For every Christian, praying for friends and family can be nerve-wracking. Sometimes we worry that it will be unwanted or perhaps even nosy, if you told them or if they found out. It can feel especially tough if the people you pray for don’t believe in God or aren’t Christians themselves, as in our culture we often feel like we should keep our Christian and secular lives separate. But that’s just what the Church of England has been asking Christians to change – around the world, no matter their creed or tradition – through an event called Thy Kingdom Come.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, calling on Christians to pray for others to experience the love of God and perhaps even come to faith.
The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, and The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, first launched the movement in 2016. Since then, it has grown into an international call to prayer for every denomination. Justin Welby says, ‘People today pray formally and informally in different circumstances. People are bought up as Christians in some settings that pray very informally and others always use a book.’
‘Thy Kingdom Come has prepared through the Church of England a wonderful little booklet of services and other prayers to use during the ten days of Thy Kingdom Come this year. The thing about those ten days is to pray for those you know and love, who don’t know they are loved by God through Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter whether you pray formally or informally. Just pray.’
Here at CAP, we’ve seen the power of God’s love in the work we do and it’s always exciting when another person discovers it too. So, although we help clients of all faiths and none, Thy Kingdom Come is something we can get behind.
Praying might help the people you love to come to church and come to know Jesus. It might help them to know that you’re thinking about them. It might help you to be mindful of what’s going on in the lives of those you care about. It might even inspire you to become a better friend by showing God’s love, whether you tell your friend you’re praying for them or not. As often is the case with prayer, it might be a source of great change in your life. You’ll never know if you don’t give it a go!
Thy Kingdom Come is happening from Ascension Day (30 May) to Pentecost (9 June). You can join in individually or as a church by going to the website here, where you’ll find lots of information, as well as plenty of resources and videos you can use.