Let’s light up Aotearoa in prayer for people to know Jesus Christ.
30th May – 9th June 2019

Thy Kingdom Come is a great opportunity to step in to a wave of global prayer, knowing that brothers and sisters all around the Anglican Communion will be doing likewise. While our primary focus is praying for others to come to know Jesus, we are also mindful that everything we do needs to be rooted in prayer so we will be actively looking at ways we can refresh and renew our own personal and corporate prayer lives.

What’s happening in our diocese?

This year, we encourage all of us to join a rhythm of morning and evening prayer – to gather  as mates, households, work colleagues, on the bus, in the supermarket, on the way to school, at church… at the same time, morning and night; each day.  If you don’t have an existing rhythm, you’re welcome to join with the Cathedral community in praying at 8:15am and 5:15pm.  They’ve even consolidated the Ngatiawa River Monastery prayer resources with readings from the lectionary, some songs, and situations you might like to hold before God in prayer each day, for use during this time.  These liturgies will also be scheduled on our Facebook page each day from Ascension to Pentecost.

Download Thy Kingdom Come prayer booklet

Morning and Evening Prayer Podcasts

If you can’t make it to morning or evening prayer, you can listen to the prayer liturgy being read out loud in our twice-daily podcasts on the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul Soundcloud page.  You can also download the Soundcloud app from your app store to listen on the go.  Follow the calls to prayer on the Anglican Movement Facebook page (or just set an alarm on your watch or phone for 8:15am and 5:15pm) to join in with the Cathedral prayer rhythm, wherever you are.

Prayer Events

If you’re keen to get along to a prayer event near you, click the button below to find out what’s happening around our diocese.

Thy Kingdom Come events

Need some more ideas or resources?

The Prayer Ambulance team have put together this simple A5 flyer explaining why we pray, and some practical ways to get started.

You might also like to check out the wonderful resources from 24/7 Prayer International exploring a variety of different ways to pray – click here.

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 five names, commit to praying for them regularly. You may find it useful to try one of these to remind you to pray for them:

  1. Take a piece of string or cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have committed to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each person on your list of five.
  2. Find five small stones (light coloured ones are best) and write each of the people on your list onto each of the stones. Place them on your desk, bedside table or fireplace as a reminder to pray. Alternatively, you could place each stone in a different room of your home and pray for each person as you enter or leave the room.
  3. Grab a piece of card that will easily fit inside your wallet, purse or book. Write your list of five names onto the card before putting it in your wallet or book. Use this card as a daily reminder to pray for them.  You can download a card from the Thy Kingdom Come website here.
  4. Add your list of five people to the alerts section of your phone and set reminders to pray for them. You could choose one name per day, or pray for all five across your day. Remember to set alerts for a suitable time where you can stop to pray for your list.
  5. Use five post-it notes and write one name onto each. Stick them onto your mirror, above your bed or somewhere that you’ll see them regularly and will be reminded to pray.

Here’s a handy prayer journal from Thy Kingdom Come.

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The Lord’s Prayer is a perfect model of prayer given to us by Jesus. There are many ways to incorporate it in to your daily rhythm of prayer – one easy way is to set a reminder on your phone each day – when the alert comes in, stop what you’re doing and spend a few minutes reciting it out loud or in silence.
24/7 Prayer International have created a resource to help you spend 60 minutes focussing on the various aspects of the Lord’s Prayer. You can find it here.

The Prayer Course: 

This free small group resource is an incredible mixture of video content, discussion questions and practical prayer activities based around the Lord’s Prayer.
Keeping a prayer journal is a fantastic way to keep a record of the people and situations you have been praying for. Some people might simply list their prayers as bullet points, while others will write them out in full. It’s a great way to help you concentrate – writing as you pray out loud or in silence helps you keep your mind on your prayers. A prayer journal also helps you keep track of how God is answering your prayers – this is a great encouragement for those who struggle to pray when it feels like God isn’t listening. It will also help you remember to pray for others – list other peoples prayer needs and requests, and looking back over your journal will prompt you to continue to pray for them. It’s also great to keep track of things you have noticed when reading the Bible – either where you have felt God speaking to you, or things that have resonated for you.
You may prefer to use a physical notebook or a digital device – whichever you choose you need to work out when you will fit it in to your routine – on the bus, when you wake up, over your morning coffee… whatever you do, do it regularly!
Check out this website for more inspiration.

Here’s an article from Rev Michael Brantley on centering or listening prayer.

Try prayer walking around your neighbourhood.

Our wonderful Strandz Enabler, Diana Langdon, has also sourced a Family Adventure Prayer Map from the Thy Kingdom Come resources in the UK. This is an A2 map which folds down, and has stickers, games and activities to mark your journey over the period. There’s also a link to daily family podcasts. These are $5 (with 15% discount for Churches or Schools) and can be ordered from the Strandz website.
Messy Church: Here’s a resource sheet from Thy Kingdom Come offering ideas on how to incorporate Thy Kingdom Come into your Messy Church community.

Here are some other ideas from our Children and Families team on how to pray Thy Kingdom Come with children.

There are also plenty of other resources for children and families on the Thy Kingdom Come website.

Our Cathedral whānau have produced a series of videos and podcasts for your use during Thy Kingdom Come.

  • Click here for the playlist of videos on the Anglican Movement YouTube page.
  • Click here for the playlist of podcasts, each one a reading of the morning and evening prayer liturgy for throughout the ten days of prayer; on the Cathedral Soundcloud page.

Thy Kingdom Come website