Friday, 26 May 2017

Thy Kingdom Come ...

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ …

Do you pray this one? Pete Greig (24-7 prayer) highlights Frederick Buecher’s words ‘go where your best prayers take you’.
Along with a few thousand other people, I thanked God for the present Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, speaking at Spring Harvest in Minehead this year. As Baptist Christians we are grateful for an unashamedly evangelical Archbishop who speaks our language, albeit with a posher accent than I hear in most Baptist Churches! I want to encourage everyone to engage with the Thy Kingdom Come initiative Justin Welby has spearheaded. Anything which begins with it’s pledge to pray #ToJesus is surely right in the ball park for everyone part of our seventy-two network.  For any Baptists with a sensitive disposition, can I remind you our own Lyn Green has also called us to prayer via her Beacons of Prayer initiative.

The sharp focus of Thy Kingdom Come is praying for those not yet Christians to come into a living relationship with Jesus.

Prayer changes things and when we gather in the name of Jesus we are together in the presence of the one true living God. I’m sure we all need regularly reminding of Jesus’ words: ‘all things are possible with God’ (Mark 10:27). Praying with others does that for me.

If there’s a Thy Kingdom Come prayer event near you, try and get along.

If the church you’re a part of is not planning a focused prayer event why not
ask people to join you?

If you’re church does call everyone to prayer, why not invite the other Baptist Churches nearby?

Do please join in praying the 11 Prayers of Thy Kingdom Come:

    25 May #ToJesus
    26 May #Praise
    27 May #Thanks
    28 May #Sorry
    29 May #Offer
    30 May #PrayFor
    31 May #Help
    1 June #Adore
    2 June #Celebrate
    3 June #Silence
    4 June #ThyKingdomCome

I realise it’s not down to us, but let’s ensure we’re not simply observer’s of God moving in the UK in spite of us.

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