Originally published on CBN
Christians in more than 200 nations will gather in their churches and homes today (May 27) to pray for their countries.
The annual Global Day of Prayer is held on Pentecost Sunday, and this year marks the 11th anniversary of the event.
Thousands will gather at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa — the site of the first Global Day of Prayer.
Organisers say they desire to see the fulfillment of the scripture verse Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
In the video below, South African Corne Bekker, who leads the School of Global Leadership at Regent University in America, comments on the importance of the Global Day of Prayer and how prayer connects us with God.
Watch the Global Day of Prayer event live from South Africa here, Sunday, May 27 at 6 p.m.
The focus of the Global Day of Prayer has shifted to an emphasis on pervasive prayer in and for every nation, with gatherings in churches and homes, rather than in large events.
The Organizing Committee extends this invitation to all of us: Please join the world for the Global Day of Prayer on 27 May 2012 and may we see the fulfillment of Hab. 2:14: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
The Global Day of Prayer actually began on May 17, with 10 days of focused prayer, leading up to intense prayer on Pentecost Sunday, followed by 90 days of blessing the nations. More information is available here, and a Prayer Guide for these three phases of the Global Day of Prayer can be found here.
Participants in the Global Day of Prayer will all pray the following prayer. Why don’t you join them?
PRAY WITH ONE VOICE
A Prayer for the World
Almighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
We gather with believers all over the world,
to glorify You as Creator of heaven and earth.
You alone are holy and righteous.
We submit to Your authority.
We praise and adore You alone.
Father, we honour You
Lord Jesus Christ, we honour You
Holy Spirit, we honour You
Our Father in heaven,
Thank You for loving the world so much
that You gave Your only Son, Jesus Christ,
to die on the cross for our sins
so that we could be reconciled to You.
Fill us with your love as we faithfully intercede for the lost,
the hopeless, the helpless and the world.
Thank You Father, for adopting us into Your family.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You died on the cross and
redeemed us to the Father by Your blood.
You are Head of the Church
and Lord of all heaven and earth.
Let Your kingdom be established in every nation of the world
bring transformation among peoples of all tribes and languages
so that righteousness and justice will prevail.
May Your Name be great, from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Jesus Christ, You are Lord of all.
Father of mercy and grace,
We have sinned.
Our world is gripped by the power of sin.
Our hearts are grieved by injustice, hatred and violence.
We are shamed by oppression, racism and bloodshed in our land.
We mourn all loss of life in murder, war and terrorism.
Our homes are broken and our churches are divided by rebellion and pride.
Our lives are polluted by selfishness, greed, idolatry and sexual sin.
God ofmercy, forgive our sins.
Pour out Your grace and heal our land
Spirit of the living God,
Transform Your Church into the image of Jesus Christ.
Release Your power to bring healing to the sick,
freedom to the oppressed and comfort to those who mourn.
Fill us with compassion
for the homeless and the hungry
for orphans, widows and the elderly.
Give us wisdom and insight for our world’s problems
to use the resources of the earth for the well-‐being of all.
Holy Spirit, guide us and lead us.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You destroyed sin, conquered death and defeated Satan.
Remove the veil of darkness that covers the peoples.
Restrain the evil that promotes violence and death.
Deliver us from demonic oppression.
Break the hold of slavery, tyranny and disease.
Help us to tear down strongholds and ideologies
that resist the knowledge of God.
Almighty God, deliver us fromevil.
King of Glory,
Come and finish Your work in our cities, our peoples and our nations.
From all continents and islands we cry:
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Be lifted up ancient doors
so that the King of glory may come in!
Come fill the earth with the knowledge of Your glory
as the waters cover the sea.
The Spirit and the Bride say:
Amen! Come Lord Jesus!