After what was heralded as a successful prayer initiative during this past Season of Easter, the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby has called for a prayer initiative during the Season of Easter in 2017. It will be called Thy Kingdom Come, as it was this year. It will span the time from 25 May to 4 June, from Ascension to Pentecost 2017. The Archbishop has invited every regional & national province in the Anglican Communion to join the initiative and to actively participate. The focus of the prayer initiative is evangelism, making others aware of Christ.
We are seeking to pray for people to know who Jesus is. We pray for the Holy Spirit to empower every Christian – all of us – to give us a passion for sharing and witnessing the Good News we have in Jesus Christ – that that sense of what He has done for us – how amazing it is to know that we are loved by Jesus, that there is salvation; when we turn to him in repentance we find forgiveness; when we turn to him in despair we find hope – just the most extraordinary miracle. . .
Let’s get together in calling out to God in prayer, in whatever way we like, wherever we are. That our often lukewarm or cold hearts are set on fire with love for Jesus; that He is the answer to the fears, the despairs of all around.
Archbishop of Canterbury
For this year’s initiative, the Archbishops of Canterbury & York had called for a wave of prayer across England in Church of England parishes. To their surprise, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, wrote to the RC parishes and requested that they join with the Anglicans in prayer. The initiative spontaneously spread to other churches in England, as well as churches of other nations and Anglican provinces.
A website has also been prepared with information about Thy Kingdom Come.