Woolston Eyes - the Magazine of the Church of the Ascension

June 2017

Thy Kingdom Come

By the time you read this magazine, we will have just celebrated
Ascension, our patronal festival, and be looking ahead to Pentecost.
During these 11 days, the Archbishop of Canterbury has challenged us to
commit to pray for people we know to come to know Jesus.

There will most likely be many phrases that are familiar to you, that
you say or hear regularly, but never think too much about the meaning
of. For example, “you’ve got another thing coming” makes very little
sense in the context it is often used in. What it means is “you’ve got
another think coming” because it relates to “"if you think that, you've
got another think coming", or in other words, “your thinking is wrong,
you had better have another think.” Or, regularly in school when we
moved to Manchester other children would say “can you borrow me a
pencil”. That wasn’t how we spoke in the South East where I learnt to
talk. “Borrow me a pencil” makes no sense at all! The other children
as school couldn’t see a problem with their request, but I never lent
them a pencil without showing a puzzled look, even though to them, who
used this sentence regularly, it made total sense!

“Thy Kingdom Come” is something each of us says at least once a week
when we pray the Lord’s prayer in church. But I wonder how often we
each think more deeply about these words, and what Jesus actually meant
by them, when he taught this prayer to his disciples?
In this season between Ascension and Pentecost, Archbishop Justin, is
challenging us to pray for five people we know who don’t yet know
Jesus. To pray that they would come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord
and Saviour.

Prayer isn’t always easy. Sometimes it is hard to know where to
start. Taking part in Thy Kingdom Come can be as simple as thinking of
five people you know who are not Christians, and committing to spend 10
minutes a day for the next 11 days, talking to God and praying that
they may come to know him. When I say talking to God, it can be as
simple as sharing your thoughts with him, or sitting in silence and
peace, and being attentive to hear his voice through the thoughts in
your head.

Several years ago, I prayed for two people I know to come back to
church. To my surprise, they both did. For one it took longer than
the other, but I celebrate that both are now back regularly worshiping
Jesus and joining in with his family of the church. Archbishop Justin
says about prayer “I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been
involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit”.

If you don’t pray you will never know what might have happened. I
challenge you to join with me, think of five people, and pray for them
each day, for in doing so you are praying “thy Kingdom come”. I would
love to know how you get on.



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