Pray for the World

You only need to glance at a newspaper or listen to the news to become aware of the urgent need for prayer. No longer can we be concerned with praying only for our family, community, church, and state. As leaders, we need to engage our members in sincere prayer for the entire world.

Why not start with the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer on November 7? Consider implementing one of the strategies Gwen Moor, former president of Northwest WMU and member of Dayspring Baptist Church in Chehalis, Washington, used to involve her church in the Day of Prayer:

• Involve all the Baptist churches in your area. Make phone calls and send invitations. Enlist a contact person from each church and ask her to personally invite women to attend.

• Plan to alternate which church hosts the prayer event each year. Or host the event at a Christian Women’s Job Corps site to highlight the ministry hosting the prayer event.

• Invite the host church to display information about its missions efforts as a way of sharing ideas with those visiting from other churches.

• Research the information provided for the Day of Prayer and choose the best ideas for your situation.

• Enlist different churches to take responsibility of the various portions of the Day of Prayer program to provide leadership experience to newer leaders. Consider delegating responsibility for things like music, refreshments, decorations, and a Day of Prayer history display.

• Combine resources. If a group creates beautiful decorations, save them for the following year. Compile items from the history display and keep them together for future displays. Save ideas of strategies that worked well and share with organizers.

• Ask women to share about the Day of Prayer during the worship service at their church on the Sunday before the event. Include a time of prayer.

• Don’t worry if husbands show up to the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer. When it’s time to break into small groups for prayer, create different groups for couples and individuals. Allow each woman to choose the group in which she is most comfortable.

• Use the time to expand fellowship between churches and spend focused time praying for the world.

 

Angie Quantrell loves missions and sharing ways to get involved by combining prayer, education, and participation.

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