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Erika Biscoe writes

For the last ten days the Church of England have encouraged Christians to take part in a ten-day prayer initiative entitled, Thy Kingdom come. This is what it says on their website; “Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.”

The churches in Bicester responded by putting together a varied programme through the week including a night of prayer, prayer stations, prayer walks and finally a final celebration held here last night.

At the prayer events I attended I felt a sense of unity amongst the churches gathered and an excitement that God’s spirit is moving amongst us and encouraging us to advance his kingdom in Bicester and beyond. Many scriptures were shared but there is one that resonated with me that was shared at the first prayer meeting;
‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.’ Luke 12:32

This verse comes near the end of instructions from Jesus to his disciples on ‘do not worry; about your life what you should eat; or about your body what you should wear.’ The previous verse tells us to seek first the Kingdom and all these things will be added to you.

Seeking the kingdom means making Jesus the lord and king of your life. When we seek first the kingdom, when we pray “Thy kingdom come we are to believe the words ‘Do not be afraid little flock.’ Christians in Bicester may only represent 8% of the population but we have a God that give us the courage and assurance to know that he is pleased to give us his kingdom and we need to ask for boldness to declare that to others.

Today we welcome back a dear friend Roger Murphy who will be speaking at our morning and evening services. His heart and passion is to tell others about Jesus and I feel it is a fitting way to end a week focused on Thy Kingdom come with specific focus on praying for more people to know Jesus. Prayer is an integral part of our relationship with God. If we are to become more Christ like and stay in tune with God prayer should remain paramount in our everyday lives. I pray that as you grow in prayer God will reveal to you his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.