In 2016 the Archbishops of York and Canterbury invited us to take part in a prayer initiative called Thy Kingdom Come during the time between Ascension and Pentecost. The aim was to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. The prayer initiative continues and is now an international and ecumenical call to prayer. The organisers hope that ‘during the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, everyone who participates will deepen their friendship with Jesus, bring other to know Jesus or know him better, and come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer.’
In the Beaminster Team we know first hand the power of prayer. Everything new that we have set up over the last six years has been discerned, begun, and sustained through prayer. Prayer is about listening to God and seeking his vision for our life together. We have noticed that when we make prayer a priority then we find it easier to tune into what God is leading us to do. When we don’t pray as much then we felt less sure we were doing the right thing. Prayer enables us to flourish; both as individuals and as communities of faith.
As people of faith we want others to know the same joy and fullness of life with God that we experience. Praying for people to come to know God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit is at the heart of our calling as disciples. God hears our prayer. We know that new people have come to Messy Church, to Walk in Wednesday, to be confirmed and baptised. New people are involved in Sunday worship. New people belong to the Community of the Annunciation. I know that people have returned to God or have come to know him for the first time or have drawn deeper into relationship with him through the prayer and activities of the Beaminster Team. God is at work here and we pray that we will see more growth, more commitment and increased flourishing.
You can be involved by committing to pray for people to come to know Jesus Christ. Pray at home or together in church. Perhaps think of five friends who you would like to pray for everyday during Thy Kingdom Come? You can join us between 10th and 20th May at worship, prayer events and at our beacon event on Sunday 20th May, 2-5pm at St Mary’s Beaminster where we will be offering a Pentecost Fun afternoon including games, activities, worship, prayer, BBQ, and hopefully a bouncy castle in church.
You can read more about Thy Kingdom Come on its taking part web page and stay tuned here on our site for more information about the forthcoming events. You can also follow Thy Kingdom Come on Twitter.
Heavenly Father, we pray that your Kingdom will come and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen
With every blessing, Jo