The Global Day of Prayer, held on Pentecost Sunday since 2001, will be on May 27 this year. It is an amazing coming together by believers around the world to beseech God to reach, heal, transform their lands.
In July 2000 God captured the heart of a South African Christian businessman, Graham Power, with a vision based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. The vision had three clear instructions:
To call Christians from all denominations in Cape Town for a Day of Repentance and Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium.
To challenge Christians across the rest of South Africa to unite in a Day of Repentance and Prayer.
To challenge Christians in Southern Africa to unite in a Day of Repentance and Prayer.
In March of 2001 more than 45 000 Christians united for a Day of Repentance and Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town. It was a day of intense intercession that transformed lives and was reflected in a changing city in the months to come. Testimonies of transformation caused the vision to be spread into the rest of South Africa and planning immediately started for similar prayer gatherings in 8 provinces of South Africa for 2002.
From that beginning, the Day of Prayer spread to all of Africa, and then to the rest of the nations of the world. Growing and expanding each year, until in 2010 millions around the world met in arenas and stadiums and churches in 220 nations.
The focus has now shifted to an emphasis on pervasive prayer in and for every nation, with gatherings in churches and homes, rather than in large events.
The Organizing Committee extends this invitation to all of us: Please join the world for the Global Day of Prayer on 27 May 2012 and may we see the fulfillment of Hab. 2:14: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
The Global Day of Prayer actually began yesterday, May 17, with 10 days of focused prayer, then intense prayer on Pentecost Sunday, followed by 90 days of blessing the nations. More information is available here, and a Prayer Guide for these three phases of the Global Day of Prayer can be found here.
You can be a part of this beautiful prayer gathering on your own, in your church, with your small group—knowing that brothers and sisters around the world are on their knees at the same time. God loves to answer our prayers, and He loves when His children come together as one.
I have participated personally on my own for the past several years and have the loved the time before God, and with followers of Jesus all over the world.
Will you join us?