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09 June 2017

Church leaders stand in unity to pray for the nation

Church leaders stand in unity to pray for the nation

Steve Clifford, director general of the Alliance, joined Archbishop Justin Welby, Pastor Agu Irukwu and other church leaders to pray for our nation at a gathering in London as part of the  Thy Kingdom Come prayer campaign.

The campaign is a global prayer movement that aims to reignite a passion for prayer by inviting Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. Individuals, families and churches in more than 85 countries have taken part this year, praying in a range of creative ways between 25 May and 4 June. 

Across the globe Christians have been uniting to pray for people in their land to come to know the love of Jesus. In South East Asia alone there were tens of thousands of Christians involved, with Thy Kingdom Come resources being translated into an extra six languages. 

Leaders from the Alliance's One People Commission joined in the gathering at Jesus House, representing the vibrant ethnic diversity of the UK Church, including churches from the Asian, South American and African diasporas. Pastor Ong, a member of the One People Commission and former head of the Chinese Church in London, led prayers during the event.

Steve Clifford and Justin Welby also led the gathering in prayer, with the archbishop speaking about the importance of prayer in the life of the Church. He also spoke of being thankful for the Chinese Church in London and the growth that has been seen in the Chinese church, both in China and in the overseas diaspora.

The archbishop went on to call for continued prayer for the UK Church, following Nehemiah's model of acknowledging the state of the situation, before setting about rebuilding. He called for us to pray for those things in the UK Church which are damaged and need rebuilding as well as encouraging people to acknowledge and give thanks for what God is doing throughout the UK.

Following Steve Clifford's prayers, Justin Welby remarked: "It's great to see the Evangelical Alliance renewing its strength, developing its direction and leading churches – thank you Steve for your leadership and what you do for the Church."

Thy Kingdom Come 2017 followed on from the success of 2016, where more than 100,000 responded to a letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, inviting parishes across England to join a great wave of prayer for the evangelisation of the nation.

You'll find lots of content to inspire you in prayerful outreach  all year round on our  evangelism web hub greatcommission.co.uk/pray 

Image: Jesus House