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Using social media to involve others in the Global Day of Prayer

Using social media to involve others in the Global Day of Prayer

We were just talking in our office about a recent article: Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) London calls for 50,000 twitter followers to tweet the Lord’s Prayer. London started a Twitter campaign fifty days ahead of the Global Day of Prayer “to encourage more Christians to pray for the United Kingdom.” Twitter.com/GDOPLondon One way you can be involved and include others in the Global Day of Prayer is go to online to read the daily prayers for June 2-12. After you read a prayer and pray, just click the Facebook or Twitter icon at the bottom to share it with your friends. The sharing icons at the bottom of the pages look like this: If you think you might forget to go to the website every day, you can have the prayers sent to you. All you need to do is subscribe to the GDOP USA blog by E-mail or RSS feed. You will get an e-mail daily (or see it in your RSS reader) after the new post is available. And again, just click the Facebook or Twitter icon at the end of the prayer to share it with your friends. You can even leave your own comments or prayers on the blog for others to see! To subscribe to the blog and have the prayers sent to you, click this image: The Global Day of Prayer calls Christians from all nations to unite in repentance and prayer, and to collaborate as God’s instruments for the blessing and healing of the nations....

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International Broadcast from Jacksonville, FL

International Broadcast from Jacksonville, FL

The international broadcast of Global Day of Prayer will be brought to us from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, June 11 at 6:30-9:00PM EDT from “God TV” and other networks to be announced soon. The schedule is still being worked out for the rebroadcast on Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011.  To find out the latest details on how and where to tune in, go to www.gdopusa.com/broadcast or www.god.tv/tunein. In conjunction with the broadcast, First Coast Global Day of Prayer is hosting two conferences just prior to the broadcast. Find out more about the International GDOP Conferences— “Foundations for Transformation” and the “Worship 1st” conferences on June 9-10, 2011.  www.fcgdop.org....

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Why ten days of prayer?

Why ten days of prayer?

We understand the value of gathering before God in repentance and prayer on the Global Day of Prayer. But why pray for ten days before the GDOP? Since we gather on Pentecost, it is easy to recall the upper room prayer meeting. They prayed continually for ten days. They weren’t praying about any particular problems or needs. They were praying toward some of the great things that God had promised. And that’s what we’ll be praying during the ten days of prayer this year, from Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 11. Organizing and encouraging ten days of united prayer is easier with a prayer guide with simple, relevant prayer points. A prayer guide can help people to pray on their own or gather in churches, at work or at home. A surge of momentum has exhausted our supplies of the 16-page, color format of the prayer guide. On our website we have made available a simple black and white version that can be photocopied on two sides of one sheet of paper. We just put it up today, so take a look.www.gdopusa.com/prayer-guide Another way to equip others is to send them an email containing a link that will take them to the prayer points of the day. Find the daily topic in an easy-to-access format on our website. www.gdopusa.com/june-2-12-2011-daily-prayers Please encourage the leadership of your church to use 7 to 8 minutes of your Sunday morning services on June 12 reading through “A Prayer for the World.” This powerful prayer is available in an easily photocopied format, or in powerpoint slides. www.gdopusa.com/a-prayer-for-the-world For His glory, Stephanie TuckerGlobal Day of Prayer USA Website: www.gdopusa.comBlog: www.gdopusa.com/blogFacebook: www.facebook.com/GDOPUSATwitter: www.twitter.com/gdopusa(512)...

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Take 7 minutes

Take 7 minutes

The number of ways to join in with the thousands of other Global Day of Prayer gatherings is great.  One simple suggestion for a church to join in during their Sunday services on June 12, 2011, is to set aside just 7 minutes—even better, 10 minutes. Here is what is involved: –Take 1 minute to give everyone a sense of the global nature of the GDOP. Announce that we are joining our prayers with millions of others around the world. By the time we begin, most of the world will have already lifted their prayers. In the USA, we are honored to offer the “Amen” to the prayers of so many. –Take 3 minutes to show the 2011 video.  It offers a visual affirmation to the announcement just made. (optional) –Take 6 minutes to lead the congregation to pray in unison through “A Prayer for the World.”  This is the one thing that links every gathering around the world so that we can gather locally but pray globally.  We are praying together with the world and adding our prayer to theirs....

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Encouragement from Canada

Encouragement from Canada

I received a very encouraging email from our friend who organizes the Greater Toronto Global Day of Prayer. Linda Ferrante says, “To date we have 12 sites in the Toronto area with more coming along every day. We also go to the highest place in the city – the CN Tower (Canada’s National Tower) – to pray the Saturday before to declare God’s purposes in our city. We also ask God to bless our American brothers and sisters as we can see the American shoreline from the tower.” She goes on to say, “I encourage you and everyone involved with GDOP to continue to persevere in prayer. Our world, our nations, our cities, our neighborhoods and our families need to press in to seek the Father’s face!!” Thank you, Linda, for your prayers and the exciting update....

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Question of the Day

Question of the Day

I just got off the phone with a Global Day of Prayer coordinator in Virginia Beach inquiring if I could get prayer guides to him by Friday, May 20. That seems to be the question of the day because I have gotten the same request from others.  By getting the prayer guides this week, Doug has two Sundays to distribute the guides to those who will be participating in the ten days of prayer beginning June 2. May 29 is the last Sunday before the ten days of prayer kick off.  Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011, is the Global Day of Prayer. These are important dates to keep in mind if you are heading up prayer in your church or community. Not sure about the ten days? Check out the article “Mobilizing for the Ten Days” which includes numerous models to help you get started.  Or, incorporate some of your own creative way to pray with others during the ten days. Remember that the Global Day of Prayer is a call to encounter God with many others so that God can change us and bring forth all that He desires among the nations....

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GDOP is not about an event!

GDOP is not about an event!

The Global Day of Prayer is not about an event. It is more about gathering Christians to worship God, seek His face and intercede for the transformation of our city and the nations. Remember that the process of deepening relationship between leaders and people of different churches is far more important than the actual event. We must keep the main thing the main thing—which is Jesus. He is our focus whether at the prayer gathering or in the planning process....

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Being intentional

Being intentional

I talk with a lot of leaders as well as everyday folks about what they are doing to engage others in sustainable life-giving prayer in their churches and cities. The most successful ideas are not novel or random. But instead, they are intentional ideas that are sewn thoughtfully. Of course, not every idea lands on fertile ground and may lay dormant for a while. The thing to remember is that fresh seed must be cast in our churches and cities. One pastor told me that he always orders extra prayer guides to give to other pastors in his neighborhood (which means he will have to visit them). Consider inviting just two other churches to pray with you on Pentecost. One group of churches in a small city went to every home in the city to pass out a prayer guide and to personally invite their neighbors to join them. Have you ever considered praying early in the morning before service? In Waco, Texas they will meet for breakfast at a café at 6:30am before walking across the street to a park to pray. You might like to gather to pray outdoors. This is a great way to attract pre-Christians who may be apprehensive about church buildings....

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