What: For more than 50 years, Baptist women throughout the world have joyfully gathered on the first Monday of each November to commemorate the Baptist Women’s Day of Prayer.
When:Monday, November 1, 2010, will be a celebration of the power women of prayer can unleash to impact the issues of peace, reconciliation, justice, and development through prayer, witness, and service in today’s world.
New Theme: The introduction of a new theme, In Step with the Spirit, will guide praying women in 2010, and for the upcoming five years.
Based on Galatians 5:25, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit,” women will be led to consider the spiritual fruits of God’s Spirit, including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
To download the free Leader’s Guide resource—which provides suggestions for presenting a Bible study on Galatians 5:25—go to bwawd.org
. A free Prayer Guide is also available on this site.
Plan: The experience of a day of prayer is strengthened by thoughtful planning. In advance of the November 1 date, consider the larger family of Baptist women who would welcome an invitation to this prayer event. You will find excellent planning ideas in the article on page 17 in the WMU Year Book 2010–2011.
Use the Prayer Guide: You will want to provide a Prayer Guide for each person who attends the Day of Prayer experience. You may decide to use the computer-generated slide presentation of the prayer requests, available at bwawd.org to provide visual reinforcement of the requests.
Highlight the Offering: The offering that is a part of the Day of Prayer is earmarked for the Women’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). Indeed, the department depends on this one-day offering as its main source of income.
Creating an interest center using pictures—available on bwawd.org—from the seven continental unions will give women a window into the lives of women around the world.
Don’t Forget to Pray: Naturally, the central element of the day’s observation is the opportunity to pray. Consider a variety of prayer formats, such as individual praying, group prayers, prayer stations, praying in different languages, praying for women of diverse cultures, etc. Each of these may well find a place in your Day of Prayer experience.
Several 2010 prayer projects are described in the Leader’s Guide, including an adult literacy project in the Sudan, Burundi, and Uganda; an emerging leaders project in Australia; a women’s shelter in Northern Baja CA Mexico; and giving to a special project fund.