Praying for God's kingdom to come
Rachel Farmer writes:
'Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done’ …these familiar words will hold many different memories and feelings for each of us.
I’m reminded of sitting cross-legged on the wooden floor of the biggest classroom in my Church of England Primary school in Kent. We would all chant the prayer together and most of the time I didn’t give the meaning much thought.
Over the past few months while I’ve been working with the organising team for Thy Kingdom Come – the global wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost – the words have taken on new significance.
When we pray Thy Kingdom Come, what do we mean and what are we asking for? Of course it has many meanings. Talking about it in the context of the wave of prayer the Archbishop of Canterbury said, “It’s impossible to exaggerate the life transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer…It’s famous enough to be spoken by billions in thousands of languages and yet it’s intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ.” When we ask for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done, I believe we can expect things to happen… and not just ordinary things. Transformation is pretty much guaranteed.
That’s why the team at Thy Kingdom Come are calling on people to pledge2pray. But they don’t want people to leave it there with a quick prayer. The call is to pray together and to pray specifically for people we know to hear God calling to them.
There are quite a few people living in the two roads around me who don’t know Jesus Christ. But I know at least one of them is searching, because she told me, and I know two others who have questions. My prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come will be for these three women to come to faith in Jesus Christ. And I’ll also pray that I am able to be part of that. It’s a big prayer and I don’t know when or how it will be answered. I’m also going to pray for the Holy Spirit to give me the confidence to speak to them about God, at the right time and in the right way.
Prayer isn’t all about asking for things and in that way Thy Kingdom Come isn’t just about prayer in general. But it is about a specific prayer – prayers that ask for miracles of faith and extra special power in sharing the life-transforming love of God.
“When the day of Pentecost came they were all together in one place… all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:1-4)
What might happen if churches across the United Kingdom and in other countries around the world, came together as one and prayed for God’s kingdom to come and for the Holy Spirit to help them be His witnesses? It’s an amazing thought.
Will you and your church be part of this global wave of prayer? Will you commit to pray for people you know to come to know Jesus Christ and for the church to grow?
Prayer starts with you and with me - it’s personal. I believe God wants to get personal with each of us and I’m excited about what will happen this year as we join together to pray between 25 May and 4 June.
To find out more about Thy Kingdom Come and how you, your family and your church can take part see: https://www.thykingdomcome.global (Also see the news section on this site for all the resources available to support prayer wherever you are).
Rachel Farmer is a writer and communication specialist working part-time with ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Her first book ‘I married a Soldier’ is published this summer with Lion-Hudson. She blogs https://rachelreay.wordpress.com about life as an army wife.