Thy Kingdom Come
For the last four years during the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ time of prayer from Ascension to Pentecost, we have been invited to discover new habits and ways of praying to God, as well as pray for 5 people that we know, to come to know Jesus for themselves.
If we had not all been in ‘lockdown’ then we would have been doing some of these things altogether – but in order to stay safe – this year we are doing things a little differently and so to help us here are some things directly from the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website that we would like to recommend to help you in your praying as individuals, couples and as a family.
In these last few weeks, it has been heartening to see just how many people have shown love and kindness, serving and loving the most vulnerable, during this unprecedented time. As a result, there is a new strand to this year’s ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. As we pray for those we know and love to become followers of Jesus, we are also considering how we can also demonstrate this love in action (keeping within social distancing guidelines of course).
Now, more than perhaps ever before, we have an incredible opportunity as the Church worldwide, to unite in prayer so that our family, friends, and neighbours will come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ for themselves. So this year as we are praying for those 5 we care about, to come to know the hope and love of Christ, we are also being encouraged to see how we can show God’s love towards them, by caring for them. Here are 5 ideas on how we can care for and love those we know, even when we are socially distanced:
- Make a phone call, send an email, letter or card letting them know that you are praying for them at this time.
- Keep an eye out for the anniversaries of life events – send a card or phone them to let them know you care.
- Send a small gift or book, maybe some special words or note a bible verse etc.
- Serve where you can by delivering groceries or medications.
- Make sure the people you pray for know how much you value them by whatever means you can find.
There are several ways in which we can join in with everyone else in prayer:
There is a Prayer journal which can be downloaded here for you to use very day: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/sites/default/files/2020-04/Prayer%20Journal%202020%20C19V.pdf
Or you might use the Prayer Novena – nine days of prayer which can be downloaded here: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/sites/default/files/2020-05/14886_DofCanterbury_Novena%20%28TKC%29_web.pdf
But especially for families there is the Family Prayer Adventure Map – if you go to this page you will find all you need there:
There are podcasts too, to help you with a story some interactive prayer and other exciting things.
Or you might want to use a Kingdom Kit: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/kingdom-kit
As we all spend time in prayer over these next few days from Ascension to Pentecost let’s remember that we are part of a worldwide praying community.
And finally… have a look here for an amazing hymn: https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/thy-kingdom-come-hymn-2020 Thy Kingdom Come, Lord teach us how to pray.