Global Day Of Prayer
 Ten-Day Prayer Guide

Ten Days of Constant Prayer – May 6-15

    This ten-day prayer guide was written by members of the International Prayer Council. See www.globaldayofprayer.com for translations available in a number of other languages. Many millions of Christians the world over will be praying these prayers. Ground your prayers in scripture and make the prayers specific. As you are able, keep a prayer vigil with others, pray unitedly, and watch for ways God may guide you.

Day 1 Friday, May 6: The Transformation of Christ

For the transforming power of Christ’s kingdom

"...speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me...’" – Acts 1:3-4

    For His Church:

• For our hearts to blaze with love and loyalty to Christ as King and Lord of all.

• To be moved in hope so that we actively pursue all that He has promised.

• That however God’s people may have been scattered and divided, we would be gathered again by Christ to obey Him.

    For Our World:

• For Christ to position believers in cities where breakthrough of blessing has not yet happened. Pray that they would patiently pursue God’s promise of the blessing of His kingdom in those difficult places.

• For the goodness and glory of Christ’s kingly love to be experienced by the masses in our cities, bringing lasting transformation throughout entire communities.

Day 2 – Saturday, May 7: United Prayer

For sustained movements of united prayer

"These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer..." – Acts 1:14

    For His Church

• That God’s Spirit would give us a spirit of expectant intercession, compassion and hope to pray persistently for promises of His kingdom to be fulfilled.

• That God would unite us in prayer with "one mind," empowering us to pray together with passion for Christ’s glory and compassion for the world.

    For Our World

• That people throughout our communities would be moved to call out to God for His help as never before.

• That the leaders of our community would look to God for His help in prayer.

• That God would be glorified by the praises of the poor, the young, and the marginalized as He answers their prayers.

Day 3 – Sunday, May 8: The Spirit of Christ

For God to pour out His Spirit upon all

"‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out My Spirit on all people...’" – Acts 2:17

    For His Church

• For the Spirit of God to come upon Christians in powerful, life-giving ways.

• For the church to be empowered by His Spirit to be Christ’s witnessing servants in the world.

    For Our World

• For people throughout our community to be awakened by the Spirit of God to hear His voice and to see His works.

• That once again, God would pour out from heaven that which can be seen and heard by everyone (Acts 2:33).

Day 4 – Monday, May 9: The Peace of Christ

For relationships to be transformed

"All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need... They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people..." – Acts 2:44-47 pour

    For His Church

• For divisions and hostilities to be healed among churches.

• For God’s people to turn away from greed and worldly desires and to become generous as never before.

• For love, joy and gladness to fill the hearts of God’s people.

• For churches to enjoy deserved, renewed favor in every community.

    For Our World

• For God to heal broken relationships in homes and neighborhoods.

• For God to subdue terrorism and to bring resolution to wars.

• For the great inequities which leave many in poverty to be changed so that no one stays hungry.

• For God to bring outbreaks of Christ’s peace all over the world through the changed lives of His people.

Day 5 – Tuesday, May 10: The Coming Generation

For God’s purpose for families and children

"For the promise is for you and your children..." – Acts 2:39

    For His Church

• For marriages and homes to be strengthened by Christ.

• For children and youth to follow Christ early in life, and to love Him with extreme devotion.

    For Our World

• For the 130 million children who lack access to education worldwide.

• For the many children orphaned or afflicted by wars and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. By 2010 an estimated 25 million children will have lost one or both parents to AIDS.

• For God to raise up the coming generation to fulfill His promises by the power and Spirit of God.

Day 6 – Wednesday, May 11: The Call of God

For the nations to hear the voice of God

"...and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself" – Acts 2:39

    For His Church

• For Christians to be filled with the Spirit in order to communicate the word of God boldly and wisely.

• For the word of God to be proclaimed to people of every language, tribe and nation (Acts 1:8).

    For Our World

• That the world would hear of the "mighty deeds of God" in the words of their own language and the ways of their own culture (Acts 2:11).

• For the Bible to be translated for the 3,000 people groups without even one verse in their language.

• For Christ to be followed among the thousands of unreached people groups who lack vital, growing, multiplying churches.

• That God would call to Himself many (Acts 2:39) who would call on Him to be saved (Acts 2:21).

Day 7 – Thursday, May 12: The Glory of Jesus

In the faithful courage of His people

"...rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name" – Acts 5:41

    For His Church

• For those who are opposed because of the name of Jesus, that they would display the gentle, bold character of Jesus (Acts 4:13).

• For Christians who suffer for Christ’s name to be strong in joy and faith.

• For God to be glorified by His great deeds in places where He has been opposed (Acts 4:21).

    For Our World

• For our leaders and governments to be blessed.

• That some government leaders who are opposing Christ (Acts 4:25-27) would be blessed with wisdom to be found not "fighting against God" (Acts 5:39).

Day 8 – Friday, May 13: The Healing of Christ

For Christ to bring substantial healing

"Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus" – Acts 4:30

    For His Church

• That God would move among the sick to bring miraculous healing (Acts 5:14-16).

• For Christians to act with persistent compassion to work for the eradication of diseases.

• For Christians to be engaged in providing basic health care where needs are great.

    For Our World

• For the end of HIV/AIDS in our generation. At this time 250,000 young people are infected every month.

• For basic health care to those most needy: Over 30,000 children die daily worldwide from preventable diseases.

Day 9 – Saturday, May 14: The Blessing of Christ

For promised blessing among all peoples

"He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed’" – Acts 3:25

    For His Church

• For Christ to bless His people by turning them from patterns of sin (Acts 3:26).

• For "times of refreshing" to be experienced by believers, compelling them to seek after the presence of the Lord throughout their communities (Acts 3:19-20).

    For Our World

• That Christ would bless our countries with prosperity and abundant life.

• That the peace of the saving presence of God would be experienced by every people group.

Day 10 – Sunday, May 15: The Hope of Christ

For the fulfillment of all God’s promises

"...and that He may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you – even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets" – Acts 3:20-21

    For His Church

• For Christians to live with expectancy for the promises of transformation to be fulfilled in their lifetimes.

• For churches to work together in unity as God continues to fulfill His promises to change lives, cities and nations.

    For Our World

• For the righteousness and justice of God to transform the ways of commerce and politics.

• For the peace of Christ’s kingdom to change the way cities and nations are governed.

• For the joy of Christ’s life to flourish throughout our communities.

Part Two: Pentecost Sunday, May 15

A Global Day of Prayer

    With your local church plan special portions of your Pentecost Sunday morning service to be devoted to prayer. Tune into the broadcast. There is a planned, live, united prayer broadcast, one hour from every continental area (Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and North America). Go to www.globaldayofprayer.com or www.gdopusa.com for information about how to discover times and media in your area. Assemble in public venues. On the afternoon and evening of Pentecost, all over the world, Christians from many diverse streams are planning to gather in large public stadiums, public auditoriums, and open squares. We will gather to worship God in the name of Christ and to pray for the healing and blessing of the nations. Find out about a gathering near you at www.gdopusa.com.

A Prayer for the World

"They lifted their voices to God with one accord..."

– Acts 4:24

    The following prayer was prepared by members of the International Prayer Council. It has been translated in many languages. It will be read in unison at most Global Day of Prayer gatherings.

    Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as a united worldwide Body of believers, we are gathered today to honour and glorify Your Name. We bow before Your throne of grace and acknowledge that You are the Creator of heaven and earth. You existed through all eternity and in You all things hold together. There is no one like You, holy and righteous in all Your ways. We submit to Your authority and sovereignty as the King of the universe and pray with one voice to enthrone You in our hearts and to honour You before the world.

    Congregation: Lord God, You alone are worthy of our praise and adoration. We worship You.

    Our Father in heaven, thank You for loving the world so greatly that You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, so that we could be reconciled to You. Thank You for giving us the right to call You Father, because of our faith in Jesus Christ as our Saviour. Nothing, not even principalities and powers, is able to separate us from Your love, which You demonstrated in Your Son, Jesus Christ.

    Congregation: Thank You Father for adopting us into Your family. We now cry, Abba Father!

    Lord Jesus Christ, You alone are worthy to open the scrolls of history for You were slain and have redeemed us to the Father by Your blood. Thank You for interceding for us as our High Priest. As we stand before You from many tribes and nations, we confess that You are Head of the Church and Lord of every created thing in heaven and on earth. Come and draw followers to serve you from every tribe and language. May these become Your inheritance in every nation of this world. Let Your Kingdom be established in every nation of this world so that governments will rule with righteousness and justice. May Your Gospel be made known to every person on earth. May Your blessing bring transformation amidst every people on earth. And may Your glory cover the earth as the waters cover the seas.

    Congregation: Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that You are our Saviour.

    Father of mercy and grace, we acknowledge that we have sinned and that our world is gripped by the power of sin. Our hearts are grieved by the injustice and hatred, the bloodshed, violence, anger, resentment, racism, oppression, greed and selfishness. We weep because of the loss of innocent lives in war and terrorism, abortion and senseless murders. Our hearts are broken by every rejection of Christ as Lord and Saviour. We come before Your throne of grace and ask for mercy and help. Congregation: God of mercy, please pour out Your grace and forgive us for our sins.

    Spirit of the living God, we confess that we can do nothing apart from You. Living God, on this Pentecost, pour out Your Spirit on all flesh. Empower the Church to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. Release Your power to bring healing to the sick, freedom to the possessed, comfort to those who mourn and release for those who are oppressed. Come and melt the hearts of people to love again. Enfold the weak, the orphans, the widows and elderly in Your arms. Please answer the call of the homeless, the hungry, the helpless and the dying. Display Your mercy and provide for our needs. Give us wisdom and insight in every sphere of life that we will find the answers to the needs of the world. Help us to use the resources of the earth for the well-being of all. Pour Your love into our hearts and fill us with compassion and let the power of the Holy Spirit characterize our lives.

    Congregation: Holy Spirit, we need Your comfort and guidance. Come and transform our hearts.

    Lord Jesus Christ, because You were dead, but are now risen; because the Father has given You a Name above all names, You will defeat all powers of evil. You have declared that the gates of hell will not prevail against Your Church. We pray for deliverance from demonic oppression. We pray for the tearing down of the strongholds and ideologies that hinder and resist the spreading of the knowledge of God. We resist the plan of the enemy to keep nations in darkness and pray that You will remove the veil that covers the peoples. We ask for open doors so that the Gospel can enter into every nation. Restrain the evil that promotes violence and death. Break the hold of slavery and tyranny. Fill us with courage to fearlessly and faithfully preach Your Word. Give us a spirit of intercession to cry on behalf of the lost.

    Congregation: Almighty God, deliver us from evil and the Evil One.

    King of Glory, we invite You to come to the nations of the world. God has promised long ago that You would come to restore all things. We welcome You to finish Your work in our cities, our peoples and our nations. Together we cry, "Lift you Your heads, O you gates. Be lifted up ancient doors! So that the King of Glory may enter in." King of kings, You will be exalted among the nations of the earth. We now join our hearts with all the believers across the whole world, from Africa, from the Middle East, from North and South America, from Asia, from Europe, from Australia and from the Pacific Islands, We lift our voices together in unison:

    Congregation: The Spirit and the Bride say: "Come Lord Jesus." Amen.Ninety Days of Blessing

Becoming the Blessing of Christ

    Anticipating the blessing of cities and communities, The Global Day of Prayer becomes a catalytic moment for the forming or furthering of local alliances among pastors, congregations, mission agencies, and business leaders to bring practical, transformational blessing to their cities and communities. You may find out how Christians throughout America are fulfilling the promise of the"90 Days of Blessing" at www.gdopusa.com.

    Used courtesy of WayMakers in cooperation with the International Prayer Council and the Global Day of Prayer. WayMakers, P.O. Box 203131, Austin, Texas 78720-3131, (512) 419-7729, www.waymakers.org.