Annual Day of Prayer


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May 24th

We invite all who long to see the peoples of the world discipled to Jesus Christ to join us in setting aside time on Wednesday May 24th for prayers of praise and intercession.

It began with prayer May 24, 1943. With a deep passion to bring the love of God to the nations and with an unswerving commitment to the truth of the Scriptures, on Monday, May 24, 1943 at 1:43 in the afternoon, about 50 Baptist pastors and other concerned people gathered at the Central YMCA auditorium at 19 South LaSalle Street in Chicago.

There, on their knees in prayer, they took a step of faith. The Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society was born, incorporated seven months later, to assist churches in sending missionaries to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. In time, the organization came to be known as CBInternational, and now, WorldVenture.

The work of the gospel is advanced through faithful men and women praying to God for the redemptive needs of lost peoples and joining him in that work. Honoring this legacy as a Mission, we set aside every May 24th as a day of prayer.


Psalm 67

For the director of music. With stringed instruments.
A psalm. A song.


1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—

2 so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.

5 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

6 The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.

7 May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Praises

• The Psalmist puts our lives in proper perspective. God’s blessings are for the sake of others, that all nations may know His salvation. Pause in Psalm 67 for a season of praise to our God.

• We praise God for how he is drawing people to himself through the discipling-witness of WorldVenture workers.

• We praise God for raising up new workers: 80 individuals are raising support to go, 14 long-term workers have already deployed this year to join with 600+ workers and staff in 64 countries focusing on 100+ people groups.

• We praise God for his sustaining grace in the face of opposition, illness, political turmoil, nothing will thwart his redemptive plans for all peoples!

• We praise God for his goodness and grace, his holiness and justice, his sovereignty and power, and his everlasting love for us!

Prayer Items

• A third of WorldVenture workers live among followers of Islam. Pray for the gospel to break through the barriers that keep many Muslim peoples blind to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Pray for movements of families and communities to embrace Jesus and to follow him. Download the prayer guide here.

• Currently, WorldVenture has 80 Appointees—men and women who are under appointment to serve as international workers once they complete their pre-field training and raise their prayer and support needs. We love them but we sure want to see them go! So, join us in praying for God’s provisions for them to go out very soon to the people and work of his calling!

• Over three-quarters of WorldVenture workers in Europe and the Americas are working with Secular-Catholic peoples. Pray for the gospel to break through the barriers that keep many people who may know something about God and church traditions but remain blind to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Pray for movements of families and communities to embrace Jesus and to follow him.

• There is a lot of evil in our world. Some WorldVenture workers are engaging in diverse efforts to combat human sex trafficking. Pray for these workers who, with local partners, aim to prevent trafficking and assimilate those coming out of this evil. Pray that many will embrace Christ and receive his love for them. Pray that whole communities in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa will be set free from this evil.

• Over two-thirds of all WorldVenture workers in Asia are working with peoples who adhere to Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, and/or Secularism to some degree or another. Pray for the gospel to break through the barriers that keep many peoples bound to tradition and blind to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Pray for movements of families and communities to embrace Jesus and to follow him.

• Wherever WorldVenture workers go and whatever our primary assignments are, everyone is responsible to engage in discipling people to Jesus. For us, this is a deeply relational journey, necessitating a growing understanding and competency in local cultures and languages. Ultimately, this is a spiritual work in which our love for God, His love for people, and the Holy Spirit’s work to draw people to Christ come together in our intentional efforts to make disciples of Jesus. Pray that we will be faithful and fruitful!

• In many places in Africa, WorldVenture workers are engaging peoples who are held in spiritual bondage by traditional-folk religions. Pray for the gospel to break through the barriers that keep many peoples bound to tradition and blind to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Pray for movements of families and communities to embrace Jesus and to follow him.

• It’s a beautiful thing when churches, discerning the movement of God, set apart their own members for the work of the gospel in missions. Pray for churches across the US to train up their own members in missions by engaging the world of immigrants that have moved into our neighborhoods. Pray that God will thrust out more workers to those in desperate need, the helpless and harassed like sheep without a shepherd, who are lost apart from Jesus.

• As with many ministries, WorldVenture has resource limitations. Pray with us for God’s provisions for rest in the work; for more workers; for funds to send and keep workers on the field; and for funds to run the operations of WorldVenture. Pray that we’ll keep our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus and not on what we don’t have.

• Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 10 that as his followers on mission with him, we should expect opposition. WorldVenture workers enter very spiritually dark places. Engaging the battle requires spiritual “grit;” the Spirit of God empowerment for witness, to stand together, to stand firm, and to persevere in the work. Pray Ephesians 6 over us—to rightly engage the battle against evil, to put on the armor of God, to stand firm, and to be bold in proclaiming the gospel.