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Dear friends


Brexit. It is a word which none of us had heard of until a few years ago, and yet it is a word which we may well have heard enough of in recent times! We have watched events unfold since the referendum to establish our future relationship with the European Union.


Many of us will have a political perspective on this issue, but whatever our views might be, we’ll almost certainly agree that the separation process is not straight-forward. With the exit date looming, we are coming to a crucial time in terms of getting cabinet and parliamentary agreement to a structure which needs to be agreed with the rest of the E U.


In our history, our nation has been called to pray when there have been specific very important events taking place. There was, for example, a call for a “National Day of Prayer” during the Second World War, and many people responded. Churches were packed with people who had a desire to pray for the situation. We give thanks that such prayers were answered.


Although the situation today is very different, Brexit is, I believe, a significant point in the history of our nation. This will surely be one of the most important political decisions of our lifetime. The challenge for us, if we are genuinely God’s people, must therefore be that we make this topic a focus for prayer. The Bible makes it clear that things which might seem to be impossible for us are well within the power and the capability of the living God, and Scripture encourages us to pray.


What do we bring to God in prayer? I think that we must thank God for our nation and the freedom which we enjoy. We also need to pray for the senior members of our government as they meet together that, in their midst there would be harmony and a common sense of purpose. There’s a need to pray for peace in our nation and especially that believers will show to others the love of Christ, irrespective of political persuasions. And as we pray for our own nation, we must also pray for the nations remaining in the E U, that beneficial structures will be agreed which will enable crucial trading and cooperative relationships which will benefit all the nations involved in this situation.


I believe that Brexit, and the repercussions of it, will also be a great concern for many individuals in our nation. It will probably be of great concern to us. The question has to be how we can handle such concerns.


Very briefly, I’d like to point us to Psalm 46, which I think brings us specific guidelines as to how we can know the peace of God in a chaotic world. The reality, according to the psalmist, can be that we need not fear, even although everything around us is turned upside down. God is our refuge and strength. He promises to be our help when we trust in Him. He also promises to protect us and He invites us to come to Him and to be still before Him. Since God is faithful, there can be no danger to His cause or His people.


It is my prayer that the political mayhem which we are seeing at this time might soon be overcome, and that our nation will pull together and embrace the future in a positive way. But I also pray that each one of us might be able to trust in the God who knows the end from the beginning, and that His peace would be real for all of us, no matter what the future holds.

    

Yours sincerely,

Graham G Brown