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The Next World Day of Prayer Is March 2, 2018

Updated on June 28, 2017

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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These white Pride of Mobile azaleas in the courtyard of my home church will be blooming about the time of our WDP program.
These white Pride of Mobile azaleas in the courtyard of my home church will be blooming about the time of our WDP program. | Source

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

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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?

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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

The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray: 31 Lessons
The Beautiful Work of Learning to Pray: 31 Lessons

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

These are my prayer beads that I made from freshwater pearls.
These are my prayer beads that I made from freshwater pearls. | Source

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?

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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?

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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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      MariaMontgomery 18 months ago from Central Florida, USA

      Hi Sigi, I'm sorry I took so long to reply. I've been a bit out-of-pocket the last few weeks. I think it's wonderful that six of your churches work together for WDP. I wish more churches and communities did that. You're right about prayer working. I've seen it over and over again. I'm sure you have, too.Thank you for visiting my article.

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      sigi 18 months ago

      We are a small retirement community. Six of our churches participate in a joint WDP service each year. It unites the community. Hope it will continue forever. Prayer helps! You, me, and the others.

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      Pat Hoobin 19 months ago

      We need to be united with other cultures and religions and respect

      one another's beliefs to find peace in our war torn world.

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Hi, tenney oberto, I'm sorry for any confusion. The link to order materials is in my article, but I have put it here just for you. I don't think it is clickable here, but in my article it is. http://www.wdp-usa.org/2015-materials-free-downloa... You can copy this link and paste it into your browser, or go back into my article for the clickable link which is near the end of the 3rd paragraph of my hub.

      Again, I'm sorry for any confusion. Thanks so much for your interest in this very important event.

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      tenney oberto 2 years ago

      Would like to have a packet sent to my mailing address:P.O. box948 walworth,Wisconsin 53184

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @ esmonaco, You're very welcome. I didn't know of it either until I joined United Methodist Women, many years ago. You're so right: prayer is a wonderful and powerful tool. We always have something to be thankful for, right? Thank you for visiting.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks for the information, as I had no idea this day existed. Prayer is a wonderful and powerful tool, I find myself thanking God every day for something.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @junecampbell: It truly is a wonderful thing. I'm so glad you enjoyed this lens. Thank you for the squidlike and your comment. See you around Squidoo.

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I had not known there was such a day, but it surely sounds like a wonderful thing. Thanks for helping to spread the information about it.

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      Tracy Arizmendi 3 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Great article! Very well written and informative. Thank you for sharing the history of this important day.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @Charito1962: I think so, too, Charito. Thanks so much for your squidlike, and for your thoughtful comment on this lens.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @favored: Unfortunately, you're right about that. The church we recently joined has made no mention of it. I can't imagine a United Methodist church that doesn't observe this day, so, fully expecting the day to be honored, I didn't bring it up in time to organize anything. Live and learn, I guess. Thanks so much for the squidlike and for your comment.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I've learned that in good and bad times, we must pray UNCEASINGLY. When we can no longer do things humanly, we abandon them in God's hands and He takes over from there. Based on my personal experience, prayer solves most of my problems!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Glad to see this here. Not many people know about or participate in this event.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @Coffee-Break: I'm so glad you found it, too, and want to mark that day. Thank you for the squidlike and for such a nice comment. See you around Squidoo.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I didn't know the world day of prayer existed, I'm glad I found your lens. I'll make sure I'll mark it in my calendar. I will try to promote the day on social media circles, a few days before.

      Cheers

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @ideadesigns: You're welcome. It's a wonderful event. Thanks so much for your comment and for the thumbs up on this lens.

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      Didn't know about this event, thanks for sharing the good news!

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you so much. You're right, it does. I learn more everyday about how prayer positively affects lives. Thank you for visiting my lens, and for your nice comment.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I love this lens. Prayer really does increase faith, our adherence to God's will, and the blessings He gives us.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I am not a Christian but I always participate fully in World Prayer Day because it is a day for all peoples and cultures and beliefs of the world to unite the vibrations of their prayerful thoughts. Thank you for this beautiful countdown alerting folks to the nearing of that day.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @anonymous: What a wonderful idea! A great way to encourage prayer among others. Thank you for visiting this lens, and for such a nice comment. Grace and peace to you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sometimes I would do a favour for people and they would ask me what I wanted in return. I would always ask them to pray for me...its not that I wanted anything, I just thought that if I could help them draw closer in conversation to God they might be blessed. I think anything that encourages people to draw closer to God in Christ is a good thing...and for some people, even encouraging one day, could be just what they need to intiate a more regular conversation with God.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @mecheshier: You're very welcome. It was a really nice lens.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      PS I tried to contact you via Squidoo email to thanks you for liking my Green Tea lens, but I kept getting an error message. So, Thanks liking my lens! It is well appreciated

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. Thank you for all your inspirational prayers and suggestions

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @rattie lm: I think you have something there...

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Every day should be a day of prayer. Perhaps we then would have a calmer society..

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      @choosehappy: It certainly will. Unlike Christmas, though, I will be ready. Thank you so much for the angel blessing, squidlike and comment on this lens. All are appreciated.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Nice reminder! It'll be here before you know it--time flies ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice thoughts!