Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus.
Since its start in May 2016, just three and a half years ago, God has grown Thy Kingdom Come from a dream of possibility into a movement. In 2019 Christians from 172 countries took part in praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’, so that friends and family, neighbours and colleagues might come to faith in Jesus Christ.
This praying together has been across our diversity and differences as every person, household and church are encouraged to pray in their own way. Whilst an astonishing 92% of people said they were praying for family and friends to come to faith in Jesus, and 40% of those taking part in 2019 did so for the first time, we recognise there is much more we can do together to help Thy Kingdom Come be fully in the lifeblood of the Church.
During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, which begin on Thursday 21 May - Ascension Day until the day of Pentecost – Sunday 31 May, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the past three and a half years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.
We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge. The effects have been remarkable.
It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, each and every Christian across the country is invited to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call.
Whether you have joined in Thy Kingdom Come before or not, please take part this year – along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 178 countries around the world.
As Archbishop Justin Welby says, 'In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.'
I would suggest that there has never been a more appropriate or urgent time to pray for our families, friends and communities. We won’t be able to meet in our churches or go on gathered prayer walks during this time of lockdown, but we can all pray. I hope that many will still have and be able to find the Thy King Come Common Worship Prayer books that were given to everyone in our churches last year. Please use them during this time. They list suggested readings and prayers during this time. There are different readings for years A, B and C. This year we are following the readings for Year A. (see pages 38 and 39 of the booklet.
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.
And remember: 'In praying Thy Kingdom Come we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.'