A number of representatives from the Free Church of Scotland attended the National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland in Edinburgh this morning.
Prof. Rev. Dr Bob Akroyd, Free Church of Scotland Moderator, led a prayer at the event. Also in attendance were Andrew Giffen, CEO of the Free Church of Scotland, Stephen Allison, Public Engagement Co-ordinator, and Jamie Gillies, member of the Public Engagement Group.
The Prayer Breakfast is held for MSPs and other national leaders. This year there was a host of politicians, including First Minister of Scotland Humza Yousaf and MSP Kate Forbes. They joined hundreds of guests at the event at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh.
During the event, a number of guest contributors, including Bob, spoke about the theme of Resilience.
Bob prayed for the value of the local church and that there would be a healthy gospel church in every community in Scotland, and he prayed for the impact of the gospel.
“We pray that your church would warmly and winsomely proclaim the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. May we boldly say with Paul, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.’ We pray that many will hear the gospel. We pray that those who hear the gospel will believe in Jesus. We thank you that Jesus Christ continues to seek and save the lost.”
Guests heard from Nicky Gumbel, who has been the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton church in London and is the developer of the Alpha Programme. He spoke about the need for vision, love, relationships and empowerment – giving Jesus as an example.
Lorna MacDonald from BBC interviewed Terry McCuthcheon from Hope for Scotland. Terry shared his testimony of a life transformed by Jesus from drug addiction to serving the people of Glasgow with the good news of Jesus.
Singer Susan Boyle also took part in the event. Organisers say that she has agreed to waive her performance fee for her contribution to the event. A donation in lieu will be made to the Strathcarron Hospice, which is Susan’s nominated charity.