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13 May 2016

Thy kingdom come: the united pursuit

Thy kingdom come: the united pursuit

by Kizzy Horner, regional coordinator for London and the home counties at the Billy Graham Evangelist Association UK

"But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus - the work of telling others the good news about the wonderful grace of God." (Acts 20:24 NLT)

The scripture found in Acts 20:24 says it all. The greatest pursuit, the highest goal as a follower of Jesus Christ, is to let others know what Jesus has done for them. This is the reason why the Church exists – to testify of the truth found in the son of God alone.

US evangelist Billy Graham was someone who understood this mission. His UK ministry saw thousands come to Christ and millions heard him proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

Like the Apostle Paul, Graham said: "My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ." Mr Graham knew what he was called to do and gave his whole life to do just this. He was consumed with God's heart for the United Kingdom and the world, and at aged 97 he hasn't changed.

The evangelistic initiatives, searchforjesus.org.uk and the My Hope outreach – including DVDs and online films – are just two examples of his passionate pursuit for this nation, a passion he has never given up on. More than anything, Mr Graham wants to leave the UK with the truth of gospel.

God pursued us when our hearts were pursuing other things. He chooses to give us an undeserved grace, forgiveness and hope – a second chance. Now that we have found Jesus, may our hearts be flooded with a fresh burden and fire for those who have not yet discovered the Saviour.

I'd invite you to take time to watch Second Chance, one of the My Hope films. Its powerful message of forgiveness, reconciliation and true identity found through a relationship with Jesus Christ will inspire you. My prayer is that it will help you in sharing about our Saviour with others.

My desire is to see a united passion and pursuit amongst churches, which makes Jesus known across the UK. This loving and life changing relationship we have found in Christ Jesus must cause us to fall on our knees in prayer for others to experience the same. Let this united pursuit compel us; let it consume us now more than ever and more than anything.

In Jesus Name. Amen!

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to join a week of prayer this Pentecost (8-15 May), praying for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing this life-transforming faith. The Evangelical Alliance is backing this prayer initiative, Thy Kingdom Come, with daily features encouraging Christians to be praying for God's kingdom to come and His will to be done across the UK.