The idea for the Global Day of Prayer started in Africa a couple of years ago. Last year, organizers say, people in 273 towns in South Africa and all 56 countries in Africa participated in a Day of Repentance and Prayer for Africa.
This year, the aim is worldwide in 150 countries, with the Reunion Arena event planned as the flagship for a half-dozen United States events. As in this country, the international leaders are evangelical Christians who want people to pray for spiritual transformation.
Bob Bakke, director of the National Prayer Advance of the Minnesota-based Evangelical Free Church in America, sought out Dallas preachers to host the main U.S. event.
"There are very few places that have the religious wherewithal on very many different fronts as Dallas," Dr. Bakke said.
Michael, thanks. I understand prayer to be communication directly to the Father in Heaven in the name of Jesus, so I would be uneasy if there were other mediums, such as beads, statues, etc. involved. I've understood such gatherings to be rather Protestant, but sounds like some can become a mixed bag because some people interpret prayer to be something very different (whether Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, etc.). In such a situation, I'd not want to be a participant. Maybe my opinion is based on my local area being very Protestant and conservative. I've talked enough on here, so I'll close my trap .
MSC, If the gathering, or any gathering, in your area seems to be genuinely seeking the Lord and are Biblical I would want to encourage you to go ahead pray with them. But if you have any spiritual uneasiness to be cautious.
MSC, We are not quite there yet. The head of the local parachuch ministry I mentioned earlier along with many others in this area are hugely ecumenical and are actively trying to bring all denominations including Roman Catholic together.
Several years ago I was told I was not wanted in one of their men's prayer groups because I prayed that Catholics would be saved (I am a former Catholic). Those in their leadership here believed Catholics are already Christians and therefore they wanted to join with them not pray that they might be saved.
And honestly since we have a good number of Catholics who are enthusiastic of their Mary they would be happy to pass a Rosary along to anyone who would take them if they were made welcome at an ecumenical prayer meeting. But no at this time it is not something the leadership would do.
MSC, Yes it sounds like a fine prayer movement and in some places it may very well be. But how would you feel if upon entering the stadium you where offered rosary beads? The Creed on their web site should be quite inoffensive to all sorts of denominations that are famous for professing to be Christian but who show by their behaviour they actually reject the Word of God and for some who pray to someone or something other than God.
Scripture tells us unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it. We should take heed that the movers and shakers in public ministry are not manipulating us so they can have video of a huge stadium event to show off with. If they want to lead by the example of their own repentance and confession of where they have betrayed God and His Word and break ties with those who are apostate I will certainly take notice and will probably repent and confess right along with them.
"fine words and stadium events are quite different from broken hearted weeping for our own sins and those of a terrible lost and fallen world"
Yes, and that's why the article mentions: "The idea for the Global Day of Prayer started in Africa a couple of years ago. Last year, organizers say, people in 273 towns in South Africa and all 56 countries in Africa participated in a Day of Repentance and Prayer for Africa." Repentance. "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish..." This all sounds like a Biblical prayer event.
Are things on earth finally getting so bad that even the Mega Churches see mankind needs divine intervention?
They may be asking for it but do they really want God to bring them to broken, humble, contrite REPENTANCE?
I have had some experience with some in this movement. Sadly it seems that locally here in Chattanooga the driving parachurch ministry pushing global prayer is much more interested in having a purpose driven movement where anyone claiming to be a Christian is embraced unless you are one of those who actually want to be faithful to Scripture - then you are divisive.
Sure let's have global prayer and tell God all about how we have sinned against Him without excuse, how we have shut our ears to His Word and how wicked we have behaved and cry out to Him that He might forgive us and change us to where we joyfully love and obey Him in every area of life.
The Bible says God hears his people who humble themselves and pray. Further, the Bible shows vivid miraculous happenings when his people call on him. A day of prayer for Christians around the world? Sounds good to me.
Interesting comment..... xyz pastor. I always thought prayer everyday was a good thing too. Further, I remember that Moses and other godly leaders in the Bible led the masses in a national day of prayer... hmmmmm.
"xyz pastor (who hasn't been getting enough press lately to satisfy his ego or his wallet) is scheduled to participate in the Dallas prayer event."
Why can't these publicity seekers realize that EVERY DAY is a day of prayer for all TRUE Christians?
These events are nothing but a sham. And those who participate should really question whether they're simply interested in "celebrity Christianity." Why do you need James Dobson or Rick Warren (or anybody else) to "lead" you in a national or international day of prayer?
Christ has rent the vail. You have access to the Father through his shed blood. That's all you need - not a "celebrity" studded media event (which is really only designed to make somebody rich).