World Day of Prayer
Every year, the Women of the Church have a Prayer Emphasis event. This year, it will be the World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 5. Smith Chapel will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with child care from 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
The World Day of Prayer was named in 1928, but its roots date back to the 19th century when Christian women of the United States and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of missions at home and in other parts of the world. This prayer fellowship expanded and involves women dedicating themselves to prayer with Christian sisters of other races and nations. It serves to enrich our experiences and to release the power of prayer to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God around the world.
Our focus will be on prayer for our missionaries, our church, our families and our nation. I have selected Romans 12:12 as our focus verse. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” There will be guides for prayer and information on our missionaries available. Officers from the Women of the Church Board will read scripture and pray intermittently throughout the day. A few weeks ago, Gabe Fluhrer was discussing three important disciplines in the Christian life: Giving, Praying and Fasting. May this be a day that we give of our time and devote ourselves to prayer. Some may be called to fast as well. May it be a day when we quiet our hearts to hear “that still small voice” of God.
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne,
Make all my wants and wishes known!
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.
To find out more information about the Prayer Emphasis event, please visit the church website or app, under events.
WOC Spiritual Life Chairman