Thy Kingdom Come (TKC) is the prayer novena running from Ascension Day (10 May) to Pentecost Sunday (20 May). Its focus is to encourage Christians around the world to pray for the increase of God’s kingdom. That means you and I praying for more people to come to know Jesus.
How can we play our part? Some ideas!
Pray for 5 – Pledge2Pray
The call is to pledge to pray for five people to meet Jesus. It’s a call we can all relate to as we think about friends and family who haven’t yet had that encounter. Go to www.thykingdomcome.global and click on ‘Pledge2Pray’ to sign up and join this worldwide prayer.
We’ll mark the start of the novena with a service of worship and reflection at 7pm on Ascension Day.
The culmination of TKC will be the Cathedral Beacon event at Winchester Cathedral at 7.30pm on Pentecost Sunday. (See notices for details of tickets.)
Try something different
Join with many Christians who have already been encouraged to set our alarms for midday and pray the Lord’s Prayer (e.g see 24-7 Prayer UK’s Breathe Sessions www.instagram.com/247prayergb/). Wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we can pray this special prayer and know that we are uniting with others across the country. Could be the start of a good habit!
Get hold of prayer resouces for TKC from www.thykingdomcome.global. You can find prayer journals, and all sorts of prayers for all ages – all downloadable for free.
Read a book about prayer for fresh inspiration. How about ‘Too Busy Not to Pray’ by Bill Hybels, or ‘Dirty Glory’ by Pete Greig?
Use the prayer space in church if you are able to drop in during the working week. When the Link is open, the church is open, so come on in.
Make a fresh commitment to regularly attend Priority 1 where we unite in prayer for God’s kingdom. (Next one is on Monday 30 April at 7pm.)
Encourage one another
‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Join a home group where there’s time, space, and opportunity to be prayed for and to pray for others. See Laura Simpkins if you would like to find out more.
Let’s talk about prayer – who we’re praying for, our prayer needs, our struggles and successes with prayer, God’s answers, and how prayer changes us.
Check out websites like Just Pray! (where you can post a prayer need), 24-7 Prayer UK, Thy Kingdom Come, or follow them on social media for inspirational encouragement.
There’s a saying that: ‘If you change nothing, nothing will change.’ Perhaps this is a time for each of us to consider changes in our prayer lives.
Clare Shearing, Communications Officer