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The Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join him in this global prayer movement between Thursday 25 May and Sunday 4 June 2017.
He is calling on Christians to pray that people might know Jesus Christ.
The hope is that:
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.” Archbishop Justin Welby
How did it begin?
In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost.
This is traditionally a time when the church focuses on prayer, just as the first disciples gathered after they watched Jesus ascend into heaven. It says in Acts 1.14:
“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus…"
The response in May 2016 was astonishing as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.
For 2017 the vision is even greater. The hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches, to name but a few, have all signalled their support.
It's not complicated – the Archbishop’s invitation is simply asking people to pray in whatever way they want, with whoever they want and wherever they can, that others might know Jesus Christ. Anyone can sign up on the national website now and pledge to pray.
Bespoke resources and information will be available from the end of January 2017 via the national website. This will include materials to download on prayer, liturgical resources, Novena booklets, a ‘Kingdom Kit’ helping families pray together, details of prayer events, and tips on organising local events.
Everyone who signs up to ‘Pledge2Pray’ will receive regular email updates as well as inspiration and encouragement about prayer.
The message will be going out via social media and in the months running up to Thursday 25 May using the hashtags #Pledge2Pray and #ThyKingdomCome.