From the 25th of May until the 4th of June we at All Saints’ are invited to participate in a global wave of prayer called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Churches across the land will be encouraged to use these days leading up to Pentecost to pray for our churches, our communities, our nation and our world.
The Archbishops are encouraging people to pray, in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ.
At All Saints’ Church we will be hosting a special Prayer Celebration on Sunday 28th May 2017 at 6.30pm when we will be particularly praying for our nation at this crucial time of national elections and Brexit negotiations.
Also we would like to encourage you to pray individually throughout this week and a half. With that in mind we would like you to pledge to pray everyday during this time by signing up on the All Saints’ pledge sheet which will be located in the link corridor or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three main ways we are encouraging people to pray:
1. Praying For Five Friends
Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do. Persistent prayer for others brings transformation to their lives. Consistently praying for others takes discipline, and there are many ways that we can build up habits that will help us to pray for our friends and family. Choose five people you would regularly like to pray for and write their names down onto a list. If you’re not sure who to pray for, ask God to guide you as you choose. Once you have settled on 5 names, commit to praying for them regularly by praying the following:
Loving Father, send Your Holy Spirit so I can share Your love, life and message with (NAME). Reveal Jesus to them, that they might know, follow and love Him, for Your glory – Amen
2. The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven … hallowed be Your name …
Give thanks for who God is and what He gives us.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …
- Pray for God’s love to direct all of our relationships and conversations where we live and work so that many will encounter Jesus.
- Ask for our homes and churches to become places where more people of all ages discover God’s love and mercy.
Give us today our daily bread …
- Pray for those who are vulnerable in the community to be reached by God’s love.
- Ask for God’s provision for all those working to bring in His kingdom in the community.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us …
- Confess for the times when we have not reached out with love; when our hearts have been fearful.
- Ask for new boldness to talk about the difference Jesus has made in our lives.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil …
- Pray for some of the needs of the community.
- Ask God to show you 5 people to pray for so they may encounter Jesus.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours, now and for ever …
- Pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit on His church this Pentecost season.
- Pray that many people will discover the truth about Jesus across our nation.
- Pray for God’s blessing on every church and every household in our community.
3. Prayer Walking
Prayer walking is as simple as it sounds – praying as you walk. When we prayer walk we are stepping into our authority as God’s children to bless people and places in Jesus’ name. This simple task is a great way to bring transformation to your local community by asking God to break in. Here’s how to get started:
Get Prayer Walking
The core of prayer walking is conversing with God; ask Him to show you what He sees; to know His heart for your community. As you prayer walk, be aware of your surroundings … what you see, smell, hear and touch. But also be aware of what God is saying to you as you move around your community; if any Bible verses pop into your head or if you have any pictures, visions or words of knowledge. Turn these natural and supernatural senses into prayer.
Top Tips: Get to know the places and people that make up your community. Find out what the needs are in your local community by speaking to those in your area. Are there problems with unemployment, crime or poverty in your area? This information will inform your prayers. You could this try this in pairs. Go out with a friend or as a LifeGroup. Have a look at the attached pdf for more tips.
If you have any words of knowledge or pictures that you would like to share then you can email to email@example.com. There will also be a space to share prayer stories on Pentecost Sunday!
My hope is that as we pray together and seek God’s kingdom to come there will be a fresh outpouring of His Spirit on our churches in Marple and on our community. I look forward to hearing many of your stories and encourage as many of you as possible to pray.
So I say to you: ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)
Every Blessing in Christ,
Daniel Currie (Vicar)