After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.
Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the past three and a half years more and more worshiping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost (21st – 31st May) to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.”Archbishop Justin Welby
We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.
It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the world to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.
Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, this year we will be united by prayer in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, it could be just the initiative that you are looking for.
Join in, along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 178 countries around the world!
There are many ideas different ways to pray and take part. Have a look at the Thy Kingdom Come website https://www.thykingdomcome.global/category-individuals, and you’re bound to find something that suits you. There are prayers and ideas to help you pray for five family members, neighbours or friends from a leather band to a mug reminding you to pray during a break!
By signing up to #Pledge2Pray and making your light shine on the map you can show that you’re joining in the global wave of prayer and inspire others to join in – Click here to follow the link to https://www.thykingdomcome.global/lightuptheworld for more information.
You may also want to download and print off an individual prayer journal, with a daily passage from the Bible, a short reflection, a prayer, and a suggestion for action. There
is also space each day for your own notes. Click here to follow the link to download your Prayer journal https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/prayer-journal-2020-printable-version