March 3, 2023
World Day of Prayer (WDP) is a global ecumenical movement, celebrated in more than 170 countries, led by Christian women who welcome all to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. World Day of Prayer is celebrated annually on the first Friday of March; for 2023 that is today, March 3.
Every year a different country is responsible for resources created to help believers celebrate around the globe. For 2023, the WDP Committee of Taiwan chose the theme “I Have Heard About Your Faith,” based on Ephesians 1:15–19, to guide worship, prayer and prayerful action. The women of Taiwan lament the forces that compel them to live “under the shadow of war” and the impact that such fear and uncertainty bring to their lives and the lives of their families and communities. They lament but they are also encouraged that through Christ they (and all who suffer unjustly) are beloved and that as disciples they will “know the hope to which God has called you.”
Through Christ our lives have meaning and purpose. World Day of Prayer 2023 invites each of us to deeply reflect on the hope that is ours through Christ.
To learn more about World Day of Prayer and order resources, visit wdp-usa.org.
Carissa Herold is marketing associate for Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Inc.
Today’s Focus: World Day of Prayer
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Frank Spencer, President, Board of Pensions
Alex Spoelker, Director, Relationship & Development Operations, Ministry Engagement & Support, Administrative Services Group (A Corp)
Let us pray
God of our whole lives, thank you for being with each of us every day. Even in times of suffering, loss or uncertainty, we know that we are never alone. We give thanks and promise to strive to reflect your love to our neighbors. Amen.