Should the UK have a national day of prayer?

Should the UK recognise the Global Day of Prayer or have a national day of prayer? The fact is that there is a global day of prayer, and it’s happening next Saturday.

Though Archbishop Cranmer informs readers that a question was put to the Prime Minister at Question Time on Wednesday whether or not Britain should join in with the initiative. Unfortunately, the question was very conveniently avoided.

I just don’t know what’s wrong with this country. And I certainly don’t know what’s wrong with the Government. I thought David Cameron supported traditional Christian virtues. I thought he made a big deal about being an Anglican. And I thought he, unlike Tony Blair’s cabinet, does God.

Archbishop Cranmer also points out that the USA have a national day of prayer, even though separation of church and state is in place. Valid point. Because church and state are very much combined in this country. It’s part of our heritage. It’s a part of our identity.

Now, I know a load of atheists and new atheists and some grumpy people are going to to say ‘No we shouldn’t have a national day of prayer blah blah blah’. But, my question is, “…if we shouldn’t have a national day of prayer, then why not? We give national days to near enough everything else under the sun”.

And let’s be honest, praying for our nation, remembering those in war and thinking about the interests of our people and government is hardly a bad thing is it?

Obviously being a Christian, I would think that prayer is a good thing. In fact, I’m told to pray for my country and leaders. My favourite passage about praying for your country is this:

2 Chronicles 7:14-16

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

Maybe I’m being blind? What do you think about the idea of a national day of prayer for the UK being made official?


Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

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  • Trina

    Why does a day of prayer need to  be proclaimed officially?  Please don’t feel the need to take cues from the U.S. with our ever-more tenuous separation of church and state.  It’s rather scary over here at times.  And it was for me even when I was a Christian.  Everyone should have the right to their opinions; why on earth do opinions need to be forced-upon anyone?

  • I don’t really think we should have a National Day of Prayer. I don’t think there is anything to be gained from it. However, I’m probably saying this because I don’t want to be guilted into praying on a day someone else decides, and then feel bad because I’m lazy and don’t pray as I should.