The Next World Day of Prayer Is March 2, 2018
On March 2, 2018, People Worldwide Will Again Unite in Prayer
Recognizing that prayer and action go hand-in-hand, women know joint prayer can be effective. Planning for World Day of Prayer, 2018, at both the national and global levels are in full swing. The next WDP is March 2, 2018. This is very special day is celebrated on the first Friday in March each year. This is a worldwide movement of Christian women that began in the U.S. and Canada in the 19th century, and became worldwide in 1927. The continuing motto for this very special day is "Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action". It's time to begin your local planning, if you haven't already done so.
This day is no longer celebrated only by women; many men and children participate, too. Each year, on this day, Christians of many cultures, traditions, and races, in over 170 countries around the world unite in prayer. Of course, all people are always welcome and encouraged to participate. You can learn more by clicking on this link: World Day of Prayer USA.
Program materials for 2018 will be designed by the women of Suriname -- they are working on them now. The theme for for 2018 is "All God's Creation is Very Good" Put WDP 2018 on your church and/or community calendars now. Program materials must be ordered through the WDP website or through your church or women's organization.
A Symbol of Unity
Prayer and Action Are Inseparable
On World Day of Prayer, people all around the world will unite to:
- affirm their belief and faith in Christ;
- be enriched by the experiences of other Christians, their countries & cultures;
- pray for and/or with others for the burdens of others;
- become more aware of their own talents, and to be encouraged to use them in Christian service;
- develop awareness of the world as a whole, and to understand and appreciate that God loves all people everywhere.
Hands Around the World United in Prayer
A Link to Some Information You May Need
Grouped by Languages Spoken
At this website for the International Committee, you will find links and web addresses for all the National Committees for World Day of Prayer. On that site, the national committees are grouped by languages; for example, all the English-speaking countries are listed together, the Spanish-speaking countries are listed together, etc.
Stained Glass Praying Hands
One Church's Plans for World Day of Prayer
My former home church, Hueytown First United Methodist, just west of Birmingham, AL, USA, created a schedule for people to sign up to be in prayer so that, for 24 hours, at least one of us was in prayer on this date. Great effort was taken to ensure that someone was in the prayer room or chapel around the clock on this date. As a safety precaution, we requested that men, or men and women together, be scheduled for the nighttime hours, so that no woman was alone in our large church building overnight.
Sign-up time slots were anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. Many, however, are unable to leave their homes or offices. They, too, signed up to be in prayer from their homes or offices. There is great power in prayer, especially when people everywhere are united in prayer at the same time.
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One City's Observance of WDP
I recently learned from a friend of her former city's observance of WDP. It seems the whole city joined together, all the churches of various denominations, city hall, etc. It was a day-long event with speakers, singing, and of course, food, lots of food. What a wonderful way to bring people together. I applaud them. More cities and countries should do this. What a difference it could make it the lives of all of us.
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Church Women United Will Host a Program for WDP
At the church where I now belong, there is an active organization of Church Women United. They will be holding an observance of World Day of Prayer this year on March 6, 2015. Our unit of United Methodist Women will host the event at our church. I am anxious to see the program they have planned for our community.
The World Day of Prayer Logo
History of the Logo for World Day of Prayer
This very unique logo was created by women of Ireland, and adopted as the international symbol for World Day of Prayer in 1982. It is a design with symbols meaningful to many cultures superimposed on one another. Some of those symbols are the circle and the Celtic cross, arrows from north, south, east, and west converging as if toward the center of a compass, and persons kneeling in prayer, all superimposed on a globe. These symbols simultaneously indicate unity and diversity.
Does your women's organization or your church participate in World Day of Prayer?
Future Dates -- Countries of Focus -- and Program Themes
March 1, 2019 -- Slovenia -- Come, Everything is Ready
March 6, 2020 -- Zimbabwe -- Rise, Take up your Mat and Walk
March 5, 2021 -- Vanuatu -- Build on a Strong Foundation
This little book taught me more about prayer in one reading than I had learned over a lifetime. It was given to me by our former minister when I asked if he had any materials about prayer. I treasure this book, and re-read it from time to time.
Pearl Prayer Beads
My Prayer Beads
Prayer beads are not required for Protestant Christians, but I have found that they help me to stay focused. It is so easy to let your mind wander to other things such as what you need to do today, what will you make for dinner, whether that report will be done on time; the list is endless. Having something meaningful to me, to hold in my hands, helps me to focus. If you have problems staying focused, especially if prayer and meditation are new to you, you may want to try using prayer beads.
Do you have a daily time of prayer / meditation?
Taking time from your day, preferably your morning, to chat with God, and especially to listen, just listen, can change your entire day. You will find that it can change your attitude, and that your day will go much more smoothly because you began on a positive note.
If you have a daily time of prayer / meditation, have you found it to have changed your life in any way?
Thank you for visiting. If you did not already know about this special day, I hope you found it both informative and helpful. I also hope it has inspired you to participate in this very important worldwide day of prayer.
Please leave your comments, and let me know you dropped by for a visit. I encourage you to recognize World Day of Prayer in your own way, or to start (or participate in) a recognition program at your own church or synagogue. Grace and peace to you. -- Mia
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