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The Global Day of Prayer – June 12, 2011

The Global Day of Prayer – June 12, 2011

“A Prayer for the World” This prayer will be read in unison at every Global Day of Prayer gathering on Sunday June 12, 2011.   The Global Day of Prayer – Sunday June 12, 2011 “A Prayer for the World” Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Together with believers all over the world, we gather today to glorify Your Name. You are the Creator of heaven and earth. There is no one like You, holy and righteous in all Your ways. We submit to Your authority as the King of the universe. We pray with one voice to enthrone You in our hearts and to honor You before the world. Lord God, You alone are worthy of our praise and adoration. Our Father in heaven, Thank You for loving the world so greatly. You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins so that we could be reconciled to You. We are grateful to call You Father and to be called Your children. Nothing can separate us from Your love. Thank You Father, for adopting us into Your family because of Jesus Christ our Savior. Lord Jesus Christ, You alone are worthy to open the scrolls of history, for You were slain and have redeemed us to the Father by Your blood. We confess that You are Head of the Church and Lord of all heaven and earth. May people from every tribe and language become Your followers so that Your blessing brings transformation among all peoples. Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world so that governments will rule with righteousness and justice. And may Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its setting. Jesus Christ, You are the Savior of the world and the Lord of all. Father of mercy and grace, We acknowledge that we have sinned and that our world is gripped by the power of sin. Our hearts are grieved by injustice, hatred and violence. We are shamed by oppression, racism and bloodshed in our land. We mourn all loss of life in murder, war and terrorism. Our homes are broken and our churches are divided by rebellion and pride. Our lives are polluted by selfishness, greed, idolatry and sexual sin. We have grieved Your heart and brought shame to Your Name. Have mercy on us as we repent with all our hearts. God of mercy, forgive our sins. Pour out Your grace and heal our land. Spirit of the living God, Apart from You, we can do nothing. Transform Your Church into the image of Jesus Christ. Release Your power to bring healing...

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Day 10 – Glorify

Day 10 – Glorify

  DAY 10 – Saturday June 11, 2011…for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. Glorify• that signs of Christ’s kingdom will so fill the earth that many will be moved to celebrate the hope of His coming.• that Christ’s power will be seen in the humility and compassionate service of His people.• that Jesus would be honored openly, worshiped extravagantly and glorified globally. Days 9 – 10a call to REVEAL“I will pour out my Spirit on all people… And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”    — Joel 2:28, 32 Read Joel 2:28-32 and consider how these promises could be fulfilled in greater ways than ever before. Turn to God with expectancy. He is about to advance His purpose to reveal His salvation globally. Even during days of dreadful shaking and difficulty, He will pour out His Spirit so that people all over the earth—elders and children, poor and rich, men and women— will resound with the call of God. From every race and in every place, people will hear and speak of God’s call. Many will be saved to the glory of His name. If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 9 – Overcome

Day 9 – Overcome

  DAY 9 – Friday June 10, 2011…but deliver us from evil… Overcome• that God would restrain Satanic powers, revealing the truth of the Gospel, liberating many people to follow Christ.• that people would be delivered from idolatry, witchcraft, demonic oppression and depression.• for Christ to break powers of darkness which corrupt and dominate businesses, governments and cities. Days 9 – 10a call to REVEAL“I will pour out my Spirit on all people… And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”    — Joel 2:28, 32 Read Joel 2:28-32 and consider how these promises could be fulfilled in greater ways than ever before. Turn to God with expectancy. He is about to advance His purpose to reveal His salvation globally. Even during days of dreadful shaking and difficulty, He will pour out His Spirit so that people all over the earth—elders and children, poor and rich, men and women— will resound with the call of God. From every race and in every place, people will hear and speak of God’s call. Many will be saved to the glory of His name.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 8 – Lead

Day 8 – Lead

  DAY 8 – Thursday June 9, 2011…And lead not into temptation… Lead• for Christians to be filled with such love and zeal to please God that they are unmoved by enticements of materialism and sexual perversity.• for God’s people to continue walking in the light of His ways and wisdom in order to fulfill His purposes throughout the earth.• that Christ would guide leaders of business, education and government so that the curse of corruption would be overcome throughout cities and entire economies. Days 7 – 8a call to CELEBRATE“You will have plenty to eat and…praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.”    — Joel 2:26 (NASB) Read Joel 2:23-27. When God’s people return to Him with all their heart, there is promise of tangible changes and great joy in their communities. Where there has been the curse of oppressive poverty, God desires to bring forth an abundance so that many will gratefully praise His name. An even greater spectacle will be God making His home in the midst of His people. He will act wondrously in both goodness and power, surprising the world by revealing His presence among His people.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 7 – Reconcile

Day 7 – Reconcile

  DAY 7 – Wednesday June 8, 2011…as we forgive those who sin against us… Reconcile• to break the cycles of resentment, revenge and racism so that relationships are restored.• for signs of Christ’s reconciling power in the midst of militarized conflict, revealing God’s desire to end all wars.• to restore relationships between women and men, to bring reconciliation in marriages and to renew relationships of children with their parents.• for those who suffer for the name of Christ to endure persecution in the Spirit and grace of Christ. Days 7 – 8a call to CELEBRATE“You will have plenty to eat and…praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.”    — Joel 2:26 (NASB) Read Joel 2:23-27. When God’s people return to Him with all their heart, there is promise of tangible changes and great joy in their communities. Where there has been the curse of oppressive poverty, God desires to bring forth an abundance so that many will gratefully praise His name. An even greater spectacle will be God making His home in the midst of His people. He will act wondrously in both goodness and power, surprising the world by revealing His presence among His people.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 6 – Forgive

Day 6 – Forgive

  DAY 6 – Tuesday June 7, 2011…Forgive us our sins… Forgive• for the Spirit of God to move on the hearts of men and women so that they will be able to see how God is grieved and how their lives are being destroyed by sin.• for the Spirit of God to empower people to abandon patterns of sin and find grace to renounce allegiance to powers of darkness.• for recognition of and repentance from sins that bring about war, poverty and injustice. Days 5 – 6a call to HOPE“Then the LORD will be jealous…and take pity on His people…Be not afraid…be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things.”    — Joel 2:18, 21 Read Joel 2:18-22. We can be zealous to repent because God is so jealous for His name and for His people. Because of God’s great love, our repenting should be bold and fearless. Our God will contend with the forces that devastate our communities. As great as the evil may be, God will do even greater things. Such hope brings joy as we sincerely turn to God, knowing that He desires to bring great goodness throughout the earth, transforming our cities, restoring our economies and healing our lands.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you:1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 5 – Provide

Day 5 – Provide

  DAY 5 – Monday June 6, 2011…Give us this day our daily bread… Provide• for the basic needs of food, water and health care for the poor, for the sick, for refugees and for children.• that God’s people would become, by His Spirit’s help, agents of healing and change, bringing forth the abundance, justice and peace that God desires.• for God’s people to break patterns of poverty in their communities, fulfilling God’s promise of blessing amidst all peoples.• for Christians to act with compassion and persistence to eradicate diseases and to serve well in the aftermath of epidemics such as HIV/AIDS. Days 5 – 6a call to HOPE“Then the LORD will be jealous…and take pity on His people…Be not afraid…be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things.”    — Joel 2:18, 21 Read Joel 2:18-22. We can be zealous to repent because God is so jealous for His name and for His people. Because of God’s great love, our repenting should be bold and fearless. Our God will contend with the forces that devastate our communities. As great as the evil may be, God will do even greater things. Such hope brings joy as we sincerely turn to God, knowing that He desires to bring great goodness throughout the earth, transforming our cities, restoring our economies and healing our lands.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 4 – Transform

Day 4 – Transform

  DAY 4 – Sunday June 5, 2011…and may Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven… Transform• for God’s people to bring the influence and blessing of Christ into every aspect of commerce, arts, education and governance in ways that bring lasting transformation.• for God’s wisdom to be upon our government leaders, bringing changes that increase righteousness and justice.• for the righteousness, peace and joy of Christ’s kingdom to be a reality by the power of the Holy Spirit. Days 3 – 4a call to GATHER“Gather the people…and let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O LORD…’ Why should the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’”    — Joel 2:16-17 (NASB) Read Joel 2:15-17. To repent as a people we must come before God together. He wants to encounter us as a people. That’s why He’s summoning us to break normal routines in order to assemble before Him in gatherings large and small. It’s a time to interrupt daily habits of life, fasting from our normal diet, even moving from familiar rituals of worship to assemble in special ways. Why this urgency? Because something great is at stake for God’s glory. Let’s allow our hearts to be grieved by what we, as God’s people, have done to bring shame upon His name. To the watching world, it can appear as if we have no God. Consider what brings sorrow to the heart of God, and pray that He will transform us to bring Him the glory He deserves.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 3 – Rule

Day 3 – Rule

  DAY 3 – Saturday June 4, 2011…May Your kingdom come… Rule • for many to be drawn by the power of the gospel to submit their lives to Jesus Christ, in order to love and follow Him as King. • for Christ’s followers to walk in the fullness of God’s Spirit so that they can live in the likeness of Christ. • for the Lordship of Christ to influence every part of our cities and societies. Days 3 – 4a call to GATHER“Gather the people…and let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O LORD…’ Why should the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’”    — Joel 2:16-17 (NASB) Read Joel 2:15-17. To repent as a people we must come before God together. He wants to encounter us as a people. That’s why He’s summoning us to break normal routines in order to assemble before Him in gatherings large and small. It’s a time to interrupt daily habits of life, fasting from our normal diet, even moving from familiar rituals of worship to assemble in special ways. Why this urgency? Because something great is at stake for God’s glory. Let’s allow our hearts to be grieved by what we, as God’s people, have done to bring shame upon His name. To the watching world, it can appear as if we have no God. Consider what brings sorrow to the heart of God, and pray that He will transform us to bring Him the glory He deserves.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Day 2 GDOP and “Yet even now” moments

Day 2 GDOP and “Yet even now” moments

It’s Day 2 of the GDOP season of continual prayer. You can find the topic here: www.gdopusa.com/june-3-2011 The prayer points are all about the uppermost passion and purpose of God: That He would be known so that He can be loved. Ask God to do something great for His name in your city, in the lives of your friends/family, in the relationships and work of missionaries, and really, just about everywhere. You’ll notice after the points that there is a selection from chapter 2 of Joel. A couple years ago, the circle of people giving leadership to the Global Day of Prayer in different parts of the world kept hearing about movements that the Holy Spirit had focused on Joel 2. So we put some things together from Joel 2 with the idea of praying our way toward a greater Pentecost. Remember that Joel 2 is the prophecy that Peter said was being fulfilled, in part, on the first Pentecost morning. To make the best sense of the words we wrote about Joel, read all of the verses for the day (Joel 2:12-14), not just the verse that we had room to print in the prayer guide. Well, I guess I can make that easy for you today. Here it is: From Joel 2: [2:12] Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; [2:13] And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil. [2:14] Who knows whether He will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him, even a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? May God bring about a “Yet even now” moment of turning for many. Repentance is a wondrous gift. It is not a ritual or procedure that produces automatic results. Verses 13-14 reveal the relational marvel of our God: He never fails to be gracious and abounding in love, but we cannot make Him out to be an automatic forgiveness machine. He chooses the times and ways of restoring His presence and the and magnitude of His fullness that He will bring. At least that’s how I read verse 14. You may wonder about the grain and drink offerings. What’s that all about? These kind of worship gifts were often offered to celebrate the abundance and blessing of God. So Joel is saying that God may go way beyond merely forgiving us. He may overwhelm us with fresh abundance that enables us to worship Him with abundant, unfettered joy of being near the One to whom we belong. When...

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Day 2 – Reveal

Day 2 – Reveal

  DAY 2 – Friday June 3, 2011…sanctify Your name… Reveal• for the truth of God’s character to be exalted and honored.• for God to distinguish Himself from every false god and to expose every false thing spoken about Him.• for the word of God to be proclaimed in every people and place across the earth.• for the Scriptures to be translated and made available in every language. Days 1 – 2 a call to RETURN“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting and weeping and mourning.” — Joel 2:12 (NASB) Read Joel 2:12-14 aloud. Consider how the present hour could be a critical moment as in Joel’s day, a “yet even now” moment. For different reasons, many of God’s people have drifted away from Him. But now He is calling us to return with all our hearts. Returning to God means more than going back to church and turning away from sin. It means turning our full attention to God, coming close to Him with confidence in His amazing love. As we turn to Him, He desires to turn toward us. His mighty love not only rescues us from our wrongs, but bestows blessing, empowering us to offer Him extravagant, grateful worship.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you:1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide.2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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Don’t wait to feel the zeal

Don’t wait to feel the zeal

I’m going to be stirring myself with expectancy starting this Thursday, June 2, as I pray through the ten days before the Global Day of Prayer. I made a decision yesterday. I decided that I am going to really go after these prayers in the ten-day prayer guide as if I really expected them and as if I really, really yearned for God to fulfill them. Of course, I’ve seen these same requests before. In fact, I wrote them myself in their present form. My resolution goes beyond knowing what is in the prayers. I’m going to stir myself to pray by locking my mind’s eye on what God desires to do in the days to come. Earlier this week, I ran across Acts 1:14 in my regular reading. That’s where it says that the people in the upper room prayed with “one mind.” The Greek word behind the phrase, “one mind” is made up of two words: the word “homo-” which means “same,” and another word derived from “-thuo” from which we get the word “enthusiasm.” So the “one mind” idea is really all about sharing the same vision, zeal or passion with others. So how do you get that? Well, Jesus had just talked to them about the kingdom of God. That’s got to be a factor. But they also just went for it by praying out loud together with an expectant focus on some awesome things that God had promised to do How do people come to share a common vision about what Christ will fulfill in their day? I don’t think there is any other way than to pray toward that vision. So I’m not going to wait until I feel the zeal to start praying. I’m going to pray no matter what I feel like. I may not pray all day but others will be praying when I’m not. It’s pretty huge to be praying along with hundreds of thousands, probably many millions of others. So I’m going for it. Join me and many others. Use the prayer guide as a way to get started. Yours in hope, Steve Hawthorne PS The ten days starts today, June 2 and goes through Saturday, June 11. The Global Day of Prayer is Pentecost Sunday, June 12....

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Day 1 – Revive

Day 1 – Revive

  DAY 1 – Thursday June 2, 2011Our Father who is in heaven… Revive• for God to revive and unite His people as one family before Him.• for wayward Christians to repent and return to God as Father, learning to obey and trust Him.• for fresh movements of prayer, seeking the throne of grace with persistence. Days 1 – 2a call to RETURN“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting and weeping and mourning.” — Joel 2:12 (NASB) Read Joel 2:12-14 aloud. Consider how the present hour could be a critical moment as in Joel’s day, a “yet even now” moment. For different reasons, many of God’s people have drifted away from Him. But now He is calling us to return with all our hearts. Returning to God means more than going back to church and turning away from sin. It means turning our full attention to God, coming close to Him with confidence in His amazing love. As we turn to Him, He desires to turn toward us. His mighty love not only rescues us from our wrongs, but bestows blessing, empowering us to offer Him extravagant, grateful worship.   If you’re new to the Global Day of Prayer or if you’ve been around awhile, here are a few links that will help you be involved or encourage others to join you: 1) Read the daily prayers in one of these ways: Subscribe to the blog, read the prayers online, or download the prayer guide. 2) Encourage others to join you. Check out the article Groups, Churches or Communities....

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