May 17-27, 2007
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
– Habakkuk 2:1
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
A rising movement of prayer for renewal and revival has swept across Africa and the earth like an incoming tide. In 2006 approximately 250 million Christians in 198 countries joined in repentance and prayer on the second ever Global Day of Prayer .
On May 27th, from the rising of the sun in the east and across each time zone until it sets, we look forward to joining with many millions across the world responding to this call from God to humble ourselves and pray. As one body we will worship our Lord, celebrate His majestic grace, turn from our sins and offer ourselves as a blessing to the nations.
Isaiah 66:18 says, “And I, because of their actions and their imaginations, am about to come and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see My glory.”
We are excited and expectant to “see His glory” and encourage all Christians from every denomination, church, community and family to join in this special day of repentance and prayer.
Graham Power, Transformation Africa
Bob Bakke, Global Day of Prayer
John Robb, International Prayer Council
All together…in many places
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” — Acts 2:1
All together in many places. As dawn broke on the first Pentecost, Christians were gathered “all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). On this coming Pentecost, many millions of believers will again be all together — but in many places — praying in one accord for the biblical hope of Christ’s glory and the transformation of all nations.
Arising from Africa. At the dawn of the millennium, a small band of believers in Cape Town, South Africa, called others to join them in praying for their city and their nation. In 2001, a stadium full of 45,000 expectant people gathered to seek God in repentance. Soon gatherings like it—all meeting on the same day—multiplied across Africa. In 2004, more than 20 million people prayed at more than 2,000 sites in every country of Africa. Christians of Africa invited believers around the world to join them in the first ever Global Day of Prayer , which drew together an estimated 200 million people on May 15th, 2005.
Across the face of the earth. On June 4, 2006, an estimated 250 million Christians prayed together in 198 countries. The movement continues to spread and to deepen, packing large stadiums, filling the open squares of small villages, surging around the clock and uniting many churches in prayer for Christ’s greater glory and the blessing of all nations.
Ten leading up to One followed by Ninety
We can find inspiration in the three parts to the birth of the Church: ten days of constant prayer leading to Pentecost, one day of prayer witnessed by the whole city, and days of blessing that followed. For these reasons, the Global Day of Prayer has three parts:
Ten days of constant prayer: May 17 – 26, 2007. On Ascension Day, May 17th, millions of Christians will find ways to pray night and day throughout the ten days leading to Pentecost, following the pattern of Christ’s followers before the first Pentecost.
The Global Day of Prayer: May 27, 2007. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians in almost every country will assemble to pray, many in homes and other public venues, many more in stadiums and open squares. Television, radio and internet will help to connect and align our prayers even more.
Ninety days of blessing: May 28 – August 25, 2007. As in the first Pentecost, transformed Christians transform their communities as they offer themselves to God as instruments through which their prayers can be answered. The Global Day of Prayer anticipates the forming or furthering of local alliances among pastors, churches, missions and business leaders, to bring practical, transformational blessing to their communities
Why pray toward a greater Pentecost?
For the Glory of Christ and the Blessing of the Nations
“Gathering them together, He commanded them…to wait for what the Father had promised…
— Acts 1:4
After Jesus was received into heaven, His first followers gathered in an upstairs room to do as Jesus had told them: to wait for “what the Father had promised.” They were praying for more than personal spiritual enrichment. Receiving God’s Spirit was just the beginning of all that God would do in order to finish everything He promised for the entire world
Hope-filled passion for God’s promises. As we listen to what poured out from their hearts in the days that followed Pentecost, we can get an idea of how they prayed during those ten days. They prayed in fervent, hope-filled passion for God to fulfill His promises all over the earth regarding His kingdom. Their prayers sprang from the written Word of God. Christ’s teaching about God’s kingdom had ignited their hope for the advance of Christ’s love and power among all peoples.
Praying onward—toward greater things beyond Pentecost.
As amazed as they were at the wonders of Pentecost, the Acts account says they kept up patterns of persistent praying after Pentecost. If they were with us today, they would likely be praying for God to pour out His Spirit and use His people in even greater ways.
Ten days uniting in continual prayer. Beginning on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 17th, and continuing until Saturday, May 26th, believers around the world will be organizing ways to pray together night and day. Inspired by the example of the first followers who “joined together constantly” in prayer (Acts 1:14), we expect that the ten days between the time of the ascent of Jesus and the descent of His Spirit will be filled with believers praying around the clock and across all time zones. This prayer guide is being translated into many languages so that millions of people around the world will have the same biblical beginning points to pray through these ten days. You won’t be praying alone.
Christ again calls His church to unite in prayer. The great troubles that shake our world compel us to pray. But even more, the tremendous promises of God should move us to pray with urgency and desire. But regardless of how we may be stirred to pray—by great needs or by great hopes—there is a universal conviction in these days that Christ Himself is calling His church to pray. What better way to obey our Lord than to give ourselves to ten days of continual prayer, culminating on the day of Pentecost?