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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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March

Prayer for our international programs team


Mar 1 – 4Pray for Anthony Sell, our Director of International Programs, as he seeks to lead his team with Godly wisdom. Thank God for the blessing of his passion and expertise to our organisation.
Mar 5 – 11Thank God for the incredible dedication of our International Programs Team. Ask that God would protect them and keep them safe when they travel to the countries we seek to serve.
Mar 12 – 18Ask God to bless the team’s working relationships with our Christian partners in the field. Pray that He would continue to make these partnerships fruitful and effective. Ask Him to use these partnerships to increase the capacity of everyone involved.
Mar 19 – 25Thank God for increasing the impact of Baptist World Aid’s international programs work, through important peer partnerships. Through our membership with the Integral Alliance and the Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations consortium, Baptist World Aid has greatly widened the reach of its disaster work.
Mar 26 – 31Right now, the International Programs team is gearing up to select projects to fund in the next financial year. Ask that God would grant them clear minds and His perspective as they analyse project proposals.
April

Prayer for freedom from exploitation


April 1 – 2Baptist World Aid’s world-leading Behind the Barcode research is now in its fourth year. Please pray for our advocacy team as they launch the 2017 Australian Fashion Report. Ask God to give them wisdom, good health, and energy as they deal with media enquiries during this busy period.
April 3 – 9Please pray for the progress of our new anti-slavery campaign, Check the Chain, which is being launched in conjunction with the 2017 Australian Fashion Report. The campaign will call on the Australian Government to follow the example set in the UK (and, also California) and introduce legislation which requires organisations to disclose what they are doing to eradicate exploitation and slavery in their supply chains.
April 10 – 16As Christians, Easter is a time to reflect on the sacrifice of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. For others, this time of year is celebrated with gifts of chocolate. The use of child labour in dangerous conditions has been a long-standing issue on cocoa farms. Please pray for the liberation of children who are trapped in bonded labour.
April 17 – 23Please pray for our Catalyst groups as they advocate for justice in their church and local communities. Thank God for placing, in the hearts of our Catalyst members, a passion for justice and a conviction to stand with the vulnerable.
April 24 – 30Thank God for everything He is doing through the Behind the Barcode research and broader advocacy work. Thank Him for the privilege of involving us, His people, in the process of change for the vulnerable.
May

Prayer for women living in poverty


May 1 – 7For Baptist World Aid, Mother’s Day represents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate ALL women. This May we invite you to join us in prayer for every woman involved in our programming overseas. Ask God to continue to build their skills and strengthen their ability to bring change for their families, friends, and communities.
May 8 – 14Thank God for the work of our Christian field partners in the Pacific region, which is promoting better maternal health for new mums through community volunteers! And thank Him for the generous support of our Community Development work, including the Maternal Health Big Gift, which makes this life-saving work possible!
May 15 – 21Please pray for women affected by the violence in The Middle East. Ask God to give them safety and peace in times of immense conflict. Thank God for the faithful work of our Christian partners, which blesses women in dire need.
May 22 – 28Please thank God for the amazing and inventive work of women, which is serving to change the lives of families… Like the community women’s group Baptist World Aid visited in Uganda last year, which formed a bakery and shares the profits to pay for their children’s school fees!
May 29 – 31Please thank God for the blessing of new Maternal Health Clinics, like the two birthing centres built by community members and our Christian partner in the field, INF, in Nepal last year. Praise God! Your generosity helps mums and their new babies stay healthy!
June

Prayer for matching grant and multiplication


June 1 – 4We recently launched our annual Matching Grant appeal. Thank God for the incredible generosity that is regularly shown by all our supporters during this appeal. Thank Him for the transformative community development work which is made possible, because of that generosity.
June 5 – 11Thank God for the amazing multiplication produced by community development work. Thank him that when we bless an individual, it can mean transformation for a family, and even a whole community!
June 12 – 1817 June is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The last season was a dry very one for Kenya. Thank God for the blessing of sand dams, which provide water in dry periods. These sand dams were made possible by your support… and Australian Government funding!
June 19 – 25Please thank God for the continued blessing of Australian Government funding. Ask that God would continue to grow the government’s faith in our organisation, and the work which you help to make possible. Australian Government funding is determined by the level of support given to us by our supporters. Pray that God would continue to multiply the funding we are blessed with as an organisation.
June 26 – 30Please thank God for the dedication, passion, and skills of our partner staff, like those who work for ADS in Kenya. Ask God to continue to bless their relationships with community members, and thank Him for the trust and respect which has flourished as they work with community members to end poverty.
July

Prayer for your state representatives


July 1 – 2Please pray for your dedicated State Representatives. With Be Love Sponsorship Sunday approaching, this is one of their busiest periods. Please ask that God would refresh them and give them energy and good health as they share their hearts with Baptist Churches across Australia.
July 3 – 9Your State Representatives spend a great deal of time on the roads. Please pray for safety and protection during their travels.
July 10 – 16Pray that God continues to reveal His heart for justice to your State Representatives. Thank Him for their passion and conviction to share this message.
July 17 – 23Please pray for the families of your State Representatives, who regularly release their husbands and fathers to minister to Baptist Churches across Australia. Ask God to honour their sacrifice and bless their family life together.
July 24 – 31Please continue to support your own State Representative in prayer. You can find out who your State Representative is at baptistworldaid.org.au/our-story/our-people/state-representatives.

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