Thoughts for the month
‘Thy Kingdom Come’
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray. Started in 2016 by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York it has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on God’s gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing. Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray and ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up on that tradition.
People pray in many different ways, some formally through using books (Liturgy) others informally, chatting to God. Whatever we do, we are all encouraged to use this time to pray for those we know and love who don’t yet know they are loved by God through Jesus Christ. The 11 days between Ascension Day (May 30th) and Pentecost (June 9th) can be used by all of us to take up the challenge set by the Archbishops.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.”
Acts 1, 2
Even if we’re not used to praying very often let’s be encouraged to give it a try over these eleven days.