World Day of Prayer

Their motto is: “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.” Their goal is to bring Christian women from every culture, race, and tradition together in prayer and fellowship, understanding and action. 2015’s service was prepared by the women in the Bahamas. 2016’s World Day of Prayer Service will be written by Canadian women.

Never heard of it, you say? In 1887, a few Methodist women called for a week of prayer for foreign missions. Before you knew it, the Baptists, Catholics and every other denomination joined in. So it is that now, every year on the first Friday of March, women from over 170 countries celebrate The World Day of Prayer.

Participants are encouraged to take up one another’s burdens in everything from prayer to care. They believe that faith and works go together. Oh wait! Isn’t that in the Bible somewhere? Ah, yes, here it is! Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. (James 2:19, MSG)

Through the World Day of Prayer, women around the world affirm their faith in Jesus Christ; share their hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, needs and opportunities.

I believe that International Women’s Day owes much of its success to the prayers of women, for women who participate in The World Day of Prayer. If that prayer falters, will we lose all the progress we have made as women?

Next year’s World Day of Prayer Service will be written by Canadian Women. You are invited

Prayer – Lord, when we falter in either faith or works, give us a nudge toward balance… Amen

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