Today, Friday 4th March, is The World Day of Prayer, a day which will be recognised by Christians around the world. The website for The World Day of Prayer describes this day as:
…an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together women of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.
This year’s host country is Cuba and the theme for 2016 is “Receive children, receive me.” This theme offers the following invitation for those acknowledging The World Day of Prayer today:
“Receive children. Receive me”. Maybe that is what Jesus would have liked to hear from the disciples when the little children were brought to him for a blessing! Instead, the disciples spoke sternly to them. Then Jesus challenged the disciples to see God’s love in the face of those children and to care for them. Let them come, and you will learn how to receive the Kingdom of God! Receive children. Receive me!
Which of those attitudes has been yours? Who are the children whom Jesus embraces and blesses while challenging us to receive them like the Kingdom of God? How would you with the worldwide WDP community continue to share this blessing? In silence, we listen to the voice of women and children in Cuba, meditate and embrace as we pray with them.
We are invited to offer not only the money that we share in solidarity with women and children locally and abroad, but to also offer commitment to act in the name of God’s love. The Butterfly Jasmin flower will carry our commitments offered in prayer. Each one of us will carry out a blessing to fill our hearts with the tenderness of children, the hope for God’s Love and the joy for embracing the people of Cuba through the 2016 Worship Service.
– World Day of Prayer, Australia
You can find out more about this year’s host country, Cuba, by watching the video below.
Or head to the World Day of Prayer Australia website for more information.