One of my most enduring memories of growing up in a Disciples church was the presence of the CWF (Christian Womens Fellowship), now known as DWM (Disciple Womens Ministries), in every aspect of congregational life. Not the least of which was the church’s prayer life. Those Disciples women in Childress embraced prayer as a way of being. It is no different at Northway today! I suspect it is pretty much the same at most Disciples churches, wherever they might be located. Thus, it should come as no surprise that a great number of Disciples women will be celebrating a special day of prayer–The World Day of Prayer–on Friday March 2.
The 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. This annual day of celebration is the first Friday of March.
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.
The season of Lent encourages us to prepare for the celebration of Easter through spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation. It is therefore very appropriate that the World Day of Prayer falls within the Lenten season. And from my own experience of the CWF at my home church as a child, it is most appropriate that today’s DWM lead the way in embracing a life of prayer that is promoted through the World Day of Prayer.
To learn more about World Day of Prayer, go to: http://www.worlddayofprayer.net/index.html