National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland

An annual prayer breakfast for Scotland was held today. Moderator, Callum Macleod, & the chair of the Public Engagement Group, Stephen Allison, hosted a table which included Alasdair Allan, MSP for the Western Isles, staff members for other MSPs & representatives from the Free Church of Scotland.

By Bob Akroyd

I was delighted to attend the annual prayer breakfast for Scotland this morning. Our Moderator, Callum Macleod, and the chair of our Public Engagement Group, Stephen Allison, hosted a table which included Alasdair Allan, MSP for the Western Isles, staff members for other MSPs and representatives from the Free Church of Scotland.

400 people gathered for 7am and were expertly served a delicious breakfast by the staff at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. There was a Bible reading from the First Minister of Scotland along with prayers from leaders in government, law, medicine, and the church.

The highlight for me was the keynote address from Dr Amy Orr-Ewing. The theme of the conference was relationships and Amy had four points which engaged the mind and warmed the heart.

  • Words matter
  • Goodness matters
  • People matter
  • Redemption matters

Why does anything matter and why does anyone matter?  We are all image-bearers of God. We are created by him and for him and all human beings share this position of dignity and honour. If we grasp this truth that we are all divine image-bearers, all of our relationships will be radically transformed.

Amy quoted Voltaire, Jonathan Haidt and Dorothy Sayers but the standout quotation was from John Knox – one who is not generally quoted at a large breakfast gathering and certainly not quoted favourably! Reflecting on life, Knox said, “When I think of those who have influenced my life the most, I think not of the great but of the good.”

Regarding redemption, failure is inevitable. If there is redemption, forgiveness is possible. True redemption does not minimise human suffering or diminish human guilt but neither does it dehumanise the victim or the guilty.  Injustice is wrong and suffering does hurt. Forgiveness is not moral weakness.  Redemption is found in a person and at a place. The person is Jesus, and the place is the cross.

Please pray for the 400 guests who heard this powerful message of redemption rooted in Jesus. May they find that their hope is rooted in the most important of all relationships: our relationship with God which is based on our relationship with his son Jesus Christ.

May God Bless you in your own sphere of service.

Catch-up on the prayer breakfast here.