Is this picture an encouragement to pray?
Cloud formations appearing to be in the shape of Great Britain have been snapped three times since 2009. This latest one was taken in Huddersfield and sent to the BBC on 15 June (Credit: Golcar Matt/WeatherWatchers)
The Day of Prayer announced for 8 September is not really a National Day of Prayer for the simple reason that the government and monarch have not endorsed it.
Both Buckingham Palace and Lambeth Palace have turned down requests for a national day of prayer for several decades.
The Queen has been repeatedly asked to call for a national day of prayer like her father, King George VI did in the dark days of World War II.
One of the founders of the 1960s Festival of Light (which culminated in two large rallies in September 1971), the late Steve Stevens DFC, wrote regularly to the Queen to request that Her Majesty would call such a day as Head of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith.
Several strong prophecies have been circulated this summer, principally that of David Noakes given on 17 June at a meeting in East Grinstead.
Clifford Hill who writes in this paper had a prophecy at the end of July; both his and David Noakes’s prophecies are printed on the Prophecy Today website.
Changing the cultural climate will require the boldness of a revivalist rather than a politician’s pragmatism
It is a year since Theresa May became Prime Minister after six years as Home Secretary.
In that year it does not seem as if anything has improved for Christians who stick their heads above the parapet by graciously refusing to bake a cake, offering to pray for a colleague or quoting the Bible in public (see the report on street preacher Mike Overd in HEART April/May 2017 called ‘Battle for the Bible’).
“A nation is righteous in God’s eyes because of its Church; when the Church walks in righteousness, there’s hope for the nation. As churches rise up and proclaim the Gospel, the nation will change and be righteous again.”
This is what one Sussex pastor said to his congregation this year, echoing the accepted wisdom among those who pray for revival.