Do you sense it? One of the unexpected side effects of this time of pandemic is a renewed curiosity and openness towards God. We see it in the numbers of people viewing our worship services and interacting with our Facebook posts (recently our weekend services reached over a thousand people!).
This year we are joining with millions of Christians around the world to pray for God’s Spirit to work in the hearts and lives of people who don’t know Jesus, so that they might encounter His love and peace and come to follow Him and give their lives in service to His Kingdom. This is a special time of prayer over the 11 days between Ascension Day and Pentecost (May 21- May 31). This is called “Thy Kingdom Come”—we pray every week (or every time we wash our hands) for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, this is a way to focus on that prayer in some concrete ways.
We are encouraging everyone to Pray for 5 Friends Each Day. Click here for some suggestions about how to do this. I love the “BLESS” acrostic as a way to pray for a person’s whole self. Pray for 5 Friends Each Day
(then on a new line) You can also use this prayer journal as an aid throughout the 11 days. Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Journal
Consider downloading the Thy Kingdom Come Apple App or Thy Kingdom Come Google App for your phone—it has resources and reminders to help you pray each day, including a short video, Bible reading, reflection, and more!
Families! Check out the Family Adventure Prayer Map (and the augmented reality app you can use to play games as you pray!)
All of us have friends and loved ones who need special prayer and care right now. Here are some tips that may help you care for them.
Special Thy Kingdom Come events!
24/7 Prayer Join us in prayer for our community, church, friends and world. We will try to pray collectively for a week leading up to Pentecost– from Monday May 24 to Sunday May 31. Sign up for your time slot here. We will provide you with resources to help you!
Festival of Prayer! Join Pastor Steve on Zoom on Saturday, May 23 from 10 am to about 11:30. He will provide some teaching on prayer and a variety of activities to help you pray. To get the Zoom invitation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival of Prayer Handout
Other prayer resources for you:
7 Days Praying the Message of Hope
Hope over Fear 3 Week Prayer Journey
From Isolation to Invitation 14 day retreat guide
Rummaging for God: Praying Backwards through Your Day