Millions of Christians across several church denominations will join the Archbishop of Canterbury’s prayer initiative ahead of Pentecost next year.
The focus of the meeting is to pray for more souls to come to Christ and accept Him as Lord, as the evangelism drive enters its second year. Millions of Christians would join the initiative in 2017, after the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ enterprise saw more than 100,000 Christians gather in prayer in 2016.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby launched Thy Kingdom Come alongside the Archbishop of York John Sentamu last year.
The denominations that would participate in the initiative include; Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, Copts, Methodists, Orthodox Christians and members of free churches. They are to synergise with the Anglican church after the presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) announced on Monday that they would accept the invitation to pray in the 10 days before Pentecost 2017.
“We want to encourage our brothers and sisters in churches of all traditions to partner in praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in the days leading up to Pentecost 2017,” the presidents said in a statement. There is no prescription about how we should pray; we hope each church will participate in a way that is authentic to them and where possible to engage in this with their partner churches in their area.”
They will write to their churches and encourage them to participate.
“We pray to the Father that his family, called to be one in Jesus Christ, may see the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to transform many lives and communities in our land,” they said.
Bishop Dr Eric Brown, the Pentecostal president for CTE, said: “What started off as a CofE event, is emerging as a global event.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who is one of the six presidents of CTE, said the 2016 movement had been “profoundly moving.” He noted that there is a growing desire, as beautiful as it is remarkable, among people of so many denominations and nations to pray together for more people to know Jesus Christ.
Archbishop Welby has also extended the invitation to all the Anglican provinces around the world.
The other presidents of CTE are Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster; the Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, Free Churches Moderator; the Revd Canon Billy Kennedy, who represents the New Churches, Quakers and the Lutheran and German-speaking Churches and Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, the President for the Orthodox Churches.