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At Baptist World Aid we believe that prayer is an important part of our Christian response to the injustice and oppression that we see in our world. But we also know that sometimes the biggest challenge can be knowing what to pray.

Use the information in this Prayer Calendar to guide your daily prayer time.

Please join with us as we urge God to right injustice and enable people everywhere to live life to the full in Jesus’ name.

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November

Prayer for the Baptist Church


Nov 1 – 4

Pray for the Australian Baptist Church leaders as they seek to follow God’s call. Ask that He would help them to lead with Godly wisdom. Pray that they would be surrounded by an army of faithful encouragers to strengthen and love them.

Nov 5 – 11

The generosity of the Australian Baptist Church is defining our movement as one that is passionate about justice and compassion. Thank God for using this generosity as a powerful witness in your own community, the nation, and overseas.

Nov 12 – 18

Baptist World Aid is fortunate to have a number of partnerships with Australian Baptist Churches. Thank God for the loving hearts that hold up these communities. Pray that He continues to reveal more of Himself, as these churches seek to support work that lifts families out of poverty.

Nov 19 – 25

November heralds the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of the monsoon. Please pray for Baptist churches overseas as they prepare to respond to a sharp increase in need in their communities.

Nov 26 – 30

Please pray for the global Baptist movement. May it be a light shining bright in the darkness of our broken world. May it be a movement marked by God’s love.

December

Pray for HOPE to break through


Dec 1 – 9

In the busyness of preparing for the Christmas season, ask God to give you a fresh revelation of what it is we’re celebrating. Thank Him for His loving kindness and the opportunity that Christmas brings with it for you to share His love to others.

Dec 10 – 16

Christmas is a busy time for our State Representatives, who will be visiting churches around the country to share Yan’s powerful story of hope. Please pray for the safety and health of the State Representatives during this period. Ask that God would use them to bless and encourage the churches they visit.

Dec 17 – 23

Please pray for mums like Yan and their families. Ask that God would use your generous support to cause hope to break through in their lives. Praise Him for the incredible difference that your generosity to the 2018 Be Hope Christmas Appeal will make for even more families like Yan’s.

Dec 24 – 31

Thank God for the ultimate gift of hope that He gave us through the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. There was once a time, when, like Yan, our world was waiting for hope… but we’re not waiting anymore!

January

Pray for safety in the face of disaster


Jan 1 – 6

As you reflect on the passing of another year, please pray for families affected by disaster, who might be entering 2019 with uncertainty and fear in their hearts. In addition to the continuing conflicts around the world, there were a spate of disasters in the last half of 2018 that Baptist World Aid is now responding to. Thank God for the generosity of Australian supporters who make this work possible.

Jan 7 – 13

At the end of September 2018, the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia was hit by a double disaster. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami claimed the lives of countless children, women, and men. Pray for families who grieve the loss of their loved ones. Pray that God would use your generosity to reveal His great love.

Jan 14 – 20

On 15 September 2018, as Australia slept, Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines. Some of Baptist World Aid’s Child Sponsorship communities were affected. Please pray for the work that continues in this area to rebuild rice paddies and livelihoods… in the face of a severe food shortage.

Jan 21 – 27

It’s cyclone season in the Pacific region. Pray that God would protect families in this region from disaster. Thank Him for the work of our Disaster Action Fund, which saves lives before, during, and after disaster… thanks to your generosity!

Jan 28 – 31

As you prepare to enter the rest of 2019, thank God for the many blessings of 2018… and pray that He would use you to build His kingdom in the year ahead. Please continue to pray for families affected by conflict driven crises in the Middle East and for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

February

Pray for your Catalyst groups in 2019


Feb 1 – 3

This month, staff from Baptist World Aid will be travelling Australia to launch the 2019 Catalyst Program… and our 60th Anniversary celebrations! Please pray for their safety and ask that God would make their trips fruitful.

Feb 4 – 10

Please pray for the amazing Catalyst team at Baptist World Aid… who are ready to lead your Catalyst groups in another year of grassroots advocacy. Pray that God would grant them wisdom, energy, and health in the year ahead.

Feb 11 – 17

Please thank God for your Catalyst leaders. These wonderful people sow so much of their time and energy into leading your Catalyst groups. Thank Him for their faithfulness! Ask God to continue to inspire their passion and heart for justice.

Feb 18 – 24

Please pray for your Catalyst groups. Ask God to continue leading them in their tireless pursuit of justice. Pray that He would use the groups to not only transform the lives of people living in poverty… but also the hearts of our communities and leaders in Australia.

Feb 25 – 28

Please pray for the Catalyst advocacy campaigns, planned for the year ahead. Pray that God would prepare the hearts and minds of leaders and community members who will come into contact with our Catalyst groups throughout 2019. Seek God in faith for a year of fruitful change.

March

Pray for The 60/40 Challenge


Mar 1 – 3

On Sunday 3 Mar, in celebration of our 60th Anniversary, we are launching a new discipleship tool for you, in churches around Australia. It’s called The 60/40 Challenge. Pray that God would use it to work in the hearts and lives of Australian Christians.

Mar 4 – 10

For 60 years, the work of Baptist World Aid has been carried out thanks to the faithfulness of its people. From the volunteers who first began it, to those who give of their time today, to its passionate and skilled staff – thank God for providing this organisation with INCREDIBLE people. But, most importantly, thank Him for the generosity of Australian Christians like you who make it all possible!

Mar 11 – 17

Thank God for the countless lives touched around the world over the course of these 60 years. Thank God for the childhood dreams achieved; for new and flourishing livelihoods; for whole communities lifted out of poverty… and all thanks to your desire to be love in our broken world!

Mar 18 – 24

Thank God for the many amazing relationships with Christian partner organisations which have grown out of these last 60 years. Praise Him for blessing these partnerships and making them fruitful. Thank him for compassionate and skilled partner field staff.

Mar 25 – 31

Thank God for everything He has planned for the years ahead. Ask Him to continue to be present in the work of Baptist World Aid… here in Australia and in communities overseas. Ask that He would continue to be at the centre of everything we do and that, together, we will continue to honour Him.

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