Acts 1:14 NLT
'They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.'
Today I invite you to prepare for a Novena of prayer with Premier. Premier first launched a Novena in 2015, so this is the third year where we are encouraging concerted prayer. Premier are also supporting the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative (see page 10 for more information).
The word Novena comes from the Latin for nine and describes those days when the disciples, together with Mary, Jesus’ mother, his brothers and other women waited for the promised Holy Spirit. They were “constantly united in prayer” as Luke records in Acts. It is the period from the ascension to Pentecost.
During this period the fledgling Church called out to God for power from on high so that they might fulfil Jesus’ command to witness to the very ends of the earth. They had a specific focus given by Jesus and so these nine days are for intentional prayer asking for fresh Holy Spirit power to then go and spread the good news about Jesus to everyone.
By committing to this Novena, we declare our serious intention to call upon God for his kingdom to come throughout the earth. I encourage each of us to say the Lord’s Prayer at the start of each daily prayer during our Novena. The prayer Jesus taught his disciples will provide the focus for this year’s Novena. So pause and pray that prayer right now. If you don’t know it, you can find it in Matthew 6:9-13.
This Novena aims to draw God’s diverse people into agreement and, with one united voice, to pray for the same objective. There is great power when God’s people come together in agreement in prayer. Between Ascension Day and Pentecost many tens of thousands will be joining this Novena and with the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative. So as you say amen at the conclusion of your prayer, it will be both amplified and multiplied many thousands of times throughout the UK and beyond.
QUESTION: Will you commit to pray that the Holy Spirit will come to re-energise all God’s people to share the gospel?
PRAYER: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.