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World Day of Prayer Is Celebrated Annually on the First Friday in March

Maria is a Master Gardener, public health educator, grant-writer, artist, photographer, editor, & proofreader. She lives in coastal Alabama.

This is the logo for the World Day of Prayer.

This is the logo for the World Day of Prayer.

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.

A Symbol of Unity Around the World

A Symbol of Unity Around the World

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.
Hands around the world united in prayer

Hands around the world united in prayer

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.

Stained glass praying hands

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, 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.

Dogwoods usually bloom around easter.

Dogwoods usually bloom around easter.

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.

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.

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.

The World Day of Prayer logo

The World Day of Prayer logo

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

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

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.

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.

Questions & Answers

Question: Where can we get World Day of Prayer program materials?

Answer: You can go to the WDP website, shown in this article to order materials.

Question: How do I secure a program for World Day of Prayer 2019?

Answer: 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.

© 2012 MariaMontgomery

Did You Know About World Day of Prayer?

Tokaikolo MAUI on March 04, 2020:

Thank you,

I LIVE COUNTY OF MAUI ,WE LOOKING FORWARD MARCH 6/2020 WE HAVE 8 CHURCH WE PLAN TO GET TOGETHER ,THIS FRIDAY ,THANK YOU FOR ALL THE PRAYER ,GOD BLESS YOU ALL

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 28, 2020:

Unfortunately, as I added current and future information, the past info was deleted. You may be able to find them on the WDP website mentioned in my article. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Thanks for visiting.

gloria engel on February 27, 2020:

i am looking for your previous themes of women world day of prayer

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 25, 2020:

The link to the WDP International website is in my article, but I will put it here for you: https://worlddayofprayer.net/index.html

It may be too late to order materials, as WDP is barely over a week away. As I mentioned in my article, another option is to print the materials directly from the website. I'm so glad you are planning a program for this very important day. Enjoy it, and thank you for visiting my article.

Dolores Harris on February 25, 2020:

Can we get help or resources we plan do this in our Women’s ministry and would like to involve our community

Mary Augustine Vasssumu on January 23, 2019:

I love this programme and wants to fully participate in it

Kate Koosmann on May 28, 2018:

Our small community just had our first world day of prayer yesterday at 4pm in the local park. It was great. We collected $62.00 from our get together and I am wondering where do I send this money to help with the next world day of prayer?

Thank You

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on March 07, 2018:

Here's the cickable link from my article. http://www.wdp-usa.org/materials/

Margaret Heyde on March 01, 2018:

I have known about it for years; however, I have never sought out resources for it. It's in my lap tomorrow..

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 13, 2018:

I don't know, but I bet there are. Use the link in my article to get to the WDP site. It will take you to the page for ordering materials, but you can navigate throughout their site from there. Thanks for visiting my article.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 13, 2018:

I have now added a link for ordering 2018 materials. Thanks so much for reading my article.

Ronelle Pienaar on February 07, 2018:

In Grootfontein Namibia, all women of all denominations are praying together with the use of the programme on the first Friday of March for 15 years now, but this year up till now I am struggling to get hold of the official program! Time is of the essence and there is no time to post it to me anymore, where can I download it!?

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 31, 2018:

Rachel, I'm sorry I didn't have more for you. I have edited my article and added 2 links for the materials. This link will take you to a page where you have the option of downloading free materials, or pre-printed-materials, or paid downloads: http://www.wdp-usa.org/store/ I hope you will find this helpful.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 28, 2018:

I'm afraid that what I wrote is about all I know. I did include links to the WDP site where there is lots more info, and a place to order the materials. Thank you so much for visiting my article.

rachel sebina on January 22, 2018:

please tell me more about the international women's day of prayer.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on December 07, 2017:

Thank you for visiting my article. I am not working with the people who produce the materials. I simply wrote about World Day of Prayer. The materials must be ordered directly from their website. You can get there by clicking the link at the end of the 2nd paragraph of my article. When you go to their website, look across the tabs for the one that says "materials", and click it.

t55kalifa@yahoo.com on November 22, 2017:

I would like to participate in this program, I'm the women leader in our church, and our women community including Alaska CCCAS & Seattle/Tacoma, WA CCCAS Women Fellowship so we are aware of praying not for us and our community but for others around the world. We are part of the CCC of American Samoa. We participate every year in the world day of prayer. Thank you.

Angelika. Bajo on August 23, 2017:

A day for every women gathering to pray to their almighty GOD

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 16, 2016:

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.

sigi on February 09, 2016:

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.

Pat Hoobin on January 12, 2016:

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

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 05, 2015:

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.

tenney oberto on February 03, 2015:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on November 09, 2014:

@ 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.

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on November 09, 2014:

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.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on July 24, 2014:

@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.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 24, 2014:

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.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 28, 2014:

@tracy-arizmendi: You're welcome. It is something close to my heart. Thank you for your comment, and for the squidlike.

Tracy Arizmendi from Northern Virginia on April 27, 2014:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on March 06, 2014:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on March 06, 2014:

@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.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on February 22, 2014:

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!

Fay Favored from USA on February 13, 2014:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 30, 2014:

@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.

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on January 30, 2014:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 16, 2014:

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

ideadesigns on January 14, 2014:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on November 11, 2013:

@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.

TanoCalvenoa on October 15, 2013:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 30, 2013:

@sierradawn lm: You're welcome. This is a very important day to me, too, so thank you for observing it. I really want all cultures to be able to co-exist. God must be so disappointed in his children for all the fighting that goes on in his world. Maybe someday ... Anyway, thank you for visiting my lens, for the squidlike, and for your comment. All are appreciated.

sierradawn lm on August 30, 2013:

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.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 08, 2013:

@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.

anonymous on June 08, 2013:

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.

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 23, 2013:

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

mecheshier on January 28, 2013:

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

mecheshier on January 28, 2013:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 19, 2013:

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

rattie lm on January 19, 2013:

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

MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 18, 2013:

@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.

Vikki from US on January 16, 2013:

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

anonymous on January 12, 2013:

Nice thoughts!

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