Thy Kingdom Come
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. Click here to visit http://www.thykingdomcome.global and check out the many ways you can pledge to pray for others to come to know Jesus.
Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do. Persistent prayer for others brings transformation to their lives.
Consistently praying for others takes discipline, and there are many ways that we can build up habits that will help us to pray for our friends and family.
One way we are going to do this, as a church, is to 'Pray for Five Friends'. At the service this Sunday we will have lengths of cord for everyone. Take your piece of cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have commit to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each person on your list of five. You could use the following prayer:
in the face of Jesus Christ
your light and glory have blazed forth.
Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [here, name your friends]
the life of your Son and your love for all.
Strengthen me as a witness to that love
as I pledge to pray for them,
for your name’s sake. Amen.
As we pray 'Thy Kingdom Come' we should expect that God will use us to help answer our prayer. He will give us opportunities to witness to Him with the people we have been praying for. He will use us to invite people to know and experience the goodness of His Kingdom and to join His family. But we also know that most of us find speaking of our faith daunting. We feel ill equipped. We assume someone else, maybe anyone else, is better suited, or we think that sharing faith is someone else’s job. All Christians are appointed as God’s witnesses.
There are also other opportunities to get involved.
St Ninian's Episcopal Church will have a Prayer Labyrinth set up from 10th to 16th May, 2-8pm, and we will be organising Prayer Walks and opportunities to pray together for our community. Check back for further details.