Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, jointly hold the Church of England presidency and are responsible to HM Queen Elizabeth. The Archbishops also sit in the House of Lords with the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester as ex-officio members.
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In the Bible, there are many instances where kings of the land and the priest and prophets of the day related and communicated with each other. Sometimes these relationships were antagonistic with the king going against God’s law. At other times they communicated well together such as King Artaxerxes with Ezra the priest. Read Ezra chapter 7 in the Bible.
‘This Ezra was a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given to the people of Israel. He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, and the king gave him everything he asked for because the gracious hand of the Lord his God was on him’. Ezra 7:6
‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need’. Matthew 6:33
I pray that the working relationship between HM The Queen as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and the two Archbishops would be exceptional. May the hand of the Lord be upon the Archbishops of the Church of England, and HM The Queen. Furnish them with all knowledge and understanding for their life and work. I ask that because of their excellent working relationship, our nation would see great things happen in the country as they seek Your kingdom first.
Considering the leadership responsibility of the Archbishops and Her Majesty is great, I pray that they would communicate effectively together on crucial matters. Give them Your heart, O God, on developing changes in the nation; eyes to see what you want them to highlight and make known to all. Endow them all with Your discernment to know how to inform, and provide avenues to discuss and implement that which is prayerfully considered as the best way forward for the Church of England.
Thank you for the way the Archbishops encourage unity in the nation and seek to understand deeply the people they serve. Give them the courage to face difficult decisions in our nation. As they pray, watch and listen to matters in the House of Lords, give them Your ears and eyes to serve the members of The House of Lords.
In Jesus’ name,