‘Why should we gather to pray on the Global Day of Prayer? Shouldn’t we be praying every day?’
The primary purpose we gather is for the Glory of Christ and the blessing of the nations.
Following the example of the first believers who “joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14) until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Global Day of Prayer is calling Christians from all nations to unite in prayer.
Indeed, the Bible commands us to ‘pray continually’ (1 Thes 5.17 NIV). As a Christian, prayer should be a constant discipline. Consistent, daily, prayer can be likened to food – it sustains us by keeping us, and our lives, connected to God. In this sense we need to pray daily just like we need to eat daily. However, even though we eat regularly there are some special occasions on which we gather for special meals. For example a special family celebration like a birthday, or perhaps a special time of the year, like Christmas. Those meals are more special because we intentionally gather to ‘eat together’.
The Global Day of Prayer is similar to a ‘special family meal’. On this day God calls His family to pray together, in small and large gatherings, all across the globe. The Global Day of Prayer is that one special day in the year where Christians from every tribe and tongue can pray together, humbling themselves and seeking God’s face (2 Chron 7.14).
So if we are praying every day then why should we gather to pray on the Global Day of Prayer?
We should do so because it is a special day, unlike any other, where we can pray with sisters and brothers all over the globe.
“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7: 14)
Remember to plan the 10 days of continued prayer and fasting before and 120 days of generosity after this day.
Ten days of constant prayer: 17 – 26 May 2012. Starting on the 17th, millions of Christians will find ways to pray night and day throughout the ten days leading to the Global Day of Prayer, following the pattern of Christ’s followers before the first Pentecost.
The Global Day of Prayer: 27 May 2012. Christians in many countries will assemble to pray. Many will gather in small groups such as prayer groups, homes, local churches, businesses and some may even assemble in large stadiums and other public venues. In some places, television, radio and internet will help to connect and align our prayers even more.
Ninety days of blessing: 13 June – 10 September 2012. As in the first Pentecost, transformed Christians transform their communities as they offer themselves to God as instruments through which their prayers can be answered. The Global Day of Prayer anticipates the forming or furthering of local alliances among pastors, churches, missions and business leaders, to bring practical, transformational blessing to their communities. This is where prayer becomes a lifestyle.
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