Prayer is my daily routine. Virtually no day begins without prayer. Prayer is my weekly routine. Virtually no week goes by without meeting with others for prayer. So why have a 'National Day of Prayer'? Surely most Christians are just like me - prayer is part and parcel of your life.
But then so is brushing my teeth! Seriously, it is good for us to stop, to think, to call on our merciful and almighty Father in heaven together as Scottish churches. Very often my prayers are caught up with what is nearest to me; my family, my congregation and the immediate community around me. That is good and every believer should make these a subject of concerted prayer. If I pray for the nation, then I will find greater encouragement knowing brothers and sisters from Dumfries to Dunnet Head and from Balivanich to Bridge of Don are praying with me.
As a nation we face a time of great political and economic uncertainty. Yet one thing is certain, we will have no clarity or peace regarding these or any other matters if we do not first seek the Kingdom of God. We long to see people and communities transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ. We can pray for that every day. But in Govanhill we are committing to pray with others across Scotland on St. Andrew's Day, 30th November. Will you join us?