A Call For Repentance And Prayer

    On May 23, God is again calling the nations from the North, South, East and West to embark on this prayer journey for a world in desperate need for His glory and compassionate love. Many Christians will be joining in responding to Godís call in 2 Chronicles 7:14: "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked waysÖI will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sinÖ."

    The Global Day of Prayer has seen millions of Christians unite in praying for their city and their nation. It is expected that the 2010 Global Day of Prayer, scheduled for May 23, will unite millions of believers, gathered in venues from small village squares to large stadiums, repenting and crying out to God for revival with sincere hearts and united hopes.

    Leaders in different parts of the world have found that the Book of Joel has helped many to respond to Godís call to heartfelt repentance. Returning to God because He desires to dwell with us; the repentance Joel describes is not a superficial turning from any particular sinful behaviors. In fact, the gift of repentance is not merely turning from sin; the heart of repentance is turning to God. What matters most in the Book of Joel is that Godís people are dangerously and shamefully distant from Him, whether by their apathy or because of their sin. God opens His heart and calls the people to return to Him.

Ten Days Preceding May 23

    Sponsors of the Global Day of Prayer write that beginning on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 13, and continuing until Saturday, May 22, believers around the world will be organizing ways to pray together night and day. It is expected that the ten days between the time of the ascent of Jesus and the descent of His Spirit will be filled with believers praying around the clock and across all time zones. The prayer guide [beginning in the next column] is being translated into many languages so that millions of people around the world will have the same biblical beginning points to pray through these ten days. What better way to obey our Lord than to give ourselves to ten days of continual prayer, culminating on the Global Day of Prayer on May 23, the Day of Pentecost?