The ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. We remember that Jesus has ascended into heaven but we are still waiting to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. In recent years this has taken on a global wave of prayer known as “Thy Kingdom Come”. Usually there would have been big services of worship around the world, praying that God’s Kingdom might come here and now. Of course, with COVID-19 things are somewhat different to normal.
But still we pray “Thy Kingdom Come”, and there are some resources which might help you to pray this prayer.
Here are some ways to take part – please do take a look and see which work best for you.
A prayer journal has been produced full of reflections, bible readings, and prayers, as well as an “action” section with ideas of how to care for those you are praying for. It can be downloaded by clicking here
Journey with Mary
Journey with Our Lade from Ascension to Pentecost as we pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It can be downloaded by clicking here
Prayer, and Care & Pray for 5
Pray for 5 people to come to know the love of Christ, is at the heart of Thy Kingdom Come.
During these difficult and trying times, now more than ever, presents an incredible opportunity for the Church worldwide, to unite in prayer so that our family, friends and neighbours will come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ for themselves. One of our Key themes for Thy Kingdom Come is prayer and care. As we are praying for those we love to come to know the hope and love of Christ we also are encouraging all to see how they can show God’s love towards them. By caring for them. Here are 5 ideas on how we can care and love those we know, even when we are socially distanced:
- Keep up contact. Make a phone call, send an email, letter or card saying that you are praying for them at this time.
- Keep an eye out for the anniversaries of life events. Make that phone call to let people know you care.
- Send a small gift or book purchased on line, maybe insert life words etc.
- Serve where you can in delivering groceries or medications.
- Make sure the people you pray for know how much you value them by whatever means you can find.
Here are some daily prayer ideas to help you as you pray for your 5:
ASCENSION DAY Jesus
Pray for your 5 friends to encounter Jesus in all his grace, challenge and love, that they might say with St Paul, ‘For me, to live is Christ’.
FRIDAY AFTER ASCENSION Praise
Pray for your 5 to be woken up to all that they have already received from God in their lives, and all that he offers them in Christ, that they might praise him.
SATURDAY AFTER ASCENSION Thanks
Pray for your 5 to recognise the goodness of God in their lives, that they would turn to God in gratitude and trust.
SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION Sorry
Pray for your 5 to be led by the Holy Spirit to understand the cost of God’s love for them in Christ, that this great sacrifice would lead them to repentance.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring an understanding of life in all its fullness that will be theirs as your 5 put everything they have at the disposal of God.
TUESDAY Pray for
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of your 5 now, as you pray for specific things that you know they face.
Pray for your 5 that they would know that they never have to face anything alone, but that in their need they would call on God for help.
For the eyes of your 5 to be opened to all that Jesus offers them and that they would turn their faces to him and enjoy the warmth of his love.
Pray for yourself and those others the Lord sends to help show your 5 their route home to God, that they would know the loving father running to greet them.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to put on your heart the desires of heaven for your 5.
THE DAY OF PENTECOST Thy Kingdom Come
Pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’ for your 5 friends, that they may joyfully enter the Kingdom of God and find themselves used by God to pray and act ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.