International Day of Prayer
The General (the international leader of The Salvation Army) has called our movement to a day of prayer, this Sunday 19th April.
We have been asked to set aside the day for intentional prayer, specifically around the effects that the coronavirus pandemic is having around the world.
Our territory has the privilege of being the first in the world to start this day of prayer, with Samoa leading us first. Salvationists and friends are called to rise with the light, setting off a wave of prayer that will sweep across our territory and Australasia, through Asia, over Africa and Europe and then on to North and South America, finishing up as it reaches Hawaii, back in the Pacific Ocean.
There are a range of ways to get involved - see below.
New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Info
Time throughout the day has been allocated to different areas of our territory to take the lead.
7–8:30am Samoa Region
8:30–10am Southern Division
10-11am Salvation Online service
11am-12:30pm Northern Division
12:30-2pm Fiji Division
2-3:30pm Midland Division
3:30-5pm Tonga Region
5-6:30pm Central Division
This Sunday's Salvation Online service will focus on this prayer theme and will include times of worship, interactive prayer, scripture, prayer in eight different languages and our Territorial Commander, Commissioner Mark Campbell, will be bringing the word.
(All times are NZ local time)
You can pray as you feel led - this may be as an individual, with those you live with, on your corps or centre Facebook group, on the Prayer Wall below or in ways that each division suggests.
Here are some topics to help guide your prayer time.
1. Thank God for His infinite mercy, grace and power; praying the words of assurance found in Psalm 93; Psalm 63: 1 – 8; Psalm 103 etc
2. Pray for the effective action around the world to stop the spread of COVID-19; praying for leaders of nations and communities; government leaders and others for their sustained wisdom and action at this time
3. Pray for success for the scientists who are working to develop a vaccine for the virus
4. Pray for all medical professionals who are stretched beyond capacity to respond to the growing need for medical care; praying for their families who will be anxious at this time
5. Pray for people who are suffering anxiety; loss of employment; uncertain futures financially
6. Pray for the emergency respondents actively working to keep people safe; their coordinated efforts
7. Pray in turn for various people groups;
e.g. our children and our youth, the elderly, parents and guardians, business leaders and owners, those now unemployed or facing unemployment, teachers & all educational providers, church leaders, separated family members, the homeless, new migrants, mayors and councillors, members of parliament and community leaders
8. Pray for the most vulnerable countries in this world where hardship, poverty, displacement and disease means that death is always a daily threat
9. Pray for the ongoing joining together of our neighbourhoods and communities, so that we move out of this experience with greater community well-being
10. Pray against the increasing incidents of family violence and substance abuse that is occurring in these stressful times
11. Pray for Christ’s Kingdom to come – as it is in Heaven, let it be on earth
The Salvation Army International website has more information and resources.
The site includes a video from the General, prayer prompts, information about The Salvation Army's COVID-19 response, prayer maps, etc.
Click the link below to check these out and utilise them.
The prayer wall is an interactive way that you can request prayer or intercede and pray for others. All the information you provide is confidential and optional.
Each prayer request will be received and moderated so if you don't see your request, please refresh the page. Click "I Prayed" to add your prayers to the visual counter.
There is a security question to ensure the system isn't abused - the answer to the question is 2.5. You'll see a green tick if everything's gone through as it should!