YWAM’s global prayer day is coming soon! Darlene Cunningham, YWAM’s Co-Founder, explains the importance of YWAM’s first prayer topic: ending Bible poverty.
Dear YWAM Global Family,
These are amazing days that we are living in—so many exciting reports of multiplication of workers and of people coming to Jesus. Yet, at the same time, we are aware that as the Light becomes brighter, the evil in the world is truly becoming more radical and more blatant. We are aware that many of you are facing true evil and persecution on a daily basis. It’s more important now than ever that we are engaged in prayer for one another—that our hearts are tuned into the Lord, and we hear His still small voice guiding us, both in the “big” things, and literally the everyday details to avoid the dangers the enemy has planned to detour us from accomplishing the dreams in God’s heart.
As Loren and I have met with the Founders’ Circle and other leadership groupings, we have carried the mission in our hearts. The Lord has reminded us that the prayer base must be strong enough and broad enough to support the ministry outreach and growth. I know many of you are praying faithfully, but we feel the Lord is encouraging us as leaders to initiate one day a month, the second Thursday (or whatever day close to that works best for your community), when the whole YWAM family will join together for a YWAM global day of prayer. It’s called “The Invitation.” God is inviting us into His presence to help carry and nurture His dreams.
Each month there will be a different focus: one month, we will all pray for the concerns of our local community; the next month for the YWAM area that you are a part of (and that God will help us to pioneer where we are not!); and the third month for global concerns. This rhythm may be adjusted as the Holy Spirit leads, if there is an urgent situation that we all need to rally around. Facilitators from the global communication team will help send out the reminders and prayer alerts each month.
The focus for the first YWAM global prayer day of 2015 (October 8) will be to pray for the vision God has put in Loren’s heart, which is constantly being confirmed by other leaders in the body of Christ worldwide, to End Bible Poverty Now. Living with Loren, I can tell you that God has consumed him with this passion. He is eating, sleeping, living and breathing this vision not just on a daily basis—it’s more like minute-to-minute!
Loren and I have been blessed to live on the front edge of this amazing missions wave called YWAM. We have seen the greatness of God in so many ways. But no season has been more thrilling than the one we are in the midst of right now! Let’s join in prayer together for all the dreams in God’s heart to be fulfilled, and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven! His will is for everyone to have access to His Word!
Love and blessings,
Much more information will be shared with you in October regarding Ending Bible Poverty Now. You can expect more information from Loren and Darlene, reference links, as well as specific suggestions for how to pray. Please be asking the Lord to prepare your heart for this and for Him to speak specifically to you through the Holy Spirit.
October 8, 2015 (second Thursday of the month). The second Thursday is just a suggestion. Feel free to pray close to that date at a time that works well for your schedule.
First Global Topic: Ending Bible Poverty Now
Followed by . . .
November 12, 2015 – Praying for Local Concerns (Location and Community)
December 10, 2015 – Praying for Areas, and Where YWAM Is Not
And then repeat . . .
January 14, 2016 – Global Topic: A Picture of a Breakthrough in the Muslim World
February 11, 2016 – Praying for Local Concerns (Location and Community)
March 10, 2016 – Praying for Areas, and Where YWAM Is Not
Don’t miss The Invitation:
- Sign up for prayer updates. Go to ywam.org, find the “Stay Connected” box on the home page or right-hand column, put in your email address, and click “Sign Up.”
- Download prayer updates in a specific language. Go to ywam.org/theinvitation. (Currently available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Indonesian, or request other languages.)
- Join the conversation about how God is leading in these prayer times. Comment on the Facebook post on the second Thursday at facebook.com/youthwithamission or on Twitter @ywam, hash tag #praywithywam.
- Prepare yourself to pray. Read Shirley Brownhill’s message “Expecting God to do the Miraculous.”
- If you sense God giving you a word or a direction for YWAM’s prayer, please contact us.