World Day of Prayer Is Celebrated Annually on the First Friday in March
People Worldwide Unite in Prayer
Recognizing that prayer and action go hand-in-hand is what World Day of Prayer is all about. Planning for World Day of Prayer at both the national and global levels is in full swing. The next WDP is March 6th, 2020. This 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.
Program materials for 2020 are being designed by the women of Zimbabwe. The theme for 2020 is "Rise! Take your Mat and Walk". Put WDP 2020 on your church and/or community calendar now. Program materials must be ordered through the WDP website shown below.
What Happens on World Day of Prayer?
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, and cultures;
- pray for and/or with others for the burdens of others;
- become more aware of their own talents and 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.
A Link to Some Information You May Need
At the website for the WDP International Committee, you will find links and web addresses for all of 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, all the Spanish-speaking countries are listed together, etc.
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, were 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.
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.
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 usually hold an observance of World Day of Prayer. I am anxious to see the program they have planned for our community.
History of the Logo for World Day of Prayer
This beautifully 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.
Future Dates, Countries of Focus, and Program Themes Through 2026
- 2020 — Zimbabwe: Rise, Take up your Mat, and Walk
- 2021—Vanuatu: Build on a Strong Foundation
- 2022 — England, Wales, and Northern Ireland: I Know the Plans I Have for You
- 2023 — Taiwan: I Have Heard About Your Faith
- 2024 — Palestine: I Beg You…. Bear With One Another in Love
- 2025 — Cook Islands: I Made You Wonderful
- 2026 — Nigeria: I Will Give You Rest: Come
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.
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.
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.
Feel free to 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.
Does your women's organization or your church participate in World Day of Prayer?
Questions & Answers
Where can we get World Day of Prayer program materials?
You can go to the WDP website, shown in this article to order materials.Helpful 22
How do I secure a program for World Day of Prayer 2019?
The link to the WDP website in this article will have a link to order program materials. You can download the materials and print them yourself, or you can order pre-printed materials.Helpful 10
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