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Looking for fun and creative prayer ideas for Thy Kingdom Come? You’re in the right place!

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer initiative calling Christians around the world to pray. From Ascension to Pentecost we pray for more people to come to know God. Find out more about Thy Kingdom Come here.

Over the years, I have shared lots of prayer ideas for Thy Kingdom Come – from creative prayers to reflective prayer videos. But, in this blog post I want to gather them all together for you to choose from. I hope that these prayer ideas and resources help you to pray!

Get creative

Creative prayer is a wonderful way to engage with God. It is great for families, schools and those who are new to prayer, as well as those who love to express themselves through creativity.

Reflective Prayer

Over the past couple of years we have created a series of reflective prayer videos. One for each day of Thy Kingdom Come. These videos reflect on the themes of Thy Kingdom Come through scripture as well as offering suggestions for what to pray about.

Start here on day 1:

Also, bookmark this blog post here to find all of the prayer reflections for each day!

Prayer Walk

Thy Kingdom Come encourages us to pray for those who don’t yet know God. This is a great opportunity to get out into our community for a prayer walk. Whether in a group or on your own. Prayer walks are a fun way to explore your local area and pray for the people, organisations, situations and needs that you see around you.

Pray for 5

One of the main prayer ideas for Thy Kingdom Come is to pray for 5. We are encouraged to choose 5 people that we know, and to pray for them to come to know God. These could be friends, family members, people at work or school. Anyone! And we take time to pray specifically for them over these 11 days.

Study the Bible

Exploring the Bible is also an important part of Thy Kingdom Come. God’s word reminds us of why we pray, how to pray as well as who we pray to. It also leads us to respond to God in prayer. If you’re looking for a new way to dig into the Bible, why not try Lectio Devina?

Try Prayer Games

Prayer games are a concept that I have been exploring more recently. I’m sure it’s not totally original, but I have used this phrase to talk about activities that use play to help us pray. This could be games that help us decide what to pray about. Games that help us understand what prayer is, as well as games that help us to pray in different ways.

Focus on The Lord’s Prayer

The prayer that Jesus taught his disciples when they asked how to pray is an important prayer. It demonstrates how Jesus wanted them (and us) to pray. It includes so many types of prayer: adoration, petition, intercession, confession. Through this, it also gives us a framework for how to pray.

We could spend ages digging into all the different parts of The Lord’s Prayer. So why not focus on this prayer during Thy Kingdom Come? Especially as the words ‘thy kingdom come’ are taken from the Lord’s Prayer!

If you don’t know the Lord’s Prayer, this is how it goes:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.


The Lord’s Prayer (Contemporary Version)

Get your church involved!

There are so many prayer ideas for Thy Kingdom Come to get your whole church praying! You could set up prayer stations for your congregation and visitors to use. You could host a 24 hour prayer room. And maybe you could celebrate with a Pentecost Praise service.

Even if your church doesn’t get formally involved, you could take this opportunity to point your community towards prayer.

Pray the 10 commandments

I don’t think I’ve ever included this on my previous posts about prayer ideas for Thy Kingdom Come. But praying the 10 commandments is one of my favourite prayer ideas! It is what is says on the tin. You work through each of the 10 commandments as prayer prompts. Plus, there are actions!

You could use this as a fun way to lead prayers at church, or a prayer activity for a small group or prayer meeting. Or simply use it to guide your own prayers.

Start a Prayer Journal

If you’ve been around here for a while, you will know of my love for prayer journals! This is a way of praying that I love. Partly, because I enjoy the process of writing things down. And partly because of the way it helps me to focus on my prayers. I remain focused upon my prayers as I write them and feel much more connected to God through this process as I’m not distracted.

Prayer journals are also a great way to record the things you are praying for, and then look back to see all the ways that God has answered your prayers!

So, why not try using a prayer journal for the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come and see how you get on?

Go on a Bear Hunt

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one, we’re going to catch a big one. We’re not scared!

Almost anything can be turned into a prayer idea – even ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’! So, if you’re looking for a fun way to pray with kids, I think this is a perfect prayer idea. You can use it to lead prayers for an all-age service or for prayer time in a children’s group. Or you could use it at home with your own family.

Make something to help you pray

Sometimes it can be helpful to have a physical prayer prompt in front of us. Something to remind us of the people and things we would like to pray about. This could include:

…and if you don’t know what to pray about…

In this blog, we’ve shared lots of prayer ideas for Thy Kingdom Come. Hopefully you’ve found some prayer ideas you’d like to try. But what if you’re not sure what to actually pray about?!

It can be daunting to look at all the people, situations, events that need our prayers. So, where do we start?

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