Wycliffe World Day of Prayer – 11th November 2019

“Grace” is the theme of the 2019 Wycliffe World Day of Prayer. We want to celebrate God’s goodness to us not only because he has saved us by grace but because of the good things his grace produces in our lives. His grace produces in us gratitude and new attitudes. His grace connects us to his heart, carries us through difficulties and draws us into community. Let’s draw deeper from God’s well of grace as we pray!

Many of those who participate in the Wycliffe World Day of Prayer each year pray in community with ministry partners and others who are engaged in Bible translation. The Bible teaches us that we are made to live in communityto bear one another’s burdens and walk together through the challenges and victories that we all experiencein dependence on God. As we join together this year, we remember that we can pray in unity because of what God has done for us.

The World Day of Prayer is an ideal opportunity for us to take the time to listen to God together. By listening to him with hearts that are ready to accept his will we demonstrate our dependence on him. It can unite our hearts with one another as well as with God, so our attitudes can be changed by his grace as we connect with God. See the resources below and on www.wycliffe.net for some ideas to help us listen to God and discern his will.

The history of Wycliffe’s World Day of Prayer

Resources for 2019 World Day of Prayer

World Prayer Day 2019 Call to Prayer – Grace from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

This year Kirk Franklin has made a short video to encourage us as we come to pray. There are also a range of short videos where different people from the Bible translation movement share how they have experienced God’s grace and how that has impacted their lives and ministries.

Focus on God and what Jesus has done for us on the cross:

Below are some ideas for how to connect with God’s heart during the World Day of Prayer 2019 through listening and reflection:

Reflection_Process_World_Day_of_Prayer_2019_EN

Section 1: Respond to God’s grace in gratitude

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. 

These verses are part of a longer section which talks about how we were spiritually dead due to our sin. Yet God has given us life, eternal life, because of his immense mercy and love. We can take some time in praise to thank God for his love, kindness, mercy and grace and for saving us through Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection. We can reflect on the cross and that our salvation is a free gift that God gives us.

Video – God’s grace produces gratitude

God’s Grace Produces Gratitude – Wycliffe Singapore David Tan_EN from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

Section 2: Allow God’s grace to change attitudes and motivation

Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

God’s grace connects us to God’s heart. In Acts 4 we see that God’s grace filled the hearts of people in the early church with a desire to provide for those in need. As we reflect on God’s grace we can ask him to fill us with his love, compassion and mercy for those we serve and for those we may serve in the future. Ask him to reveal his plan for reaching those who do not yet know him.

Video – God’s grace connects us to his heart

God’s grace connects us to his heart Barton Maino from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

Section 3: Be strengthened by God’s grace to face trials and challenges

2 Corinthians 12:9 and 10 (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Thessalonians 2:16 and 17 (NIV)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

One response to God’s grace in our lives is a desire to serve him. We cannot earn his love as it is a free gift. Serving God is an expression of our gratitude and the love we feel for him.

We are often aware that we cannot serve God well due to our inadequacies. As individuals, teams, operational units and Alliance organisations we bring our needs and weaknesses to God. We can ask for God’s provision, help in our weakness and the skills needed to serve him well and partner with him and others. In the attitude of dependence we long to bring his Word to all those who do not have access to it.

Video: God’s grace gives strength to face challenges

God’s grace gives strength to face challenges Indonesia Helma Siahaan from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

Section 4: Be strengthened as communities of grace

Hebrews 4:14-16

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

One wonderful thing about God’s grace is that it is not limited. We can support our colleagues and partners around the world by praying for them in the struggles they experience. Those who joined the ‘partnering in prayer’ initiative this year can bring the partner organisation’s requests to God. The Day of Prayer provides an opportunity to pray for the change in leadership in the Alliance that will take place in September 2020. See the resources below for many ways to pray for others engaged in Bible Translation. As people gather in unity they may want to take communion together. Thank God that as we stand together in prayer he is building stronger unity and community amongst us.

Videos – God’s grace produces community

God’s Grace Produces Community Doreka Wallace_EN from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

God’s grace produces community PNG Nunes_EN from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

God’s Grace Produces Community Rovi “Bim” Miedes from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

Grace_ Philippines James Daguman from Wycliffe Global Alliance on Vimeo.

If there is no World Day of Prayer event near you

If there is no World Day of Prayer event near you, join with colleagues and partners from around the world by:

  • Gathering prayer information, using the resources and by asking colleagues how you can pray for them.
  • Having communion elements ready if you choose to take communion.
  • Downloading the videos from www.wycliffe.net or from Vimeo  if internet speeds make streaming them a problem.
  • Using recordings of worship songs on streaming sites, church websites, etc. These can help if you want to sing your worship but find it hard to do alone either in individual or group worship.
  • Praying at the same time as colleagues in another place, by finding out when they are praying and ‘joining’ them.
  • Joining colleagues ‘virtually’ with Alliance Organisations and partners that live-stream their prayer events so others can join in. Contact your Area Prayer Advocacy Coordinator to find out what events might be happening in a time zone that is convenient for you.

Ideas for wider participation

Ideas for wider participation in your event:

  • Invite ministry partners and churches to join your Wycliffe World Day of Prayer event.
  • If bandwidth allows, consider setting up a live link to your event so that colleagues not present can still participate.
  • Send prayer material to those who cannot attend so that they can pray for the same things as those attending your event.
  • Let people know when God answers prayers offered during the World Day of Prayer.

Many prayer resources are available on wycliffe.net and can be shared and used during the Day of Prayer (and all year long!). These include prayer items, videos and prayer guides.

Additional Suggestions for prayer resources at the following websites:

Pray for Zero

Finish Line

Joshua Project

Lausanne Movement

And find more prayer videos at:

Prayercast

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