The Prime Minister has thanked Christians who prayed for him while he was hospitalised with coronavirus earlier this year.
Boris Johnson was speaking at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, which was broadcast live from the Houses of Parliament.
The annual event is organised by the cross-party group, Christians in Parliament. It exists to recognise the contribution that Christianity makes to the national life of the UK.
This year’s breakfast included a pre-recorded message from Mr Johnson. Speaking while churches were still in lockdown he said, ‘Right now, with services suspended, congregations scattered, even the simple act of coming together to pray can be another hurdle to overcome.
‘And while work goes on to reopen places of worship safely, it’s been absolutely inspiring to see churches respond to the lockdown, as they have, with true Christian values.
‘They have reminded us all of their role as pillars of their communities, reaching out to bring hope, peace, and practical care to those in need.
‘Thank you so much for that and thank you also to everyone who prayed for me during my recent illness, it really was appreciated. It certainly seems to have worked!
‘This has been a difficult time for many. But as ever, our churches are helping to show us the way, so keep up the good work.’
The Prime Minister was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in April after contracting the coronavirus and later transferred into intensive care.
One of the senior intensive care consultants in the hospital, Dr Duncan Wyncoll, is an evangelical believer and a deacon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London.
After Boris Johnson had been released from hospital, he posted a video message recording his sincere thanks to all the NHS staff who had cared for him.