Prayers Toward a GREATER PENTECOST

21 May

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” – Habakkuk 2:1

You are invited to the GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER assembly on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2007 at Culpeper Baptist Church from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Join in unity with 300 million people from 200 nations around the world as we honor God with a day of prayer and repentance during the largest prayer gathering in history.

This service is dedicated to the victims and their families of the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy on April 16, 2007. The offering will be split equally between the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, the Daniel Garcia Fund, the Persecuted Church (Persecution Project Foundation), and SAFE (Services to Abused Families, Inc).

For complete information about the Global Day of Prayer, please visit www.PrayCulpeper.org.

STRATEGY
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 calling Christians from all nations to unite in prayer. A simple threefold strategy will be implemented each year until 2010:

– 10 Days of day-and-night prayer from Ascension day until the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday
– A Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday (May 27, 2007)
– 90 Days of Blessing

Ten leading up to One followed by Ninety
We can find inspiration in the three parts to the birth of the Church: ten days of constant prayer leading to Pentecost, one day of prayer witnessed by the whole city, and days of blessing that followed. For these reasons, the Global Day of Prayer has three parts:

Ten days of constant prayer: May 17 – 26, 2007. On Ascension Day, May 17th, 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.

Day 1 – May 17 (Seeking THE KINGDOM OF GOD)
Day 2 – May 18 (Increasing in UNITED PRAYER)
Day 3 – May 19 (Being filled with THE HOLY SPIRIT)
Day 4 – May 20 (Turning to God in REPENTANCE)
Day 5 – May 21 (Pursuing THE PEACE OF CHRIST)
Day 6 – May 22 (Empowering THE COMING GENERATION)
Day 7 – May 23 (Resounding THE CALL OF GOD)
Day 8 – May 24 (Suffering with power for THE GLORY OF JESUS)
Day 9 – May 25 (Bringing THE HEALING OF CHRIST)
Day 10 – May 26 (Extending THE BLESSING OF CHRIST)

The Global Day of Prayer: May 27, 2007. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians in almost every country will assemble to pray, many in homes and other public venues, many more in stadiums and open squares. Television, radio and internet will help to connect and align our prayers even more.

Ninety days of blessing: May 28 – Aug 24, 2007. 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.

Prayer Power
Heavenly Father, thank You for the ways You are pouring out Your Spirit on all flesh. Thank You for this opportunity in the Piedmont area to unite in prayer with hundreds of millions of Christians around the world. LORD, we commit all our works for the Culpeper GDOP assembly to You. Thank You for Your promise to establish our very thoughts (Proverbs 16:3). In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

Link of the Day
The GDOP Ten-Day Prayer Guide  [see below]

Blessings to join with us to experience a Greater Pentecost!


GDOP 2007 Ten-Day Prayer Guide       Prayers Toward a Greater PentecostTen leading up to One followed by Ninety
We can find inspiration in the three parts to the birth of the Church: ten days of constant prayer leading to Pentecost, one day of prayer witnessed by the whole city, and days of blessing that followed. For these reasons, the Global Day of Prayer has three parts:Ten days of constant prayer: May 17 – 26, 2007. On Ascension Day, May 17th, 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.

Day 1 – May 17 (The Kingdom of Christ)
Day 2 – May 18 (United Prayer)
Day 3 – May 19 (The Spirit of Christ)
Day 4 – May 20 (Repentance)
Day 5 – May 21 (The Peace of Christ)
Day 6 – May 22 (The Coming Generation)
Day 7 – May 23 (The Call of God)
Day 8 – May 24 (The Glory of Jesus)
Day 9 – May 25 (The Healing of Christ)
Day 10 – May 26 (The Blessing of Christ)
The Global Day of Prayer: May 27, 2007. On Pentecost Sunday, Christians in almost every country will assemble to pray, many in homes and other public venues, many more in stadiums and open squares. Television, radio and internet will help to connect and align our prayers even more.

Ninety days of blessing: May 28 – Aug 24, 2007.
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.

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DAY 1 Thursday May 17, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Seeking THE KINGDOM OF GOD
 For the transforming power of Christ’s kingdom
Concerning: spiritual darkness, church divisions, economic oppression

“…and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, ‘Which,’ He said, ‘you heard of from Me…’” – Acts 1:3-4 (NASB))

For the Glory of Christ
– For the hearts of God’s people to blaze with love and loyal obedience to Jesus as King and Lord of all.
– For the goodness and glory of Christ’s kingly love to be experienced by many throughout whole cities.
– For Christ to gather and instruct His people from the Scriptures concerning the hope of His life-giving kingdom.

For the Blessing of the Nations
– For Christ to bring believers to dwell in cities where breakthroughs of blessing have not yet occurred.
Pray that they would patiently pursue the promised blessing of Christ’s kingdom in difficult places.
– That the power of Christ’s love would bring lasting transformation throughout entire communities.

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DAY 2 Friday May 18, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Increasing in UNITED PRAYER
For sustained movements of united prayer
Concerning: prayerlessness, occult practices, materialism

“These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer…” (Acts 1:14, NASB)

For the Glory of Christ
– That God would unite us in prayer with “one mind,” (Acts 1:14, 2:46, 4:24), empowering us to pray passionately together for Christ’s glory in all the world.
– That God would hear and answer the prayers of the poor, the young and the marginalized and would be glorified by their praises.

For the Blessing of the Nations
– That God’s Spirit would inspire and empower believers to pray specific blessings upon their neighbors and friends.
– That people throughout our communities would be moved to call out to God for His help as never before.
– That the leaders of our community would ask God for His wisdom
and hope.

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DAY 3 Saturday May 19, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Being filled with THE HOLY SPIRIT
For God to pour out His Spirit upon all
Concerning: intellectual pride, demonic oppression, spiritual blindness, depression

“‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people…’” (Acts 2:17)

For the Glory of Christ
– For the Church to be filled afresh with God’s Spirit, empowered as Christ’s witnessing servants in the world.
– For the Spirit of God to reveal Jesus to those buried
in spiritual darkness.

For the Blessing of the Nations
– That God would pour out His Spirit upon every person alive on the earth.
– That the Spirit of God would awaken the nations to hear His voice and to see His works (Acts 2:33).
– For many to be stirred by Spirit-given dreams to envision Jesus alive and at work in their lives.
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DAY 4 Sunday May 20, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Turning to God in REPENTANCE
For many to turn from sin to new life in Christ
Concerning: pornography, addictions, rebellion, immorality

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

For the Glory of Christ
– For Christ to encounter people with His forgiving love, so that millions turn from their sin to the joy of following Him.
– That the Spirit of God would help many to recognize how they have grieved God and openly confess their sin.
– That the Word of the cross of Christ would break the grip of sin’s power so that many will find hope for their sins to “be wiped out” (Acts 3:19).

For the Blessing of the Nations
– That God would bless His people by helping them be the first to turn “from their wicked ways” (Acts 3:26) so that massive movements of repentance would sweep through whole communities.
– That these movements of repentance would bring “times of refreshing” (Acts 3:19) so that men, women and children would experience the presence of God.
 
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DAY 5 Monday May 21, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Pursuing THE PEACE OF CHRIST
For relationships to be transformed
Concerning: racism, poverty, violence, crime

“Everyone was filled with awe… All the believers were together… Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people…” (Acts 2:43-47)

For the Glory of Christ
– That God would release outbreaks of Christ’s peace all over the world  through the changed lives of His people.
– That reconciliation among churches would remove divisions and hostilities, marking relationships among Christians with love, joy, unity and gladness    of heart.
– For Christ to move so powerfully and clearly that His people, as well as the onlooking world, are “filled with awe” (2:43).

For the Blessing of the Nations
– For God’s people to turn away from greed and worldly desires and become more generous than ever.
– For God to intervene in wars, restraining spiritual forces of evil, subduing terrorism, and protecting the lives of  those afflicted.
– For God to use Christians to help lift people from the oppression of extreme poverty. It is estimated that a billion people struggle to survive on less than one dollar a day.

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DAY 6 Tuesday May 22, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Empowering THE COMING GENERATION
 For God’s purpose for families and children
Concerning: broken homes, sexual perversion, child exploitation, abortion

“For the promise is for you and your children…” (Acts 2:39, NASB)

For the Glory of Christ
– For Christ to strengthen marriages and homes.
– For young people to follow Christ early in life, serving Him with a lifetime of extreme devotion.
– That young leaders would be recognized and released to help churches (Acts 6:3-7).

For the Blessing of the Nations
– That Christians would boldly show the love of God’s family to orphans, widows, the defenseless, and the homeless.
– For Christians to extend God’s fatherly love to millions of children orphaned by wars and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
– For God to empower the coming generation to fulfill His promises throughout the earth.

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DAY 7 Wednesday May 23, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Resounding THE CALL OF GOD
 For the nations to hear the voice of God
Concerning: unreached peoples, idolatry, unbelief, illiteracy

“…and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”  (Acts 2:39, NASB)

For the Glory of Christ
– For the Word of God to be proclaimed to people of every language, tribe   and nation (Acts 1:8, 2:5).
– That the world would hear of the “mighty deeds of God” in the words of their own language and the ways of their own culture (Acts 2:11).
– For Christ to be followed in every people, especially among the thousands of unreached people groups who still lack vital, growing, multiplying churches.

For the Blessing of the Nations
– For the Bible to be translated for the 2,500 people groups without even one verse in their language.
– That the Bible, published in diverse media, would become available to   people everywhere.
– That God would call many to Himself (Acts 2:39) who would call on Him  to be saved (Acts 2:21).

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DAY 8 Thursday May 24, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Suffering with power for THE GLORY OF JESUS
For the faithful courage of His people
Concerning: persecution, injustice, terrorism

“…rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” (Acts 5:41)

For the Glory of Christ
– That those who face opposition because they serve Christ will respond with the gentle, courageous character of Jesus (Acts 4:13).
– For Christians who suffer for Christ’s name to be strong in joy and faith.
– For God to glorify Himself by His great deeds in places where He is rejected (Acts 4:21).

For the Blessing of the Nations
– For our leaders and governments to be blessed.
– That government leaders who oppose Christ (Acts 4:25-27) would be  blessed with wisdom so as not to be found “fighting against God”            (Acts 5:39).

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DAY 9 Friday May 25, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Bringing THE HEALING OF CHRIST
For Christ to bring substantial healing
Concerning: lack of heath care, the AIDS epidemic, witchcraft, pollution

“Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:30)

For the Glory of Christ
– That communities would see the hand of Christ extended, bringing     miraculous healing among the sick (Acts 5:14-16).
– That the name of Jesus would be declared with signs and wonders
in the  presence of many (Acts 3:16).

For the Blessing of the Nations
– For the end of HIV/AIDS in our generation.
– For Christians to act with wisdom, compassion and persistence to eradicate diseases.
– For Christians to engage in providing basic health care to the needy.  Thousands of children die daily worldwide from preventable diseases.
– For God’s people to work wisely, trusting God to work powerfully, in order to bring healing to the land.

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DAY 10 Saturday May 26, 2007  [Audio Prayer]

Extending THE BLESSING OF CHRIST
For promised blessing among all peoples
Concerning: hunger, warfare, gangs, corruption

“He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’” (Acts 3:25)

For the Glory of Christ
– For Christians to live in expectancy that the ancient promise of blessing would soon be fulfilled, bringing transformation to their communities and countries.
– That Jesus, Abraham’s greatest descendant, would be seen for all He really is among all peoples.
– For churches to work together as one family in Jesus’ name,
co-working with God to change lives, cities, and nations.

For the Blessing of the Nations
– For the righteousness and justice of God to affect the ways of commerce and politics, cleansing whole societies from the curse of corruption.
– For the peace of Christ’s kingdom to influence the way cities and nations are governed.
– For the joy of Christ’s kingdom to erupt in celebrations
of grateful praise amidst every people group on earth.

Joseph PeckJoseph

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