After Jesus had risen from the dead at Easter he met with his disciples and others, encouraging them and continuing to teach them about what it meant to live the life he had exemplified. Then he was taken back to heaven in his ascension, a moment we continue to celebrate today on the fortieth day after Easter.
He told his disciples to wait and pray, and that God would send the 'advocate' to them. Ten days later the Holy Spirit came in wind and fire at Pentecost, filling the disciples with a desire to spread the Gospel. They went out there and then, preaching in the streets of Jerusalem, and thousands made a commitment to follow Christ just from hearing them speak.
This was the start of what would become the worldwide church of Jesus Christ, Christians spreading the message of hope and salvation to every country of the world. Now it is our turn to proclaim that message afresh, but we can't do it on our own.
By spending the next ten days in prayer, we are asking God to reenact that moment of Pentecost, when the church was filled with the Holy Spirit and normal people like you and me were able to speak God's word. Normal people like you and me received that word and turned their lives around. Looking round at our society today it is clear we need that sort of salvation more than ever, so we can pray earnestly 'thy kingdom come' and trust in God to act in our families, our networks, our communities and our country.
Thy Kingdom Come.