Thy Kingdom Come
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who participates will deepen their friendship with Jesus, bring others to know Jesus or know him better, and come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer. At St. Peter's, we are participating in this even between May 10 (Ascension) and May 20 (Pentecost) of 2018.
Join us on Sunday, May 20 for our Pentecost celebration and a prayer event following the 10:00 am worship service.
The Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come
Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fire of your love, that all who hear your word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- that those for whom we pray may come to know and love Jesus;
- that we as his disciples will be given new confidence and encouragement by the Holy Spirit;
- that we may be made effective witnesses to Jesus.
Download Prayer Resources
Here are some resources to help you pray as an individual, with your family, and as a church.
- Nine Days of Prayer: Waiting in Wonder
A book of daily prayers, readings and reflections to use during Thy Kingdom Come or at any time.
- Novena 2018: Nine Days of Prayer
A book of pocket prayers asking readers to Look, Wait, Read, Listen, and Respond to the Word of God.
- A Prayer Journal for Eleven Days of Prayer
This short journal is great for kids, teens and adults, with accessible prompts for prayer and reflection accompanied by modern graphics.
- Thy Kingdom Come Morning & Evening Prayer
Discover new habits and ways of praying to God with this small book of daily prayers. You can read out loud or to yourself, or in a small group setting.
Simple Ways to Pray Everyday
Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly, like brushing your teeth, eating a meal, or going to bed.
Have a photo collage of family and friends to pray for and choose a different person to pray for each day.
Say 'thank you' to God for one of the meals you eat each day.
Read a Bible story together, and ask, "What would you like to say to Jesus now?" and say "Amen" at the end of whatever is said.
If you hear something tragic on the news, get into the habit of asking God out lout there and then to bless that situation.
If someone at the table talks about a difficult situation at work or at school, similarly pray for it briefly and matter-of-factly, out loud there and then.
Lots of people like routine and ritual, so feel free to pray the same family prayer at the same time every day. Or, if your family likes more spontaneity, ask different members of the family to lead prayers each day.
Praying through the Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven...
- Sing 1 or 2 songs or hymns, or read a selection of Bible verses.
Hallowed be your name...
- Give thanks for who God is and what He gives us.
- Invite sharing of testimony to God's faithfulness.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven...
- Pray for God's love to direct all of our relationships and conversations where we live and work so that many will encounter Jesus.
- Ask for our homes and churches to become places where more people of all ages discover God's love and mercy.
Give us today our daily bread...
- Pray for those who are vulnerable in the parish and community to be reached by God's love.
- Ask for God's provision for all those working to bring in His kingdom in the parish and community.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us...
- Invite confession for the times when we have not reached out with love; when our hearts have been fearful.
- Ask for new boldness to talk about the difference Jesus has made in our lives.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil...
- Pray for some of the needs of the parish and community.
- Ask God to show you 5 people to pray for so they may encounter Jesus.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.
- Pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit on His church this Pentecost season.
- Pray that many people will discover the truth about Jesus across our nation.
- Pray for God's blessing on each other, and one every church and every household in Freehold and our community.
Every Day Prayers
A good, simple way of helping your family bring their concerns to God is to ask this set of questions each day (and be prepared to answer for yourself):
- What are you most thankful for today?
- What are you least thankful for today?
- When did you last show love today?
- When weren't you kind today?
- What would you like to say to God about today?