May marks the start of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. It is a global prayer movement in which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join in prayer. This wave of prayer will start on 25th May until 4th June 2017. Archbishop Justin writes about prayer…
“Some days I find that prayer comes easily. On others, it’s a struggle. But I’m always mindful that prayer is not just another thing we do. It’s the breath that sustains us.
“In prayer we can talk with God, be silent with God – or just express our longing for him. Prayer is the first thing God calls us to, before we think or do anything else.
“Prayer is also the place where change begins. The disciples waited and prayed together after Jesus’ ascension. We pray for the same Holy Spirit that filled them on Pentecost to fill us today. And as we wait we pray to be more open to receiving the Holy Spirit – and more capable of showing the grace of God in all that we are and do.
“Between Ascension and Pentecost this year, churches and Christians across England and around the world will be coming together in prayer for more people to know Jesus Christ.”
There are many ways in which you can take part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, praying on your own, with others in church or on our group prayer sessions on Saturday morning at All Saints, Stretton or on Tuesday morning at 9am, rotating round all our churches in the Benefice. There are also plenty of downloadable resources from the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website including a new resource for 2017, a Novena, which is an updated version of an ancient way of praying intentionally for a period of nine days. You can download a copy direct from the website.
However you choose to pray, my prayer for you is that you find some quality time to spend with God in a way that helps you.
As always, if there is anything I can do to help or support you then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Love and prayers,