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/ 17 June 2020

Lord, may Your Kingdom Come to every Londoner

10 days of prayers across London

Christians across London pray for 10 days straight

Christians in the diocese of London signed up for slots in our virtual prayer room, praying continuously 24 hours a day for 10 consecutive days.

During the 10 days leading up to Pentecost (21-31 May), people across the world prayed for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. This global and interdenominational prayer movement is called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

Our new diocesan vision is ‘for every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Christ’. As people across our city contemplate life’s big questions over this pandemic, process heartache and search for hope, we have been praying they find the love of Christ. The experience of those who prayed was so affirming that we wanted to share some of the feedback.

On being part of a vigil:

‘It was a powerful experience. The sense of ‘picking up a baton’ from a brother and sister somewhere…’

‘I loved being part of the prayer vigil. I did a couple of early hours sessions – whilst at times hard to get up, I often found I could have prayed for longer than the time I signed up for.’

‘Powerful, humbling, responsible, privilege.’

‘…I took a prayer walk up to the park (it was a beautiful day) then prayed the evening office when I got there. It was moving to be part of a continuous chain of prayer…’

‘Even though I was alone, it didn’t feel lonely. The hour soon passed. A beautiful experience.’

Messages heard:

‘I felt that Jesus was “singing” over London whilst I was praying and that his heart is for London to return to him in love.’

‘I felt that God may have been saying that this pandemic/ lockdown was a time of waiting, a time of preparation for the harvest He is going to bring. And we are to be ready!

‘Grace that interrupts.  I spent my hour contemplating the book of Revelation and felt it to be speaking into our isolation (as John was, on the island of Patmos) of a God who interrupts the darkness (Behind me, a loud voice) with his grace and peace to and through the churches. These are not perfect by any means, and yet they are God’s chosen vehicles of grace.’

If you missed this prayer vigil, you are welcome to use our prayer guide to pray at a time that suits you. Lord, may Your Kingdom Come to every Londoner!

About Angus Stephenson

Angus Stephenson is responsible for delivering the current Capital Vision 2020 strategy to support London's parishes to be more confident, compassionate and creative in their mission. This involves actively managing 10 projects, ranging from growing new worshipping communities and communicating the gospel through new media, to doubling our youth community and engaging more closely with sport and the arts.

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