Let Us Pray

Broadcaster and Church & Media Network trustee Andy Walton brings news of our Day of Prayer for the Media

We all know the cliché – journalists vie with estate agents, politicians and parking attendants for the accolade of ‘least popular profession.’ Journalists, and many others who work in media can feel like we work in a sphere that is unpopular and becoming more so. But of course it’s not the whole picture – many are grateful for the long hours we put in, the quality products we produce and the way that we help to digest a complex world for busy people who want to know what’s going on.

However, even if it were true and there were good reasons for those of us in the media to be unpopular, that wouldn’t change the purpose of this blog – to tell you about the Day of Prayer for the Media, happening this year on Sunday 17th May. Because whether the media is valued or hated by Christians, or something in between, we should be praying!

The Day of Prayer has been growing for the last couple of years and over the next few days a new series of prayers will be added to the dedicated website to help you and your church to pray for the media on the 17th. You can also submit your own prayer – something we hope you’ll take the chance to do – which will ensure people across the country are praying for you.

This year we especially want to remember in our prayers those media professionals who are working in extremely dangerous circumstances in the Middle East and other conflict zones. More than ever we need to truth to come to light in those areas. Journalists and other media people have the ability to bring that truth to us. The recent murders of reporters, camera people and others highlights just how dangerous that can be.

But we also want to remember the countless important jobs which are being done back here at home, often unnoticed and often not well-paid, secure or with the glory of an on-screen role.

The Church and Media Network exists to support Christians who work in the media and to build bridges between the church and the media. We do that through three main projects: themedianet which offers events, online inspiration and one-to-one meetings for Christians ‘at the coalface’; the Church and Media Conference, which features key industry speakers, and the third of our projects – the Day of Prayer for the Media.

I hope I’ve managed to help you see just how highly we value this event and how highly we think of you and your work – we want churches across the UK to be praying for you and your colleagues. Please let your church leaders and/or your denomination know what we’re doing. We’d love this day to become a highlight of the Christian calendar which affirms what you do, intercedes for the whole sector and asks God to shine the light of his grace, goodness and compassion upon the media.

Find prayers to use, and upload your own at www.pray4media.co.uk

Paul Arnold