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Pentecost Sunday: Global Day of Prayer
“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.” 1 Samuel 12:23 (NIV)

Whenever I read this Scripture I am humbled and a little fearful of the responsibility that the Lord has placed upon His children to pray. The text of this scripture refers to the cry of the Israelites to the prophet Samuel to petition for them before the Lord because they have realized the error of their ways in asking God for a king. Samuel’s response is the verse that is highlighted above. And yet, is it only Samuel who has been called to carry the weight of prayer for those around him? Have we, as the Lord’s priests, also been called to pray as well?

Prayer, as we know, is not convenient or comfortable.

The revelation that has overtaken my heart is that prayer is one of the greatest expressions of love we can give to humankind. Love, as we have begun to understand, is not based on warm and fuzzy feelings but on action. We are called to love even when we don’t feel like it. As parents we are called to love when our children tell us they hate us because we will not bend to their demands. We are called to love our brothers in the faith even when they gossip about us and judge our actions not knowing the reasons behind them. We are called to love when it’s not convenient or comfortable. In all of the challenges of life, one of the most sacrificial ways to love is by the act of prayer. 

Prayer, as we know, is not convenient or comfortable. We can be weary in our physical bodies and yet the call comes to pray for tragedies, trials, and temptations. We can be in the middle of a meeting, or sound asleep in bed and the Spirit drops a name into our hearts with an urgency we can’t deny. For those who are seasoned in the ways of prayer we have learned to respond to these promptings without putting our intellect in gear.

We have been summoned by the Lord to pray and so we will. And so the verse above,

“far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray……”.

One of the greatest prayers in the Bible is from2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

There is no doubt that this call to arms is directed to Christians. Our posture is laid out before us, being one of humility and another of repentance. If we want our land, however that is defined - be it family, church, community, city, province or country healed, then we must bend the knee and pray out of love for those around us. We can cry mercy for our selfish and sinful ways. We can ask for wisdom to handle the little or much that the Lord has given us materially. We can be silent in His presence as He whispers words of reconciliation not only for ourselves but also for those we walk in relationship day in and day out. The list can go on and on……..

On May 31st, 2009 we will be gathering across the GTA to pray on Global Day of Prayer, which is Pentecost Sunday, the birth of the church. My prayer is that the body of Christ will hear this clarion call to stand in the gap and pray like we have never prayed before, expressing the Father’s love at a time that has been divinely appointed for each of us to stand with Jesus as intercessors before the throne of grace!

Linda Ferrante is the director of Global Day Of Prayer, Toronto.

Originally published in The Kneeling Army Newsletter, April 2009.




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