Christians pray as Britain heads to the polls

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Christians are praying for the nation as millions cast their vote in the UK general elections today.

Hundreds gathered in London and Edinburgh on Wednesday evening for Christian Concern's election prayer rallies a day before polling stations opened. 

The Church of England and other Churches have issued special prayers for the occasion. 

The Joint Public Issues Team, a partnership between the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, has issued special prayers for the election and the days following:

Election Day Prayer

God of all power, on this election day be with us as we love, pray and vote. We pray for our country, for voters, for candidates and their teams, for election officials, and for a safe, free and fair process.

We pray that choices will be made with wisdom and actions will be guided by love. And as Jesus taught us, we pray that your kingdom will come and your will be done on earth as in heaven.


Post-Election Day Prayer

God of all nations,

We lift up to you our newly elected leaders and government officials. Grant them wisdom, integrity, and a spirit of service as they undertake their duties. May they be guided by a commitment to the common good, justice, and the welfare of all citizens.

May they govern with compassion, humility, and a deep sense of responsibility towards the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society.

In Jesus' name,

The general election takes place at a time of deep divisions over how the country should be run, from the economy and climate policy, to Brexit, gender identity, and assisted suicide. 

Polling by Christian charity CARE in the run-up to election day found that most UK voters (76%) see the moral character of candidates as a "major factor in their suitability for political office".

Ross Hendry, CEO of CARE, commented: "People rightly expect their politicians to model integrity, accountability, and moral decency. When politicians do so, this leads to better outcomes, and aids societal flourishing

"The opposite is also true, and the various scandals of recent years have shown the dire consequences of politicians failing to live up to the high standards expected of them."

He added: "Christianity has shaped our society in profound ways over the centuries and provides the moral basis for our democratic way of life, justice system, and welfare state.

"We believe that upholding Christian values is vitally important if we are to realise a just and compassionate society in years to come, and we will be making the case to MPs."

Care Not Killing, a coalition opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide, has expressed concerns that Thursday's results "could usher in devastating legal changes in Britain".

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has promised to support legislation to legalise assisted suicide if he becomes Britain's next Prime Minister. 

Care Not Killing said that legalisation of assisted suicide in England would "strengthen the hand" of MSPs supporting a similar change in Scotland with Liam McArthur's Assisted Dying for Terminall Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill. 

"Proposals for medically assisted killing laws are also advancing in Jersey and the Isle of Man and either one could trigger a domino effect at Westminster," it said. 

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) echoed these concerns as it urged people to vote pro-life.

"As you know, the threat of abortion being decriminalised was narrowly averted in the last Parliament but is almost certain to return in the new one," said Alithea Williams, SPUC's Public Policy Manager.

"We also expect a big push to legalise assisted suicide. It is therefore vital that pro-life people use their vote to elect pro-life MPs."