Give Your love of justice to Theresa May, O God,
and righteousness to her Cabinet.
Help them govern UK citizens in a right way;
let the poor be treated fairly.
May the City yield prosperity for all,
and may the country be fruitful.
Help the Government to defend the poor,
to rescue the children of the needy
and to bring their oppressors to justice.
May they fear and respect You as long as the sun shines,
as long as the moon remains in the sky.
May the Government’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
like the showers that (constantly) water the UK.
May all the godly flourish and live in peace under this Government.
May there be abundance and prosperity for all.
Keep our country safe from evil influences,
seeking to destroy all that is good and right.
Keep our people safe from terrorist attack,
and ruthless enemies who show no mercy.
You, God, rescue the poor when they cry to You;
You will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
You feel compassion for the weak and needy,
and You will rescue them.
You will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are precious to You.
Bless Theresa May and the Government!
May we always pray for her.
Bless our country and pour out Your Spirit,
How we need You!
We long for You, come and revive us, O Holy One.
Praise the Lord God!
He alone does wonderful things.
Praise His glorious Name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Yes, let it be, let it be.
Praying for our rulers is a command; we are told to pray for them so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. But I must confess to forgetting about this most of the time.
Recent events – it feels as though our country has been tipped upside-down and given a thorough shaking – have brought it to the forefront of my mind.
When reading this psalm (72), I thought it would be useful to turn it into a prayer I can use regularly.
Whatever you may think of Theresa May or the Tory Government, praying people are called to pray for them. No one could envy her this job right now with so many huge decisions to make and implement, and more pressures than I can begin to imagine.
So let’s pray.
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