‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is the title of a special time of prayer to which we and all churches are invited by our Archbishop Justin Welby. He’s encouraging all Christians to pray specifically for people we know to become Christians and to especially do this between Ascension Day, 10th May and Pentecost, 20th May.
At All Saints’ we’ll have the chance to begin to pray for family members and friends whom we long to see becoming Christians by coming to our Church Prayer Meeting at 6.30pm on Sunday 6thMay . There are also great resources for individuals, churches and families at the website www.thykingdomcome.global.
Though it’s always great to see new people coming to church services, what we really need to pray is for people to enter the kingdom, that is that people will become Christians, making a heart commitment to follow Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. Many of us who did the Alpha course recently were encouraged and enthused by hearing again the good news of the gospel. Some of us recommitted our lives to Jesus while, wonderfully, others asked Jesus into their lives by his Holy Spirit for the first time.
Jesus asks us to be passionate about helping people of all ages to start following him and then to grow as his disciples, that’s why Archbishop Justin has begun this prayer season of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. We need to take Jesus seriously when he says: ‘Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are already ripe for harvest’.
Let’s lift our eyes from our own pre-occupations and look to Jesus and the harvest that he calls us to work for . . . and there’s no need to wait until the Church Prayer Meeting or the ten days of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ to start praying for friends or family to come to know Jesus.
Here’s one of the Thy Kingdom Come prayers we can use to ask God to help us see the importance of working for his Kingdom and helping others to enter it too.
Oh God of the new day,
Your Son Jesus knew what it meant to watch and wait through the dark silence of the longest night.
Teach us how to wait with heaven’s indrawn breath on tiptoe with anticipation, until all of our being reaches towards you, all our desire is for you, and all our onward movement is for your Kingdom coming. Amen.
Yours in Christ,