nations, especially those coming to the Games.
- a time to take a stand and cry out to God ‘Your will be done, Your Kingdom come!’ – for the restoration of righteousness,holiness, integrity, mercy, compassion, and more – for revival in the church and transformation in the nation.
- a time to stand in the gap for the ‘lost’, the poor, the hungry – all those suffering injustice.
St Andrew’s Day will not just be a single day of prayer. It marks the launch of a Year of Prayer for this nation with the aim of every hour of every day being covered throughout this momentous year. More important than the eyes of the world, the eyes of God are on Scotland at this crucial time. He knows the plans He has for us.
Will we respond in prayer to seek His heart and His plans in these days? We may never have such an opportunity again – let’s not miss it!
Initial information on the programme for 30th November, and how to be involved in the Year of Prayer, will be available by the end of August. To register your interest and receive more information, email the address in the advert above. If you cannot be in Glasgow in November, consider committing to pray where you are that day, and to joining in the Year
Visit The Stands Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thestandscotland
May you be blessed as you ‘pray for Scotland’.
Jean Black Director and Alistair Barton Chairman