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We are just two days away from the start of the ten days of prayer leading up to PentecostSunday, May 24. These ten days of prayer will help prepare our hearts as we unite in “A Prayer for the World” on Pentecost.
The vision and focus of the Global Day of Prayer has remained consistent: the glory of Christ and the blessing of the nations. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians in nations all around the world will gather locally but pray globally in repentance and hope. Once again, “A Prayer for the World” will be part of the normal Sunday services on this day. The prayer takes about 5-7 minutes to pray together. Find all the details you will need
You can participate in the Global Day of Prayer in three simple ways: as a small group, as a church, or as a community of churches.
As a small group: Gather your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or Bible study to join together for the ten days of prayer or just for Pentecost Sunday.
As a church: Encourage your church leadership to join in during Sunday services. Your congregation will be encouraged as they unite in prayer with millions of people around the world with “A Prayer for the World.”
As a community of churches: Convene together as a community or group of churches. Well-organized gatherings can be a great way to keep the momentum of prayer sustained for your community in the coming days ahead. The Global Day Organizer Guide will help with ideas and suggestions
WayMakers has made the Ten-Day Prayer guide available at for you to make copies for your church or gathering. Let’s go into this season of united prayer with faith and confidence that God’s purposes will be fulfilled in all the nations of the earth.
For His glory,
Barb Hawthorne & Stephanie Tucker

PS Another great opportunity for united prayer is during the 30 days of Ramadan for the Muslim world (June 18-July 17). Check out the Muslim Prayer Guides for both adults and kids at Quantity discounts are available. We encourage you to order soon!

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“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night. 
You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth"

Isaiah 62:6-7

It is God’s will that His house will be a house of prayer and that His children will not be asleep when there is trouble.

People all over the nations are becoming discouraged about the future as their personal circumstances become increasingly challenging and their concern about governments grow. The economy is not growing fast enough to create enough new jobs. The moral decay of our younger generations are evident with teenage pregnancies, drug abuse and alcoholism on the increase. Alarming statistics show that church attendance is dropping across all denominations. Less than 20% of our populations testify to a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Occultism, spiritism, scepticism, atheism and ancestral worship are on the increase. 

The promise

In Isaiah 62:6-7 God is calling watchmen to pray day and night for peace and restoration. Jesus says in Luke 18:7 that if we pray day and night our Father will make right what is wrong.

The 10 Days preceding the Global Day of Prayer is an excellent opportunity to unite in day and night prayer with millions around the globe.  

Starting on the 29th of May, millions of Christians will find ways to pray night and day throughout the ten days following the pattern of Christ's followers before the first Pentecost.

A Prayer Guide is available for your convenience. 

Please feel free to adapt it to suit your own as well as the needs of your congregation, community or country. 


Join the world on 8 June 2014 for the Global Day of Prayer
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In July 2000 God captured the heart of a South African Christian businessman, Graham Power, with a vision based on 2 Chron. 7:14. The vision had three clear instructions:

  • To call Christians from all denominations in Cape Town for a Day of Repentance and Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium.
  • To challenge Christians across the rest of South Africa to unite in a Day of Repentance and Prayer.
  • To challenge Christians in Southern Africa to unite in a Day of Repentance and Prayer.


In March of 2001 more than 45 000 Christians united for a Day of Repentance and Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium in Cape Town. It was a day of intense intercession that transformed lives and was reflected in a changing city in the months to come. Testimonies of transformation caused the vision to be spread into the rest of South Africa and planning immediately started for similar prayer gatherings in 8 provinces of South Africa for 2002.

In February 2002 Graham Power had a second vision. This vision had an even bigger challenge:    

  • The whole of Africa was to gather in a Day of Repentance and Prayer, changing Africa to become a “light to the world”.
  • Eventually, Africa was to invite all the nations of the globe to unite in this move of transformational prayer.


In May of 2002 Christians in South Africa gathered in 8 different venues for a Day of Repentance and Prayer. Again, the testimonies of church unity and the healing of communities inspired leaders to expand the vision into the rest of Africa. At a Summit in September 2002 leaders of 9 African countries agreed on the vision “Africa for Christ”.

At the same time, it was clear that different prayer streams from across the globe were flowing in the same direction with a similar vision of community transformation through prayer. God was busy raising up a church of intercession in order to prepare communities for the revelation of His glory.

Across the African continent millions of Christians were inspired to participate in the process of transforming Africa77 South African regions and 27 African countries committed to a Day of Repentance and Prayer for Africa on the 1st of May 2003.


On 2 May 2004 history was made when Christians from all 56 nations of Africa participated in the first ever continental Day of Repentance and Prayer for Africa. Numerous communities, villages, towns and cities united in non-denominational prayer gatherings at different venues. In South Africa 277 communities participated. A flame of prayer was burning in Africa!

At a meeting of the International Prayer Council in Malaysia in November 2004, the invitation from Africa went out to the nations of the world to participate in a Global Day of Prayer process.


On Pentecost Sunday, 15 May 2005, Christians from 156 of the 220 nations of the world united across denominational and cultural borders for the first Global Day of Prayer. In the months following this day, Christians were overwhelmed by the testimonies of God’s powerful work in answer to these prayers and in the years to follow the numbers kept increasing.

In 2008 millions of Christians from 214 nations united in prayer and on 31 May 2009 a miracle happened when this initiative miraculously expanded to 220 countries in the world. Together with the 10 Days leading up to and the 90 Days of Blessing following the Global Day of Prayer, there was a sense that the call to unity and repentance is deepening. This lay the foundation for God to fill the nations with His glory as His children from around the world cried out to him in unity.


23 May 2010 saw the 10-year celebration of the Global Day of Prayer. Whilst Christians from around the world united in prayer in Cape Town, where everything started, millions from 220 nations once again gathered in their own nations. The urgent call from Joel 2 echoed throughout the nations to return to God with repentance on a level never seen before. Yes, this was a time of rendering our hearts to God and to see the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit on all flesh.

The growing momentum of the first 10 years laid the foundation to saturate nations in prayer. From 2011 we started to shift our focus from 220 nations to facilitate a lifestyle of prayer with as many people in as many places as possible. In this new season, we no longer aim at the goal of having organized events in every single country of the world, but rather to increase the number of gatherings on Pentecost Sunday in smaller settings, such as local churches, family homes and businesses instead of stadiums and assembly halls.

Every year we still see participation from many nations, cities, towns, communities, local churches and prayer groups where believers have never had the confidence to register an event, either because they weren’t able to gather in large public places because of fear of persecution, or because they don’t have the resources to plan such gatherings. 

The Lord has indeed done many things through the Global Day of Prayer, and we are certain that these will continue for many, many years to come as nations continue to observe this one day of unified prayer.


“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Habakkuk 2:14


Global Day of Prayer HISTORY                                  Printable History


Following the example of the first believers who "joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14) until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Global Day of Prayer is following a simple strategy:

10 – 1 – 90

  • A Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday every year
  • 10 Days of day-and-night prayer preceding and leading up to the Global Day of Prayer
  • 90 Days of Blessing and continuing prayer, following the Global Day of Prayer


Why 10-1-90?

We find inspiration for the Global Day of Prayer Strategy in the three parts of the birth of the Church in Acts 1 – 2.

Ten days of constant prayer:
On Ascension Day, millions of Christians will find ways to pray night and day throughout the ten days leading to Pentecost, following the pattern of Christ's followers before the first Pentecost.

The Global Day of Prayer:
On Pentecost Sunday, Christians in almost every country will assemble to pray.  Many will gather in small groups such as prayer groups, homes, local churches, businesses and some may even assemble in large stadiums and other public venues. In some places, television, radio and internet will help to connect and align our prayers even more.
Once again the challenge would be to mobilise an all-year-round move of prayer.

Ninety days of blessing:
As in the first Pentecost, transformed Christians transform their communities as they offer themselves to God as instruments through which their prayers can be answered. The Global Day of Prayer anticipates the forming or furthering of local alliances among pastors, churches, missions and business leaders, to bring practical, transformational blessing to their communities.
This is where prayer becomes a lifestyle.


Why are we gathering?

The primary purpose we gather is for the glory of Christ and the blessing of the nations. To seek God and exalt His Son for one reason only, because He is worthy. The day is approaching when everything will be subject to His glory.

We are motivated by who He is not what we will get from our coming together.

The biggest challenge will be to leverage the energy from our events to facilitate a lifestyle of prayer, including all Christians and impacting every sphere of society.


Printable Strategy

PowerPoint Presentation for Mobilising Purposes


This year, 2014 the date is Sunday, June 8th

Here is the undated logo We would invite all those who do not have a venue to go to, you are welcome to join into a grassroots 12 hour prayer call via conference call as we link together in prayer around the globe.

Download the GDOP 2014 Flyer at: 

This call is a collaborative work of:

The Persecution Watch

International Orality Network (ION)

Mission America/ U.S. Lausanne (MAC)

Global Prayer Resource Network (GPRN)

Persistently prevailing,

Linda Bemis

Prayer Director, International Orality Network


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