Day of Prayer for the Media

Sunday 28th May 2017

Join with churches and Christians across the UK in praying for the media

This year we especially want to pray for media professionals to be empowered to tell the whole story – the negative as well as the positive, the wrongs and the rights, the truth and the redemption.

What We’re Praying For

  • Increased opportunities to celebrate empathy, truth and justice in the media and for lives to be changed.

  • For Christians working in the media to shine for God and become even more influential

  • Enhanced respect and mutual understanding between Christian and non-Christian media professionals.

  • Effective discipleship of young Christians who are looking to build a career in, or will be working with, the media.

Who We Are Praying For

  • Churches supporting and interacting with national and their local media

  • Christian and non-Christian Media professionals (eg print and radio journalists, tv and film producers, directors, editors and writers, advertising and communication specialists)

  • Christian groups supporting those who work in and with the media

  • Students and young people looking into a career in media, looking for support and advice

How You Can Get Involved

  • Help us spread the word – share this video in your churches ahead of and on Sunday 28th May, in small groups and online.

  • Sign up now for our social media thunderclap on the 28th May, which automatically sends a message to all of your and our followers on the 28th May announcing that we are praying for the media.

  • Post your prayers on the prayer wall

While you are thinking of about your prayer, be encouraged by these prayers from our friends.

We need to pray for the media and those working in the industry. Arguably we need to pray for ourselves as consumers.

In this era of fast-paced consumption, we need to pray that media professionals refuse to sacrifice accuracy for speed – the need to be first – and to carry the message rather than market it.

Collectively we need to be relentless in the search for truth and objectivity.

We need God in this. He’s bigger than us – the ultimate influencer.

Lord, keep us steady; stop us relentlessly career-building and judging ourselves on followers, likes or the numbers in our networks. Help us see the truth and work for its promotion. Forgive us our human self-absorption. Keep at the forefront of our minds the need to understand and respect those we broadcast to and write for. Set us on a path to promote the common good and to help the poor and vulnerable in society.

Amen.

James Abbott, Digital Manager for the Catholic Bishop’s Conference for England and Wales

Loving Lord, Living Word,
Fill our words with wisdom,
Our keystrokes with grace.
May we pursue truth with diligence,
Seeking out the voices that need to be heard.
Grant us persistence to overcome obstacles,
And patience when deadlines loom.
Help us when pressures mount and time is short
Always to communicate with integrity and compassion.
In the Name of the Living God. Amen.

Rev. Peter Crumpler

Lord Jesus
You are the word made flesh
You are both the great communicator and the great communication.
Lord, we thank you for all those you have called to serve  in the world of media.
We recognise the strategic and important role that media has in our world.
Lord grant to each one
Discernment to hear your voice
Wisdom in what to share
Integrity in how to share
Creativity in their sharing
Courage to stand for truth
Grace in Serving you and others
May your peace, presence, light their way.
In Jesus name
Amen

Fred Drummond, UK Prayer Director, Evangelical Alliance

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God”

I write, I text, I message, I draft, I revise, I edit;
I record, I interview, I shorten, I post, I blog, I tweet.
I squeeze words into formats.
With Isaiah I pray, that “my word … shall accomplish that which I purpose.”
I am drowning in words and information,
I search through statements, reports and data;
I aspire to objectivity.

With Solomon I pray, “let my words … be acceptable in your sight.”
Today’s post truth and alternative facts don’t have a tomorrow;
But Your truth has no beginning and no end;
Guide me into Your truth and teach me!
Hate speech and offensive language are lethal weapons;
But Your word gives eternal life;
Guide me into Your peace and teach me!
In the ending will be the word and the word will be with God.
I am a servant of the word.
God in your mercy, hear my prayer! Amen

Rev. Karin Achtelstetter, General Secretary,
World Association for Christian Communications (WACC)

WHY PRAY FOR THE MEDIA?

As Christians, we want to affirm the media’s vital role in our society. At its best the media

  • gives a voice to the voiceless
  • holds the powerful to account
  • highlights unjust practices
  • calls for justice
  • keeps people informed
  • brings us strong opinions to challenge our own
  • tells stories to entertain us.

We support the highest standards in the media.
We want to give our backing to the vast majority of people working in the media as they strive for integrity and truth.

We believe that working in the media is an honourable profession.
We want to encourage Christians and other people of faith and goodwill to consider it as a calling. We want to support all those working in and with the media in our churches, including; church leaders and communications officers who help to portray and interpret the Church’s role in our society.

We want to see a thriving media
From national newspapers to community radio, from websites to specialist publications, from TV networks to blogs, all have a valuable role to play. Churches are parts of international and national networks – so a thriving global and national media matters to us. We want to know about our world, its celebrations, its problems and its joys, and we need a thriving media to help us engage with it.

We want to engage positively with the media
Churches are communities of believers rooted in local areas. So the local and regional media matter to us – they are vital parts of our communities, and help to hold those communities together.

In difficult economic and social times, we need a strong and courageous international, national and local media, working to the highest ethical standards.

We want to play our part in ensuring that we have a thriving media, committed to truth, and in affirming – and challenging – those who work within it.

Resources

Websites

Books

  • 100 Ways to Get Your Church Noticed by Neil Pugmire has now been fully revised and updated. It is published by Church House Publishing and available here.
  • Who Needs Words? by Richard Littledale is a Christian Communication Handbook. It is published by Saint Andrew Press and is available here.
  • Christians and the Media: a theology for confident engagement by Christopher Landau is available from Grove Books here.
  • Online Mission and Ministry – a theological and practical guide by Pam Smith. It is published by SPCK and available here.

Training

  • The Church of England Communications Office runs training courses for churches of all denominations. You can find details at www.churchcommstraining.org or call 0207 898 1465.

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Other’s Prayers

When you pray for one of the requests below, be sure to click on the I prayed for you button so that we can let the requestor know how many times their request has been lifted up.
Request TitleSubmitted By# PrayersDate
PRAY FOR SAT-7 UK
Craig Martinetti05-28-2017
Please pray for the ministry of Sat -7 UK. They are broadcasting the message and love of Jesus to the Middle East and North Africa thru a Christian Satellite TV Network. They have a Facebook page and are on Twitter. They also have a website. I live in Ontario, Canada. I am originally from the US. I have dual citizenship in Canada and the US. I will pray for the Media in the UK as God leads me. Have a great day! I love the UK. Xxxooxxx <3
Prayer for the media
Jan Burnett05-22-2017
Dear Lord, thank you for the blessings you have shown my partner and I over the years. In particular the positive changes that have come into our lives, and the new start that we both truely welcome. I have worked in the media, and know the challenges that they face on a daily basis. I pray that they stop manipulating people and situations. I pray that the media become more positive and report on the good things that are happening as opposed to the negative.There are many examples of great things that are happening in the UK and it would be wonderful if these could be reported on. Lord, I know that we can't close our eyes to the hardships around us, but it would be so wonderful if positive stories were given more emphasis. I pray that more people come to know the love that you have for them. You are a great and loving God, slow to anger, and so kind. I ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
TV/Film actor and my involvement in the New Ferry Explosion.
Christopher Power04-18-2017
Prayer is powerful. As an actor who works in TV/Film and theatre I find that prayer and encouragement are powerful. I live in the North West and find that there is a lack of Christian groups who come together like the Arts Centre Group or Christians in Entertainment to pray, encourage, fellowship, socialise and share ideas. When I was training in London in the 1990s I found it very encouraging to find many such groups. However, I miss this and pray that one day we will see more Christians in Merseyside come together from all areas of the Media. I am in rehearsal at present for a Shakespeare event and I am grateful for all the support and prayer from friends and strangers regarding the huge New Ferry explosion I was involved in on 25th March. We as a family can't go back to our home for at least another 4-6 months. We are now in temporary accommodation. If you are not aware of this story then Google Christopher Power New Ferry Explosion.
God who call us
Justin Brierley03-15-2017
God who call us to live the life of Christ in the world today, may we resist being confirmed to the pattern of this world and find our minds transformed by the renewing power of your Holy Spirit.
Prayer for those in the Media from ICF website
ICF-Faith -03-15-2017
Prayer for those in the Media from ICF website: All seeing and all knowing God, we live in a world where news and information surrounds us at every turn; at the touch of a button; the flick of a switch; a click of our mouse. It is through news reports that nations have been moved to bring relief to the suffering, and yet the evening bulletins can also often sicken, as they confront us with the worst of human behaviour. So we pray for those who work in the media; where they are exposed to danger, may they know Your protection; when uncovering reality that repulses, may they find strength; when seeking truth that others strive to keep hidden, may they find resolve. Help us Oh God to share and receive information responsibly, that we may seek fact and not simply sensation; and not numbed by our 24 hour news culture, to the realities behind the bulletins. Through Jesus Christ our Lord AMEN
Father, forgive us when
Elizabeth X03-15-2017
Father, forgive us when we do things that dishonour you. Give us creativity and strength to do things that bring you honour. Lord, give wisdom and courage to media proprietors and shareholders to put truth, service and democracy above profit. Lord, give readers, listeners and advertisers the understanding and ability to support the media you wish to thrive. Amen
Heavenly Father
Kirsty X03-15-2017
Heavenly Father Fill us all with the fruits of the Spirit. Clothe us in the armour of God. Especially today as I've unintentially upset someone via Facebook! Forgive us our transgressions & humble us. Amen
Freelancing
Nick White03-15-2017
Hello, I work as a freelance journalist and writer in the UK. You have no idea how much I would appreciate any prayers you can spare for me. Thanks 🙂
Lord arm us...
Aran Woodfin03-15-2017
Lord, arm us with the truth of good journalism, the imagination of great writers, performers and presenters and the reality of the wonder of your world and your people, So that we may offer hugs.
Bible passage
Edmund Krzeminski03-15-2017
King James Bible Ezekiel 22:30 "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." O God, please help us and teach us to build the wall around the USA, Canada and Poland. Are you ready to stand in the gap, where God is the Helper and Teacher? Please pray to overcome for: 0. Poland, freedom from religion to God through Jesus Christ, 0. Church in the USA - Matt. 3.12 "Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." 1. stirring up the ministry to the God for me, my wife Dorothy, our daughter Ann, our sons Peter and Daniel - "..but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24.15 2. God's will and wisdom for me and my family; I ask God for the great wisdom in school for Daniel,working for Edmund, Dorothy, Peter (also God's direction for his life) and Ann( Ann needs husband), 3. God's order in my work. I ask God for the great wisdom at my work. Blessings and the knowledge of Jesus Christ for my bosses.Thank God for the continuation of my work.