Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pray Beyond the Sick-Sad-Struggling Prayer List

How Your Church Can Pray Globally

The church body is connected as the body of Christ. Romans 12:5 says, "We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another." The opportunity to lift one another up in prayer is one that should not be taken for granted. People need to be encouraged as they live their lives for Christ. We are all in a position to shine the light of Christ to a broken world, no matter where we are living--especially through prayer.

Global Day of Prayer: The Global Day of Prayer movement was begun by a man with a passion for prayer named Graham Power. His vision was to focus prayer on repentance for the people of South Africa, full of hurt in the post-apartheid era. Over the years, this movement has grown astronomically through the power of God; now all nations are invited to participate in a day of prayer. Last year, 204 nations joined together in prayer for the world. Get more information on how your church can be a part of this movement at

Pray for Missionaries: Have an individual (or a team) keep in contact with the missionaries you support. They can pass each missionary's praises and requests on to the congregation so the church family can pray for them. Remember to praise God as he reveals answers to your prayers.

Set Up a Pen Pal System: This can be done in a variety of ways. Adults and kids could connect with other Christians one-on-one. With the Internet and email, keeping in touch is easier than ever before. Pen pals could be military personnel from your church, Christians from other countries, or missionaries and their family members. Organizations such as Christian Children's Fund, the Watoto children's ministry, and Children International offer opportunities for monetary support along with encouraging letters and prayers.

Follow the News: Information gathered from newspapers or other news sources can be used as prayer prompts.

Prayer Station Theme: If your church has a prayer room or prayer station, give the room an international focus. For example, visuals of Iraq or Afghanistan such as maps, pictures, and news reports, along with information on military personnel stationed overseas, can be used as prayer prompts. Offer opportunities for interactive prayers by having paper and pencils available.

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