Need prayer? Call The Upper Room Living Prayer Center toll-free prayer line at 800.251.2468, 7:00 a.m.& 11:00 p.m. (CST) or visit its web page anytime: www.upperroom.org/prayer.
Your prayer request will be e-mailed to a global Covenant Prayer Group network of prayer volunteers who will intercede on behalf of your need.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
In the traditional church calendar, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day stand out in the month of November, set apart to remember the saints of the church and the souls of those who departed this world. It is fitting, then, that the modern church has set apart the month of November to remember and pray for the persecuted church, through the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Believers in countries such as Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam face violence, imprisonment and even death because of their faith in Jesus Christ. There are other places in the world such as North Korea where acts of persecution take place, but we don’t see or hear of it. Brother Andrew of Open Doors once said: 'Our heroes are not with us simply because they are in prison.'
IDOP is a time set apart for us to remember thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.
Since the earliest days of Methodism in England, the people have gathered to renew their covenant with God. This link has several adaptations of the Covenant Service that has come to us through John Wesley.