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Minute for Mission: World Day of Prayer


March 6, 2020

Artwork from Zimbabwe. (provided)

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement that is celebrated in more than 170 countries and led by Christian women who welcome all to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. The day’s motto is “informed prayer and prayerful action.” World Day of Prayer is celebrated on the first Friday in March; this year, that is today, March 6.

This year’s theme — “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk!” — was selected by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Zimbabwe, which also prepared this year’s worship materials. Reflecting on the turmoil within Zimbabwe as well as the world at large, they were guided by Jesus’ response to the lame man at Bethzatha: “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6)

As people of faith, we are called to act in love, confident in God who offers personal and social transformation. “To be made well” is a choice. World Day of Prayer 2020 invites each of us to reflect on Jesus’ question for our own lives.

To learn more about World Day of Prayer and order resources, visit

Carissa Herold, Marketing Associate for Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Today’s Focus:  World Day of Prayer

Let us join in prayer for: 

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Kris Valerius, Office of the General Assembly
Miguel Vargas, Office of the General Assembly

Let us pray:

Compassionate God, too often we feel immobilized by the turmoil of this world. As people of faith, we understand that we are called to respond affirmatively to Jesus’ question: “Do you want to be made well?” Be with each of us who pray this prayer as we rise, as we take our mat, and as we walk toward healing and wholeness. May our courage to act be a blessing to you and your world. Amen.

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