The idea is simple: Reach out and pray for those around you. At the heart of National Prayer Weekend is the desire to see people in our local communities know and encounter God through the power of prayer.
The weekend provides the platform for anyone and everyone to gather prayer requests from those in our communities – from our neighbours, teachers and local supermarket cashiers to our bus drivers, MPs and nurses. This is a perfect opportunity to find out more about who they are: their lives, their concerns and their needs, so that we can, through prayer, introduce them to a God who loves them.
CWR launched the first National Prayer Weekend last year, and the response was incredible. More than 1,300 individuals and churches united, creating a network of prayer all over the world. We heard stories of answered prayers, people going to church or returning to it after a long time, and amazing testimonies of healings. We heard from churches as far as India, Nigeria and Australia, who were all praying for their local communities.
Here is just a taste of the response CWR received from the churches and groups who hosted National Prayer Weekend events in 2015 …
‘We felt the weekend was the beginning of us praying for our community in a way we haven’t done until now.’
‘We contacted local MPs, schools and shops, as well as neighbours, friends and many others, offering to pray for anything they wanted to bring before the Lord. We had some unexpected requests from Australia, South Africa, Romania, Spain, the House of Commons and people who live in surrounding towns and other villages. We had a really amazing time.’
We believe God can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine, and so it is with excitement and expectation that we are launching National Prayer Weekend 2016. This year it will be held over 23–25 September. Here’s how you can get involved …
It is so easy to join in with the National Prayer Weekend! All you need to do is visit www.national-prayer-weekend.com and sign up with your postcode to get your town pinned on the prayer map. Make your mark on the nation today!
Once you’ve signed up, you can begin to prepare for your weekend. The website includes free resources for you to use, which include:
- Prayer request cards
- ‘How to’ guide
- Creative prayer ideas
- Sermon outlines
- And much more …
Spread the news about your prayer weekend, encourage your friends and family to get involved, and share stories with other people praying all over the world. Find the National Prayer Weekend on Facebook, and follow @NPWtogether on Twitter to share your stories, pictures and prayer ideas with an online community.
So join in Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September by praying for your local community as an individual, group or church. Together we can make a difference in our communities for God’s glory.