The Archbishop of Canterbury (England) began a new tradition a few years ago with a Global call to all Anglican's and Episcopalian to carry out 24 hours of prayer for 7 days in every church running from Ascension to Pentecost. The Jewish feast of Shavuot ( The original Pentecost) begins tomorrow for them. Our Christian celebration of Pentecost is on Sunday.
The prayer initiative is called “Thy Kingdom Come” the target being the unsaved of the world. The suggestion is that each person prays for 5 family members, friends, colleagues. Within the church body, intercessors (those willing to pray for others) even with Covid-19 resrictions are keeping prayer vigils in online prayer rooms.
Intercessory prayer for others, those on our prayer requests page and praying for 3 people God puts on your heart has been a regular part of this website since it was first established. But for those taking part in this intensive prayer effort globally which is a big deal, I believe we will see God move in a new way. Because reaching the unsaved starts with Prayer.
If you are praying for others you need to prepare your heart to be truly effective. The confession we do at Terce in preparation for Sabbath on a Friday morning is a good start. If you haven't prayed it for a while go to our calendar and find last Friday and go to Terce, sort out any issues or sins on your heart, right now on your knees before Jesus.
We do not want our family members and friends to die not knowing the Saviour! You do not want to get to heaven and find they are not there and not coming. We need to recognise the true source of the problem with our unsaved loved ones. The problem is not themselves – you need to recognize that you are fighting a war for their souls and they are not the enemy! You need to look over the battlefield and pray strategically against the strongholds that the enemy and the world, has put in their lives, keeping their hearts from the truth.
I am going to try to put today on our prayer pages what you most need to know to prepare for prayer – Stick on your armour – your going into Battle for the souls of your family and friends, not a fight you want to lose. You still have until Sunday to prayer with the rest of the Anglican communion but who says you need to stop on Pentecost.....if you want to you can pray until you see results in the lives of the 5 you have chosen.