Archbishop of Canterbury encourages all Christians to be part of global prayer initiative

The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling on Christians from all denominations to participate in the 10-day global wave of prayer called "Thy Kingdom Come" which will run from Ascension Day to Pentecost.

(REUTERS / Dylan Martinez)The Bishop of Durham, and the newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, leaves after a news conference at Lambeth Palace in London November 9, 2012.

In a video promoting the 10-day prayer initiative, Archbishop Justin Welby is heard explaining why he is a Christian and why he is inviting all Christians to be part of "Thy Kingdom Come." The global wave of prayer's goal is to bring more people to Jesus Christ and for believers all over the world to create a lasting impact on the nations, the Anglican Communion News Service details.

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"Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might 'be one that the world might believe,'" said Archbishop Welby in the video. "We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer."

In addition, Archbishop Welby said prayer happens when people encounter problems that they cannot solve on their own.

"Thy Kingdom Come" head Emma Buchan said their 2017 campaign has sparked "overwhelming" responses from various churches, denominations, and traditions from all over the world. These people have all pledged to participate in the prayer initiative, with each country organizing their own events for their "prayer warriors."

While "Thy Kingdom Come" might be seen as a move stemming out of desperation because of the decline of the Church in the United Kingdom, Christian Today says there is more to the activity than just an effort to revive a dying congregation. Echoing Welby's statement, the publication said the global prayer initiative is a "deliberate attempt" for Christians to acknowledge their insufficiency and to express their trust in God.

One of the prayer movement's main goals is to bring other people to Christ, but CT points out that believers cannot make other people Christians. Instead, God is the only one who can do that, and this is what the participants of "Thy Kingdom Come" are going to pray for.

"Thy Kingdom Come" started last year with more than 100,000 participants and is now expected to welcome even more prayer warriors this year. The global prayer initiative will run from May 25 to June 4.

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