Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray in the week before Pentecost from 8th - 15th May for the bringing of the Good News of Christ to our nation.
In their letter to churches the Archbishops said:
“At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus himself taught us – ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’ It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory.”
The Archbishops’ hope is:
- for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ
- for all of us to have confidence to share the Gospel
- for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God’s Kingdom from day to day
We are proposing that the main thrust for our time of prayer would be:
1. Novena Prayer: Praying each day from Friday 5th May through to Saturday 11th May using the Novena prayer booklets. We will buy some A6 copies, print out some A5s and post a copy on our website. A Novena is an ancient devotion that consists of 9 days of prayer. Novenas are often prayed in preparation for a feast day or for a specific intention.
2. Prayer around the clock: Have a chart for people to sign up for praying during that hour. The Chart at the back of church will have hour slots. Select as many as you like between 6am and 10pm. You might just manage to pray for 5minutes in the hour or for the whole hour. Could be the time you pray your Novena Prayer
3. Pray the Lord’s Prayer: at 12 midday each day
4. Prayer stations in the children’s chapel to help us pray
What exactly are we praying for?
- For people in our local area or in streets in our parish; see our prayer diary, to know more of God’s love and peace in their lives, home and work
- For 5 people who don’t yet know the love of their Father God through Jesus Christ
- For God’s righteousness and wisdom to come in the corridors of power of Government and local Government and in businesses
- For God’s Kingdom to come in the troubled areas of the world
- For ourselves that we might know the pearl of the presence of God in our lives and express it in all our ways.
The Novena prayer booklet to help us pray through the week can be found as a 1.4Mb pdf below. The beautiful paintings are by Revd Alan Boulter. The Novena prayer booklet can also be found as a 10Mb pdf on the thykingdomcome website here.
For more information about national initiatives see www.thykingdom.co.uk