The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, offers his thoughts on this year’s Thy Kingdom Come global wave of prayer.
For 11 days across the UK, and in over a hundred countries from Bangladesh to South Africa, we came together in prayer for the third year of this movement we call Thy Kingdom Come.
We asked God to pour out his Holy Spirit on his united people – to empower us to share the revolutionary love of Jesus Christ with our friends, our families, our communities and our nations.
I’ve heard so many wonderful stories – from churches holding 24-7 prayer for the first time, to cathedrals packed with joyful crowds, to people giving their lives to Jesus after being prayed for the Thy Kingdom Come community.
And of course, what an incredible blessing it was to hear Bishop Michael Curry share the good news of Jesus with a global audience of millions in his Royal wedding sermon – before joining us for a Thy Kingdom Come event at St Albans Cathedral.
I’m filled with joy at how God is working so powerfully through this global movement of prayer. This year, it really started to feel like it was all of us. Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Methodists, Pentecostals . . . joining together in this one clear and joyful cry out to God: send your Holy Spirit that we might share Christ’s love!
When we are united in prayer, it’s a clear sign of the Kingdom.
Another sign of the Kingdom is the compassion that is firing up the Church. That means loving and caring for the poor and struggling – and for each other. Jesus calls us to be part of a revolution of love. In our prayers, we are being drawn into the very heart of that revolution.
I’m more excited by Thy Kingdom Come than anything I can remember for many, many years. Praise be to God!