This article is designed to help anyone mobilizing prayer for the ten days of continuous prayer for the Global Day of Prayer, May 5-May 14, 2016.
Step One – Understand the Ten Days as part of the GDOP
At http://gdopusa.com/prayer-guide you can find the ten day prayer guide in a PDF format in black and white, which you can download and print or photocopy.
Three components of GDOP.
As you know, the Global Day of Prayer is more than just one day. On Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016, there will be one day of united prayer. But it will be preceded by ten days of continuous prayer. And it will be followed by ninety days of blessing, or service among our communities. The ten days of prayer help begin to gather people, to connect churches and to give many Christians a desire for the kind of things we’ll be praying on. These three components are why you will sometimes see the numbers 10•1•90 displayed.
Learn even more about these three components at What is the GDOP?
Basic parts for each day.
Each day contains the following four parts: A topic, a scripture and prayer points. The prayers have been prepared by an international group of prayer leaders working in conjunction with the International Prayer Council.
Simple biblical focus.
The vision and prayer focus of the GDOP is for the glory of Christ and the blessing of the nations.
Step Two – Pray and plan with others
Gather other leaders to consider what God will have you do to mobilize many people to unite in prayer during the ten days leading to Pentecost. Before the first GDOP event in 2005, and then each subsequent year since then, millions of believers all over the world were called by their pastors and leaders to unite in prayer during the ten days leading to Pentecost. Here are some of the reasons they thought the effort was valuable for the event and well beyond the event.
The ten day effort helps:
a) Build relationships of cooperative prayer among the churches. These relationships can last for years beyond the event.
b) Teach Christians how to pray with scripture in relevant ways for critical needs.
c) Promote the GDOP event on Pentecost.
d) Give God an opportunity to guide people to step into specific works of mercy and
blessing during the 90 days of blessing.
e) Clarify how sound the GDOP is in theology and focus. The ten day guide helps make it clear that the entire effort is centered on Christ, based firmly on the Bible, and focused on the challenges that we face, but in biblical hope.
f) Help Christians find ways to pray with persistence, often with a 24/7 pattern that works well in their setting.
Step Three – Distribute Prayer Guides
The prayer guide is available to download and print or photocopy. Be sure to make a small quantity of 100 or 200 for early distribution. Give copies to any pastor, business leader or prayer leader. Reading the prayer guide will help them get a clearer idea of the GDOP. But be sure to invite leaders to consider making enough copies of the prayer guide to distribute to their congregation. Urge them to have enough copies for their entire adult attendance.
The GDOP Prayer Guide is available on the USA website in two different formats that can be copied on a church copy machine or printed locally. Decide as soon as possible which prayer guide format to use in your community to give you ample time to reproduce the guide. Be sure to download the documents from the USA website, as international paper sizes are different and they will not fit.
Step Four – Mobilize
Most leaders would consider the heart of the matter to be calling people to pray. Here are some of the models for mobilizing prayer that have emerged in the first years of the Global Day of Prayer:
Mobilization Model One: Watches
Consider calling for around the clock prayer meetings or watches. The usual 168 hour week will need to be extended to 240 hours. Another way to do this is to invite a church to cover one of the days, and leave it to the church to pray during that day in whatever way they see fit. Perhaps they will have a prayer meeting in the evening, or they may set up a ten or twenty- four hour watch. In one city leaders quickly found many more than ten churches who wanted to cover one of the days. They kept adding churches to the list until they had forty or fifty churches, some of the days had six or seven churches. The organizers made efforts to let the churches know what other churches were praying with them.
Mobilization Model Two: Meetings
In one large city with less than 1% Christians of any kind, there were only 29 Protestant churches. All 29 agreed to unite in prayer during the ten day effort in 2006. They organized three different prayer meetings for each of the ten evenings. Some churches with conveniently located buildings hosted more than once, but each of the 29 churches was entrusted with the responsibility to lead one of the prayer meetings.
Mobilization Model Three: Prayer Rooms
In many cities there are dedicated prayer rooms. Sometimes they are part of international networks. Most of these leaders have been very happy to make the daily topics one of the primary points of prayer during the ten days. Sometimes the daily topic serves as a launching point for prayer. There are many styles and ways to invite this stream of united prayer to take part. Many churches have prayer rooms. Be sure they are equipped with the prayer guide.
Mobilization Model Four: Add to existing prayer efforts
Many churches and mission agencies have prayer guides published for each week or month. With advance planning, many leaders are very happy to use the daily themes and topics of the GDOP ten-day prayer guides as a way of framing prayer about their ministries or church families.
Mobilization Model Five: Internet
A daily posting on web sites or even a daily email can convey the basic prayer information to many.
Mobilization Model Six: Radio
Where there are Christian radio stations, it is often possible to arrange for short times of a 60 or 90 seconds to mention the daily topic, read the day’s scripture, and read a short prayer. You can write your own short prayer. You can enlist known leaders or pastors to record the prayers weeks or months earlier.
Mobilization Model Seven: Redirect existing prayer meetings
Invite pastors or leaders to focus their existing prayer meetings upon the theme that millions will be praying on that particular day.