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.
Need some more ideas or resources?
- Praying for five
- How to Pray
- Praying The Lord's Prayer
- Prayer Journalling
- Family Adventure Prayer Map
- Centring Prayer (Listening Prayer)
- Prayer walking
- For Churches
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
The Prayer Course:
Here are some other ideas from our Children and Families team on how to pray Thy Kingdom Come with children.
Here’s an article from Rev Michael Brantley on centering or listening prayer.
Try prayer walking around your neighbourhood.
- How to create your own customised Thy Kingdom Come video
- Five ways churches can get involved with Thy Kingdom Come
- Bright prayer ideas for your church
- Resources to help you run 24 hour prayer: