Some may be aware that the Archbishop of Canterbury has invited all Christians to join ‘the global wave of prayer’ between 10th and 20th May under the above heading. In fact this is the second year of such an initiative and the Archbishop’s call is for “Christians around the world to pray as one for people to know Jesus Christ”.
We haven’t, as a church, formally ‘signed up’ to this initiative yet it is surely one we should all support. One particular proposal, which I would like us all to pursue, is to pray specifically and regularly for 5 people to know Jesus Christ. The ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website suggests that once we have settled on 5 names, as led by God, we pray for them as follows:
“Loving Father, in the face of Jesus Christ Your light and glory have blazed forth. Send Your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [here, name your friends] the life of Your Son and Your love for all. Strengthen me as a witness to that love as I pledge to pray for them, for Your Name’s sake. Amen.”
One idea that the website gives to remind us to pray for 5 people regularly is to take a piece of string or cord and tie 5 knots in it to represent each of the people for whom we have committed to pray.
Clearly I am not wishing to promote legalism, superstition etc etc – just prayer! And, of course, no one needs to be limited to 5 people, nor must we stop praying on 20th May!
Peace and Grace