‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a global ecumenical prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. It takes place each year for 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost, which this year is 18th-28th May 2023.
Activities range from large scale events to private prayer time and since this is the first year that I am trying to organise something in Rhossili, I thought that it would be good to keep it simple.
What are you proposing?
I’d like you to consider praying 555 for the duration of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in the privacy of your own home or wherever you happen to be.
God’s love has always been for the whole world and His plan was always to offer salvation to all. Each day during ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we are asking you to take:
- 5 minutes (that’s only 1 minute per person)
- at 5pm (or whatever time works best for you)
- and to pray for 5 people that you know;
that they would each receive and experience the blessings of God in a deeper way. That He would protect them, guide them and shine through them. You can pray for the same 5 people or vary it to 5 different people each day depending upon what you sense the Spirit is saying. Here are some ideas for what to pray for:
- That they would come to know Jesus in a more profound way.
- That they would have their spirits lifted by the presence of God in their life.
- That their ears would be open to the voice of the Holy Spirit today.
- That they would be encouraged in their faith journey.
- That others might see Jesus through them.
Finally, finish by using Numbers 6:24-26 as a prayer for each person that you are praying for, inserting their name at the beginning.
e.g. if I was praying for my friend Adam, I’d say
“Adam, I pray that the Lord will bless you and protect you and that He will show you mercy and kindness. May the Lord be good to you and give you peace. Amen.” Numbers 6:24-26
Even if there are only a few of us, together we can pray for a large number of people over 11 days and I’m sure that we all have people that we’d like to pray for. If you’re going to take part, please let me know on 390339.
“I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit”.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury