Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer initiative, taking place from 30th May to 9th June.
Prayer is the posture of a dependent heart – sometimes even a desperate one. It’s the language of those who know they can’t make it on their own – the cry of a people confessing that they themselves cannot bring about a breakthrough. In 2 Chronicles 20:12 we see a great example of this – Jehoshaphat has run out of ideas, acknowledging there are no easy answers for the vast battle he and the people are caught up in:
‘We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.’
It’s a humble and wholehearted admission of weakness – and at the same time a hopeful and worshipful recognition of where the answer will come from. Thousands of years later this simple prayer perhaps captures the heartbeat of Thy Kingdom Come – a prayer initiative which has been gathering momentum across our nation. Each year we gather with a sense of unity and purpose – many hearts, from many streams, joining together to cry out for the revival of the church, the healing of our land, the transformation society, and the salvation of our loved ones.
It’s become such a powerful and profound moment in which we acknowledge our weakness, yet with the very same breath lift our cries to the God of our breakthrough. In many ways, just like Jehoshaphat and the people back then, we're facing challenges that seem too big for us, and, if we’re honest, we do not really know what to do. And so we pray.
I love that Archbishop Justin Welby is prioritising prayer – and the act of praying together. Please join us this year by intensifying your own prayer journey from 30th May to 9th June, but also by showing up at one of the many Thy Kingdom Come gatherings happening across the UK. Together, let us fix our eyes on Jesus.
Article by Matt Redman
You can find out more about Thy Kingdom Come at www.thykingdomcome.global