Prayer for Stockholm – Lord Come With Your Peace
At about 150 places in Sweden, Christians gathered on a national day to pray together. In the Södermalm church in Stockholm, you especially prayed for the capital.
“Let it be a love game in Sweden’s people today,” calls Patrik Sandberg, one of the leaders of national prayer. Just before, the whole room has been formally exploded in praise. It is quite obvious that the nearly 100 people who fill the dome to the last place are triggered for prayer.
“Sweden is a country of internal bleeding,” says Patrik Sandberg, reading from the Bible how a woman with bleeding was healed by touching Jesus’ clothes. Many of the congregations have their own Bibles with them and look up the biblical places mentioned. But during these more than two hours, while the sun drips a vacant Stockholm in a mild and awaited light, it is just prayer that is at the center.
Lord Come with Your Peace
A handful of people are included as prayer leaders in the Södermalm church, and they are based on the seven prayer subjects projected on a screen behind them: politicians and country leaders, education, media, business, culture, families, churches, and Christian leaders.
But above all, it becomes a heartfelt prayer – single, joint or two and two, whispering, shouting, or in your own heart. During prayer for families, those who have an alliance call are invited to take it and raise it to God in prayer for their own and others’ relationships.
“We know that holiday can be difficult also for Christian families,” says Bean leader Anna Ekwall, children and family adaptors from Korskyrkan. When she talks about the need for a commitment to Christianity education for children, a monotonous jumper begins in the background, and after a while, the laughter spreads through the room. A little later, the mood is considerably more serious.
Prayer leader David Johansson
– Then prayer leader David Johansson told Elim Church about the mental ill-health that grows among young people, who expressed the impression that four students in a school in Vasastaden had taken their lives in recent months. Prayer for Stockholm
For the youth, we pray, and then also for the Christian pastors and priests who, as we know, are chosen as spiritual targets for Satanists in Stockholm. Johannes Luiga from Elim Church leads them together in prayer for business, for more entrepreneurs, and for Christian business ethics.
“We need new entrepreneurs who dare to stand up for their faith and for Christian values,” he says. A few hours later, the prayers and the song rise to the ceiling of St. Clara church in central Stockholm. Here, the national prayer is led by, among others, Birgitta Svensson, the veteran of the Swedish Prayer Network, and priest Carl-Erik Sahlberg.
Even the musician and his predecessor, Simon Ådahl are included, and he lets the song I think Praying for Sweden, from 2007, echo in the high vaults. “Do you see that man sleeping under the bridge, homeless and alone with dirty shoes? And the woman who collects jars and junk? It’s Sweden today, “sings Simon Ådahl in the Stockholm church, perhaps the best known for his social work.
With the national anthem, trumpets, and great Swedish appearing in the choir, the prayer time is otherwise a more patriotic setting than in the Södermalm church. Here are several prayer leaders who talk about how Christianity will win over other religions in Sweden, and about the need to make Sweden a Christian country.
– Sweden belongs to Jesus Christ, cites Birgitta Svensson, and receives from Philadelphian poet Desta Haregot:
“It’s amazing that so many people have come to Sweden. But instead of evangelizing them, they have “evangelized” us, with their culture and religion, he says. Prayer for Stockholm
Even in the great S: ta Clara church, filled with 250 people for the day, there is room for intense and heartfelt prayer. In and between the benches, people lower their heads and grasp each other’s hands, in prayer for the media, for strong congregations, and for those people in Sweden who are isolated and criticized by their closest ones for choosing the Christian faith. Afterward, there is a mingle at the back of the church, while a train is heading towards continued celebration and prayer in Kungsträdgården and Skansen.
EVA JANZON – varldenidag.se
Pray For Stockholm; The prayer rose to heaven in Stockholm
Bishop Mikael Mogren has made a statement after Friday’s dramatic events in Stockholm. “Dear.“Dear friends. Now I’m listening to very nasty news. I think of you in your situation. Many of us think of close relatives who are in Stockholm. It is with great compassion I think of all the victims, their families, and friends, and I pray.
My prayer is
Come in your presence to all the victims.
Bring Your Power to All Efforts.
Come with your peace where there is nothing.
In the name of Jesus Amen.
Your brother Mikael
Prayer for Stockholm
The flight chose us
God, the birds choose to escape. But many of us did not choose it.
The flight chose us. Now we are here in your world, God.
Those of us who were not chosen but still own freedom,
Help us carry the heavy escape so many are forced to bear!
Bojan chooses his foot. Many of us chose to walk.
The night was merciful. Now we are here in your world, God.
All of these are too many, maybe the free safe says.
But God, can we become too many who know what freedom is?
No one chooses the need. Many of us did not choose it.
It chose us along the way. Now we are here in your world, God.
And all of us who were not chosen know what freedom weighs.
Help us carry the freedom we carry!
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