Queen Elizabeth II has written about her religious faith in a foreword to a new book.
In the comments released Sunday she said she is grateful to the British public for praying on her behalf and said she has felt God’s faithfulness during her lifetime
Three Christian charities – HOPE, LICC and the Bible Society – came together to publish ‘The Servant Queen, and the King She Serves’, which provides rare insights into the Queen’s relationship with God and how it’s affected the other aspects of her life.
A special 12-page version for schools has also been published by Scripture Union.
The Queen wrote the foreword herself, saying: “I have been – and remain – very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love,” Queen Elizabeth wrote. “I have indeed seen his faithfulness.”
In the foreword, she also refers to problems in the Middle East, saying the world is seeing suffering on an unprecedented scale.
The book will not be used for commercial gain, a condition that had to be met in order for the Queen to agree to write the foreward.
Catherine Butcher from HOPE is co-author of The Servant Queen, and told Premier: “She’s very clear about her faith.”
“She’s very affirming of other faiths but she’s quite clear that she is a Christian, and at HOPE we’ve been encouraging people to put their faith into words.”
“So to have a monarch who talks openly about Jesus in a very relaxed and natural way, we find that a huge encouragement and hope that Christians across the country will take a leaf out of The Queen’s book and learn to talk about Jesus in a natural way with friends, relatives and colleagues, so people can discover more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus,” co-author Catherine Butcher, from HOPE, told Premier.org.