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29 April 2016

Join us in praying for the evangelisation of the nation

Join us in praying for the evangelisation of the nation

The Evangelical Alliance is answering the Archbishop of Canterbury's call to pray for the evangelism of our nation this Pentecost.

All member churches across the UK are being encouraged to focus on praying for those who do not yet know Christ throughout the week beginning 8 May.

As part of the Alliance's commitment to evangelism, each day new resources and inspiration will be uploaded to the website to help all members join the Church of England in praying for the great commission to be realised.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote to all parishes, saying: "At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus himself taught us: 'Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.'

"It's impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord's Prayer. It's a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It's famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It's simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer.

"When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to His glory."

The Archbishops are suggesting various ways churches can engage with the week of prayer, including organising a day or week of continuous '24/7' prayer as parishes, teams or deaneries; saying special prayers in Sunday worship; prayer walking; or handing out a novena prayer card to every congregation member.

Evangelical Alliance members are among the partners of the week of prayer, including HOPE.