Is “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer for Revival?
Someone wrote to me saying that “Thy Kingdom Come (the prayer initiative of the archbishops in the Church of England) is effectively prayer for Revival.
“Thy Kingdom Come” is an excellent initiative, praying for more people to come to know Jesus Christ, with churches holding prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks between Ascension and Pentecost. Many thousands have been involved. That’s really great. God will honour that prayer.
However, it is only for 10 days each year. What I believe is crucial for the desperate need of our country – namely God bringing Revival – requires much more than this. Prayer for Revival is very costly in terms of time, commitment and self-discipline.
- It requires people who will individually and corporately persist in giving time for prayer daily (or at least weekly) throughout the year.
- It requires people to learn to pray at a much greater depth – to yearn for God to bring Revival, to grieve deeply over the Lord being dishonoured and ignored, the cross being disregarded and the plight of the lost. Such an intercessory burden would not just last for 10 days.
- It requires people to face up to the need for in-depth repentance and to make every effort to grow in holiness and faith. This requires time to listen to God and cannot be achieved in a 10-day period.
So, yes, be involved in “Thy Kingdom Come.” But, as history shows, Prayer for Revival requires a much greater commitment and it is absolutely essential if we are to see huge numbers of unbelievers coming to faith.