I prayed for the floods that disrupted the Brexit referendum. I tweeted after my prayer was answered.
I have a confession to make. The night before the Brexit referendum, I prayed for divine intervention, suggesting one possible thing to the Lord (meaning the triune God of Christianity), in the context of a general prayer for Him to do something. I suggested His causing freak weather on polling day, affecting areas of the country where intended Remain voters were in the majority.
The overall agenda of my prayer request was divine intervention sufficient to procure, by a narrow margin, the result to the Brexit referendum that enabled God to bring about His good purposes, causing least suffering.
It was a very specific prayer. I prayed for a near fifty-fifty split of the vote, although not so close that there would have to be a recount. I asked this so that there would simply have to be a process of reconciliation between the two sides, Leave and Remain, or so I hoped. I thought if either side won a resounding victory, there would be bitterness and disappointment. The two sides had been at each other’s throats somewhat during the campaign period.
As Remain were ahead of Leave in the opinion polls, I prayed that if God wanted the side that won to be Leave, as I suspected He did, because I suspected that He wanted the final outcome to be that the UK left, He might perhaps choose to accomplish this purpose without interfering in the free will of voters. I suggested storms and floods that kept voters away from the polls in parts of the country where Remain had a majority.
The rest, as they say, is history. The news reports on the morning after included both apparently unconnected stories, both the weather and the narrow and unexpected victory for Leave in the referendum.
I believe my prayer for freak weather was answered. I was reminded of this event when recently the press gallery of the House of Commons was flooded.
This is not the first time that a freak weather event and a newsworthy event in the country’s history have coincided. I believe the so-called “hurricane” happened the night before a stock market crash. I didn’t pray for that coincidence, but I did pray for this one. I expect somebody prayed for that, and that somebody else prayed for the recent small flood in the House of Commons.
I do realise that theologians are likely to have criticisms as severe of my approach to prayer in this context, as unbelievers are of the fact that I pray at all. But I am telling the truth. I wasn’t trying to be clever. It was a very simple, child-like sort of praying I did. I doubt I am the only one to have prayed along these lines either.
I repeat my prayer. “God, please do something. And, if there is anything you want me to do, please cause me to realise what, and help me to do it. Amen.” Who will join me in that prayer? Who said “Amen” after reading it?
8 responses to “Thank God for the floods”
Thanks for your comments John, I do believe we should be out of this corrupt regime and indeed we should seek the Lords help.
Intellectually, I’m with you now. I wasn’t sure back then, at the time of the Brexit referendum, though. I could see that people were wanting Remain for really good and noble reasons, like “peace” and “harmony”, “subsidiarity” and “free trade”, “standardisation” and so on. Even though my gut feeling was that this naively internationalist mood might end in tears if it prevailed, Meanwhile, I could tell that some who were wanting Leave, which I thought might be a good outcome, wanted that for appallingly bad reasons.
Earlier, in the 1990s, when Gorbachev had just happily imploded one evil empire in the east, I was troubled that John Major wanted to Maastricht and Lisbon us all into a new evil empire in the west. A turning point for me, which brought me back to my senses, was witnessing the dirty tricks of those who wanted to stop Brexit, whom we now discover probably included an infiltrator called Theresa May, a false covert from Remain to Leave, who changed her clothes but not her heart, because she never got the point of Brexit, wanting it for its own glorious sake, as opposed to pretending to be willing grudgingly to “deliver” something that could be mistaken for Brexit, if one forgot to put on one’s glasses. Something that betrayed even the DUP.
Seeing how dirty fight the EU (by which I don’t mean the millions of Europeans more trapped than we are, in their 27 countries) and their Remainist collaborators in the UK, and seeing how low they are willing to stoop to strive to stop Brexit at any cost, even weaponising the Irish border … seeing all this .convinced me that it wouldn’t be good for anybody if Brexit never happened.
Mrs May’s last fortnight U-turn, from her rude, wrong, but at-least credible “my deal or no deal” stance, to her new “my deal or else I sabotage Brexit” stance, is one of the most shocking betrayals of principles once avowed that I have witnessed, in my entire life, within British politics. That is why I emailed my MP yesterday, saying:
I mean it, God help me. I will take Theresa May to court, if she has changed sides, or was always on the wrong side.
Daughter of the manse May, with her links on her web-presence to GW Bush’s “Points of Light” thing which Trump has insulted. The phrase “Thousand Points of Light” is Illuminati jargon. May may just be stupid after all. Let’s hope so. But this weekend, I started to wonder if it was time to stop praying for her, and to start praying for ourselves, and civilians, against her. The least unlikely explanation for her recent behaviour strikes me as deep, undercover treachery. I wish I didn’t have to admit that. It’s a U-turn for me too.
God help us. Amen?
Have you ever considered praying to God that he might wipe your bum for you – or fix your brain?
To pray to God to change reality to conform to your wishful thinking and than to search for coincidences to claim that God justified you by granting your wish is an embarrassment if you claim to have gone past puberty. My will be done is a very pubertarian way of thinking. But there is hope you get over it before the end of time 🙂
I had a brief struggle with my conscience, because of the software. I had to click on a button marked “approve” in order for your comment to appear. I didn’t want to prevent your comment from appearing. But I really don’t approve of it.
I can understand that you don’t approve of your own prayer style as the point of prayer is not to ask God to change reality according to our wishes but to change us according to his wishes. It’s a fairly basic understanding about prayer. To ask God to do us favours is similar to asking Father Christmas for presents. Apparently asking God for favours equals to pray to a jug of milk according to Marshall Brains video on the effectiveness of wishful prayer. And who has to answer to God for what they said or did about brexit remains to be seen. Sure a lot of people would like others to have to answer to them as for being the ultimate authority.
Considering that with a attendance of 75% they would have needed a >60%majority to have a meaningful vote on brexit to establish a statistical certainty of the majority opinion the politicians could as well have tossed a coin- and they knew it. That is why they are still tossing about 🙂
Nor do I approve of Gerhard’s comment. I firmly believe that, despite all talk of free trade, harmony across what the British people were promised was a ‘common market’, the truth was kept hidden and now this nation is paying the price: division amongst friends, amongst the two main parties .. divine prophecy has been issued more than once about this nation’s relationship with the EU. Two of whose principles were adopted – believe if or not – from the Nazi regime.
Thank you John – keep praying.
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