Remembering the Queen
Praying through the Funeral
Over the last week I’ve heard more statistics about the Queen, her reign, and her impact than I can comprehend. Each of them in their own way sought to tell a story of her life, but none, not even all of them in their totality can fully sum up what we all know.
Queen Elizabeth II was an extraordinary woman, and a servant of an even more extraordinary God—the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
As we sit today to watch the funeral, and to celebrate the Queen’s life, we have much to be thankful for. Over the past few weeks at events up and down the country, and today throughout the service, the name of our Lord will be spoken, worshipped, and proclaimed. For many, this will be the first time they have ever heard such worship, and that is testament to the Queen’s own faith. Throughout her reign, she pointed consistently to the reign of her King, and in death not only can we be sure that she is presently worshipping the Lord in heaven, but that her legacy on earth continues to do the same.
Dwelling upon that, why not pray right now that the impact of today, though laced with mourning, would also bring many to see God’s glory for the first time.
To help in this, here’s a prayer inspired by Psalm 145:
My God and King, bless your name forever and ever.
As we as a nation mourn the loss of our Queen, let us in the same breath bless you and praise your name again today and forever.
Great are Lord, and greatly to be praised, your greatness is unsearchable. As the Queen commended your works and declared your mighty acts, may we see the same in our lives, and the lives of the many mourning today. As we hear of the glorious splendour of your majesty, and your wondrous works, I pray we would all meditate on the gospel of Christ which the Queen relied upon and held dear.
As we hear of the might of your awesome deeds, let many declare your greatness for the very first time. Would that they pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and sing aloud of your righteousness today and forevermore.
Inspired by Psalm 145
I am remembering the Queen in this way for us because I truly believe that if she were here, this would be her wish. At Faith in Later Life, we love to see the blossoming of new faith, as well as the steadfast faith which comes from a life lived for the glory of God.
During our conference on Saturday, as well as throughout many meetings and training sessions here at Faith in Later Life, we’ve had to wrestle with the fact that honour is a gift rarely bestowed in our culture upon those in the Second half of Life. Today feels like a turning point. As billions around the world turn their eyes upon Westminster today, we celebrate and honour the long life of a wise and Godly woman. In addition, throughout the past week as hundreds of thousands have made their way honour the Queen lying in state, interview after interview has spoken of lost and present family members, opportunities lost, as well as a feeling of a loss of a family member.
We’d love to pray that today the hearts of those remembering the Queen would also go on from today with a renewed sense of honour towards older relatives, colleagues, friends, strangers, and Church members.
Would you pray with us that hearts would be affected today:
Lord, we believe it when the Bible tells us that grey hair is a crown of Glory, but we lament that many have been blinded to it.
As we celebrate the Queen today, together with every generation, would you do a work of change in the hearts of our nation and even our Churches. Would the prejudice committed against those in the Second half both domestically and abroad come to an end, and just as world leaders the world over have recognised the wisdom of the Queen, would the wisdom of the older generations be heard in the hearts of our Churches an families once more.
We believe that you can do this Lord,
In your mighty name we pray.
Continue to Pray
As we continue to mourn together, we would love to hear your own hearts and prayers, so please do share those with us.
Grace and Peace,
Adsum Try Ravenhill,
Ministry Support Executive