World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.
- It is a movement initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions.
- It is a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are welcome.
- It is a movement which brings together women of various races, cultures, and traditions in closer fellowship, understanding, and action throughout the year.
Through World Day of Prayer, women around the world
- affirm their faith in Jesus Christ
- share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs
Through World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged
- to become aware of the whole world and no longer live in isolation
- to be enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures
- to take up the burdens of other people and pray with and for them
- to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society
- Through World Day of Prayer, women affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and both have immeasurable influence in the world. (Information provided by the World Day of Prayer international website)