Following the toughest budget in a generation, Global Day of Prayer is calling for Christians to pray for those most affected by the latest government cutbacks.
In his first Budget, UK chancellor George Osborne called for a two-year pay freeze for public sector workers earning over £21,000 and substantial welfare savings including a three-year freeze in child benefit, a cap on housing benefit and a reduction in tax credits for families earning more than £40,000.
“With reduced funding for many local government and public sector services, people at the grassroots are going to feel the impact of these cutbacks. This is the time for the Churches to unite in prayer and act appropriately to help their local communities,” said GDOP London Convener Jonathan Oloyede.
He added: “The rate of depression, debts, bankruptcy, domestic violence and other social vices are set to increase. People need our prayers. Local councils and social services need more prayer, the whole nation needs much more prayer!
“In times of such uncertainty and change, we also need to pray for all Members of Parliament and local government leaders as they continue to make difficult decisions in tackling the most challenging economic issues.”
After 10,000 Christians gathered at West Ham stadium June 13 for a national day of prayer, Global Day of Prayer London is calling the church to a season of intercession for the capital and the nation, by launching 500 days of prayer from August 1.
Oloyede said: “Following on from the powerful day of prayer in London we want to keep the momentum of prayer going throughout the year. We want to build beacons of prayer in every UK County towards a national day of prayer at Wembley Stadium in September 2011.
“During these 500 days, GDOP London, in collaboration with other organisations and networks will be providing ongoing prayer resources whilst organising prayer events to help equip and mobilise an army of intercessors across the UK. As we take this Road to Wembley, this is a Kairos moment for our nation that we may never see again in this generation. We just cannot afford to miss this opportunity.”
For further information and media enquires contact:
Peter Wooding: 07500 903067/01244 549167, email@example.com
Dr Jonathan Oloyede: 08456 528 600 / 07956 237 266
Kim Dopson, GDOP Administrator: 08456 528 600 / 02088 539 529
GDOP London, which is a movement of daily prayer, is urging one million Christians to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12 noon every day. It is also encouraging all churches and networks to be part of 500 days of prayer for the UK starting Sunday August 1, 2010 until December 31, 2011.
The Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP) is a movement of collaboration across the Christian Church in the capital towards Unity, Prayer and Transformation, and is part of a global network which began in South Africa at the turn of the Millennium. In 2009 over 250 million Christians united in 220 countries to pray. In London, GDOP has been a focus of prayer and Christian action since 2006 with prayer networks now in every London borough. West Ham Stadium 07, Millwall Football Stadium in 2008, and West Ham Stadium in 2010 saw a combined attendance of 40,000 Christians attending. Organisers hold a vision to host the 2011 event at Wembley Stadium. For more details go to: www.gdoplondon.com
Peter Wooding, Assist News Service