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Preparation for the Global Day of Prayer

The Global Day of Prayer began in 2005, growing out of a vision in 2000 for a South African national call to unite on Pentecost Sunday for repentance and prayer. From South Africa it grew to a vision for Africa so that in 2003, 27 African countries used Pentecost Sunday to join in repentance and prayer. In 2005 the International Prayer Council meeting in Malaysia took up the cause of making this call a global one. To read more about the Global Day of Prayer, go to their website

The Global Day of Prayer is June 12, 2011. The organizers have invited people to spend 10 days in preparation, following the lead of the early Church, for there were 10 days between Jesus’ ascension to heaven and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. These were the days spent in prayer (Acts 1:14, 2:1) as they waited for the Spirit, “the gift promised by the Father.” Let us prepare our hearts as the apostles did, that we might receive the renewing power of the Holy Spirit. The 10 Days of Prayer are June 2 to June 12.

Along with the 10 Days of Prayer before Pentecost, the organizers of the Global Day of Prayer are encouraging 90 Days of prayer focused on allowing God to use us as His answer to the prayers of the Church. The 90 Days of Prayer are June 13 to September 10.

Locally, YFC/Youth Unlimited would like to invite Woodstock’s churches to embrace this season of prayer. We would encourage Christians to turn their hearts to a more deliberate, constant attitude of prayer during this time. Get the 10 Day Global Day of Prayer Guide and use it to unite with Christians all over the world in seeking God’s heart. Families with youth or children can open the youth or children versions of the guide.
Find them here:
Regular guide
Youth guide
Childrens guide

During this time, if people want to use the Praying COW at 405 Dundas St., they can sign up for a time slot of prayer at The Praying COW.

Approaching Pentecost Sunday, we would like to invite Christians across Woodstock to help us fill the Praying COW with 24/7 prayer for 48 hours: Friday, June 10, 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 12, 8:00 p.m. Again, you can sign up at The Praying COW.

For those who would like to meet together in prayer at the Praying COW, we will set aside a morning and an evening time of collective prayer: Pentecost Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. People may come to either or to both gatherings to pray with Christians across all denominational lines.

If you have any questions, contact Dave Steenburg (519-537-8080).