According to a new report released this week, Christians in almost 90% of countries worldwide have participated in a global prayer movement for evangelisation, started just four years ago by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

From Bangladesh to Brazil, Australia to Austria and South Africa to the Solomon Islands, Thy Kingdom Come has seen millions of Christians, across 65 different traditions and denominations, pray during the 11 days between Ascension and Pentecost.

This year, the prayer movement has been endorsed by a range of high-profile leaders, including His Holiness Pope Francis, and, for the first time, a special Pentecost celebration took place in the heart of London’s Trafalgar Square, featuring worship from Matt Redman and The Kingdom Choir.  

The movement continues to enjoy global growth, reflected in a number of ways: this year alone, resources have been translated into additional languages, including Maori, Arabic and Finnish.

An award-winning app (offering access to daily video reflections, Bible readings, podcasts and reminders to pray for other people) continues to grow in popularity, having been downloaded thousands of times in 86 countries, which is more than twice as many as in 2018 (36 countries).

Key findings from the annual feedback survey (which this year had 2,600 respondents) also found that:

  • 92% of those taking part were praying for friends and family members to come to know Jesus – with nearly 2/3 (62%) of this group planning to follow up or talk to the people they were praying for
  • 70% of those who took part felt more encouraged to share their faith
  • 40% of respondents took part for the first time this year
  • 99% want to be involved again next year.

Thy Kingdom Come began as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Anglican Communion to pray for more people to come to faith in Jesus from Ascension to Pentecost.

The movement has since grown astronomically, with Christians from all traditions and backgrounds taking part, hosting special worship services, prayer meetings, prayer walks, continuous prayer sessions and Beacon events.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said: “Once again the Spirit’s work in Thy Kingdom Come has humbled us, stretched us and taken breath away.

I have previously said I cannot remember in my life anything that I have been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.

My sense of this only grows as we learn that this year we had engagement from followers of Christ in over 170 countries, take up across the denominations and traditions and the clear focus on seeking the empowering work of the Spirit for our effective witness.

I am looking forward to all God is doing in answer to our prayers.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has said: “It gladdens and warms my heart to know that many Christians throughout the world are committing themselves to pray for the coming of Our Father in Heaven’s Kingdom – a Kingdom of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. It is my prayer that all who have joined in Thy Kingdom Come will be encouraged and inspired to live out lives which herald God’s Kingdom.”

Further information on Thy Kingdom Come may be found here.