Two years ago the Archbishops of Canterbury and York launched a prayer initiative for the Church of England, called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. The website (thykingdomcome.global) says:
‘Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.’
The focus from the start was on Christians growing in confidence in sharing their faith, and on asking God to bring more people to know him through Jesus Christ. Below is a moving short piece by Archbishop Justin about his own conversion and the people who prayed for him and helped him come to know Christ.
This year the dates are 10th to 20th May. The resources encourage us all to write down the names of five people we know, whom we want to pray for. People who are not yet churchgoers, not yet Christians, not yet followers of Jesus. Could you pray for five people for ten days? Surely we all can. Here’s the sort of prayer you could pray:
‘Lord Jesus, thank you for your love for me, and for all the people who have helped me to know that love. Please help V,W,X,Y and Z to know your love too. Make yourself known to them, and help them to turn to you and trust you for now and always. And if you want me to talk to them about you, or if you want me to invite them to church, please help me to do that. Amen.’
On Sunday 20th May (Pentecost) our services and sermons will be particularly intended for guests and newcomers – so perhaps you could bring one or two of those friends or family members along – or bring anyone, including yourself!
When he first became a Christian, Archbishop Justin was given a bible with this verse written in the front: ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you’ (John 15:16). What a great encouragement to us, as we pray for others to be chosen, appointed, and fruitful for Jesus.
With my best wishes – James.