Around the world it is primarily women who are on the front lines in defending their families and villages from attacks against Christianity. Often it leads to the ultimate cost for themselves, husbands and children.
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer on the first Friday in March–this year uniting on Friday, March 2.
You can participate in your own home or join others in your church or community at sunrise and it is pretty cool. Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration and prayer. Beginning in Tonga and New Zealand and continuing throughout the day to Asia, Europe, Africa and then North America. It brings the needs of the world, and of the writing country (this year Surinam) in particular, before Almighty God knowing that He will hear and answer us, as we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
For 2018 the effort begins in Surinam. The women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Surinam, are calling people to worship concerning the theme they have prayerfully chosen for 2018 – “All God’s creation is very good!” with a focus on Genesis 1, the story of Creation. Each year a different country’s committee serves as the writers of the World Day of Prayer worship service.
World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical, prayer movement initiated and carried out by Christian women in more than 180 countries and over 1000 languages. Every year Christians of many traditions and all ages, celebrate a common day of prayer on the first Friday in March.
The day takes on special meaning in each country, city or community in which it takes place. For the women of Surinam, with these words as backdrop, people are invited to learn about Surinam’s history and rich cultural diversity and the challenges Christian women face there.
In Surinam, women will share their stories of inter-generational wisdom, traditions, and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance.
The annual offering supports the work of World Day of Prayer USA , and helps meet the needs of families in Surinam and around the world who are adversely affected by abuse of God’s good creation.
World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom.
God invites us to have a prayer relationship with Himself, but He also expects us to have concerned relationships with our neighbors, throughout the world. Prayer must be accompanied by action, as God moves our hearts and directs our thoughts.