Global Day Of Prayer
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Ė Habakkuk 2:14
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Over the past four years weíve seen an increase of united prayer for renewal and revival throughout the world and particularly in Africa. Over 22 million people prayed together in 2004 across the continent of Africa. Christians of Africa are inviting the world to join them for the first ever Global Day of Prayer for Christís glory and the transformation of the nations. On Pentecost Sunday, from when the sun rises in the east, across the different time zones, until when it sets, 18 hours later in the west, we are expecting more than 200 million Christians across the world to join in this Global Day of Prayer. Please call your churches and families to join with us to fill our world with prayer for our Lordís glory.
Graham Power, Transformation Africa
Bob Bakke, Global Day of Prayer
A Global Day of Prayer
All together...in many places
"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place." Ė Acts 2:1
All together in many places.As dawn broke on the first Pentecost, Christians were gathered "all together in one place" (Acts 2:1). On Pentecost in 2005, many millions of Christians will again be all together Ė but in many places. Weíll join together in prayers of blessing for the nations, praying in one accord for the biblical hope of Christís greater glory and the transformation of all nations.
Arising from Africa. In 2001, one stadium in Cape Town, South Africa was filled with 45,000 people to pray. In 2002, it expanded to eight stadiums and 350,000. A year later 2.5 million gathered in 130 stadiums. On May 2, 2004, the movement exploded to nearly ten times the size. More than 22 million rallied in prayer at more than 2,000 sites throughout every single country on the continent of Africa (56 nations). Leaders from most major traditions of Christian faith called their people to join in this historic act of united prayer. Now African leaders are inviting Christians around the world to pray with them. It will be the first ever Global Day of Prayer.
Joining together in three ways:
Part 1: May 6-15, 2005. Ten days of constant prayer.On the evening of Ascension Day, May 5, millions the world over will begin by joining their prayers night and day for ten days.
Part 2: May 15, 2005. The Global Day of Prayer. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians in many lands are planning to assemble in massive gatherings in stadiums and open squares. In other places, believers will gather in homes and other public venues. To help connect and align prayers even more, there will be six hours of live broadcast, one hour from each continental area. The signal will be relayed by satellite, radio and Internet so that many millions will be linked simultaneously all over the world. The same broadcast will be repeated so that people in any time zone can take part on Pentecost afternoon or evening.
Part 3: May 16 - August 12, 2005. Ninety days of blessing. As in the first Pentecost, tranformed Christians transform their communities, becoming the answer to their own prayers. The Global Day of Prayer anticipates the forming or furthering of local alliances among pastors, congregations, mission agencies, and Christian business leaders to bring practical, transformational blessing to their cities and communities.
Why pray toward a greater Pentecost?
For the Glory of Christ and the Transformation of the Nations. After Jesus was raised from the dead, He met with His followers often during a period of forty days. He did far more than prove He was alive. He spoke again and again about the Kingdom of God: the advance of Godís kingly love among all the peoples of earth.
Ten days uniting in prayer. On the last day He was with them, Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem and to wait for "the promise of the Father." Just after Jesus was received into heaven, His followers gathered to do exactly what Jesus had told them: to wait for the promise of the Father. But it was not a passive waiting. They waited by praying earnestly for ten days. They sought God zealously with their hearts aligned with "one mind" concerning the promise about the Spirit of God. They prayed persistently through many other promises about the Kingdom of God that Jesus had spent so much time teaching them.
Hope-filled passion for Godís promises. As we read their prayers, and as we listen to what poured out from their hearts in the days that followed Pentecost, we get a good idea about how they prayed. Their prayers and statements sprang from the written Word of God. They prayed in fervent, hope-filled passion for God to fulfill His promises regarding His kingdom on earth.
Christ calls His church to unite in prayer. We are compelled to pray because the great troubles that shake our world have no human solution. Even more, we are called to pray because of the wonderful promises that God has purposed to accomplish by Christís life and power among the peoples of earth. It is time now for Godís people to gather again in persistent, united prayer. What better way to unite in prayer than to consecrate ourselves to seek God for ten days, as Jesusí first followers did, culminating on the day of Pentecost?
Toward the promise of a greater Pentecost. Following the example of the first followers who "joined together constantly" in prayer (Acts 1:14) during the ten days between the ascent of Jesus and the descent of His Spirit on Pentecost, believers will be organizing ways to pray together night and day beginning Friday, May 6, through the end of Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2005.
Please use the Ten-Day Prayer Guide printed on pages 10 and 11.