This Sunday the Christians of Bamako, the capital
of Mali, gather downtown to pray together with one voice for Africa,
Mali, and Bamako. CAM will also participate, taking our people there
to pray together with the body of Christ. Pray that our women and
those as yet unsaved will be impacted by that event.
Organizers of the world's first global prayer event are calling
on Christians across America to be unified in persistent prayer
for these next 10 days leading up to the first-ever Global Day of
Prayer event on Pentecost Sunday, May 15.
On that date, an estimated 200 million Christians in more than
160 countries are expected to be united in prayer to seek God's
blessings upon the world's nations and to usher in a global transformation.
U.S. activities will be telecasted via the Sky Angel nationwide
direct-to-home Christian-family satellite television service.
Activities from Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas, which is serving
as the flagship location for Global Day of Prayer events taking
place at various locations across America, will air live on Sky
Angel's special events channel, Angel Two/Channel 9702, from 5 to
8 p.m. ET, enabling believers to gather in homes, churches, colleges
and more around the country to take part via satellite.
Like other Global Day of Prayer events, the Dallas event will transcend
denominational lines, to be hosted by a diverse group of ministry
While the National Day of Prayer and Global Day of Prayer are two
separate observances, both are projects of America's National Prayer
Committee, with the global event in cooperation with the International
Prayer Council and Transformation Africa organizers.
According to event organizers, the 10 days of prayer leading up
to the Global Day of Prayer event is of great spiritual significance.
For ten days, the 12 Apostles sought the Lord in fervent prayer.
During that ten-day period of intense intercession, God increased
their numbers and prepared them to receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit at Pentecost.
Organizers say that as the Lord responded to the 12 disciples,
GDOP participants anticipate a powerful movement of God's hand as
He responds to an army of 200 million intercessors.
On May 15, 2005, an estimated 200 million Christians will join
together for a Global Day of Prayer.
Participants plan to start praying as the sun rises in the east
(New Zealand), in different time zones until the sun sets in the
Planning for the Global Day of Prayer event involves leaders from
all six continents and includes more than 240 countries around the
globe working under the direction of the International Prayer Council.
According to a press release from event organizers, during the
last five years God has raised up a number of groups of Christians
including Transformation Africa, Prayer Week, the USA's National
Prayer Committee and Global Day of Prayer.
According to Global Day of Prayer officials, "Many of these
streams are converging into a global day of prayer where Christians
all over the world will pray for an outpouring of God's Spirit,
the healing of the nations, the salvation of the lost, and that
the glory of the Lord will fill the earth."
Organizers have come up with a three-fold strategy to help ensure
the success of the event. Between May 6 and May 15, 2005, they are
asking people to pray for their church congregation, city or region
around the clock.
On May 15, residents of towns and cities globally will come together
to pray. In addition, according to organizers, both traditional
media and the Internet will broadcast the day's events.
Following the event, there will be a 90-day follow-up. Tentative
plans are for this to include evangelism, creative forms of outreach
and ministry to the poor and needy.
And, event organizers continued, "if you have a story to tell
about how your town or city is mobilizing for the Global Day of
Prayer, send it to us (at email@example.com).
We will post many of them so that others will be encouraged and
learn from you."
Planning for Global Day of Prayer
The upcoming Global Day of Prayer follows on the heels of a prayer
event in May 2004 where more than 20 million people gathered in
56 nations of Africa to call on God, according to an Assist News
Ed Silvoso of Harvest Evangelism told ANS in July 2004, "This
may be the biggest prayer movement the world has ever seen."
According to the Global Day of Prayer website, following that event
70 prayer leaders from each of the world's major regions of the
world met together at the October 2004 International Prayer Council
meeting in Thailand to brainstorm for the Global Day of Prayer.
Leaders voted to continue the GDP "process" until 2010,
the organization's website reported, "in order to build momentum
and fill the earth."
That decision was also announced to the nearly 1,700 international
leaders gathered for the Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization
GDP has its roots in Africa. However, according to an e-mail from
Isebel Spangenberg, administrator for Transformation Africa and
GDP, the vision has spread far beyond that continent.
With this year's event, Spangenberg wrote, "The idea is that
every nation in every country prays for their own – not just
for Africa. We had the Day of Prayer for Africa this year and we
are taking ownership of our continent. People who participate take
ownership of their own region and country."
The GDP traces its origins to July 2000 and February 2002 when,
according to the group's website, God showed businessman and relatively
new believer Graham Power that Africa would become the "Light
to the world."
There were five stages to what Power was told. The first was to
invite the Christians of all denominations in Cape Town (the southern
point of South Africa) to unite in a day of repentance and prayer.
This occurred on March 21, 2001, when about 45,000 Christians gathered
at the Newlands Rugby stadium.
According to the GDP website, "Hundreds of testimonies can
be shared of lives, communities and a city that was impacted. This
started a process that has changed many lives in the city of Cape
Following that event, eight additional areas spanning South Africa
hosted similar events in 2002. This represented the second stage
of God's vision to Power.
The event was broadcast live by a variety of television networks.
In addition, the GDP website reported, there was an outpouring of
public support: "Many participated in community centers, churches,
correctional facilities, retirement homes, town halls and private
dwellings, not to mention the fact that it was seen and heard in
many African countries via the television and radio broadcasts."
This event was so successful that leaders decided it was important
to keep pressing on with the vision. A summit was held in late September
2002 with a variety of leaders from nine different African countries
in attendance. There, according to the website, "representatives
decided on a mission and vision for 'Transformation Africa.'"
It was decided the vision would be "Africa for Christ,"
with the mission being "Transforming Africa through Unity and
Prayer as we mobilize the Body of Christ and all spheres of society,
Community by Community, Nation by Nation with the full Gospel of
According to the GDP website, "The challenge facing the regions
then was to unite all the churches in the different regions to work
together towards transforming South Africa and Africa. People needed
to take hands over a broad spectrum, not only with regards to race
and culture, but also across the boundaries of various church denominations."
Also in 2002, the International Prayer Council met in Cape Town.
It was then that the idea for the upcoming GDP was first birthed.
This coincided, the website reported, with the vision of Transformation
Africa and many reports from elsewhere in the world.
Power's vision was still gaining momentum. Across the African continent,
the GDP website reported, Christians were so inspired with what
was happening that they were galvanized to further action. That
resulted in 77 South African regions and 27 African countries comprising
66 cities committed themselves to participate in "Transformation
Africa" and taking part in a day of repentance and prayer for
Africa on May 1, 2003. This was stage three of Power's vision.
Mid-2004 saw the realization of stage four of the vision. The Day
of Repentance and Prayer for Africa was held on May 2.
"Our aim was to have all 56 countries in Africa participate.
Part of the planning was to involve every town (and) community in
Africa," the GDP website reported. "We are happy to say
that more than 273 cities (and) towns in South Africa and all 56
countries in Africa (more than 1,200 towns and cities) committed
themselves to the process of transforming Africa and participated
in a day of repentance and prayer for Africa, raising a 'Canopy
of Prayer' across the continent. More than 22 million people are
known to have participated. This was a day that has undoubtedly
changed the face of Africa forever."
Much has occurred as a result of this unique call to Power, the
GDP website reported. "Over the past five years a vision was
born and is being realized that is and has been the blessing of
millions of people and whole continents. This dream has been the
hope of many, including the prophets, and is now being joined with
a critical mass and modern technology to bless the earth. Certainly,
this story represents a call and a movement of God. Soon, the whole
earth will be affected."
A previous ANS story reported that in an e-mail report to Steve
Loopstra, executive director of Prayer Transformation Ministries
in Minneapolis, Minn., Inger J. Logelin commented that a movement
that started in one city, moved to a region, then a nation and finally
a continent is by no means over. Great things are expected for the
upcoming Global Day of Prayer.