Millions of believers around the world will join in focused prayer on Oct. 3, 2010, for the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem (DPPJ). According to co-chairs Pastor Jack Hayford and Robert Stearns, this year 175 nations on seven continents will join the annual event, which takes place on the first Sunday every October. Organizers are projecting 3 million participants this year.
DPPJ began in 2002 in meetings with leading political and religious leaders from Israel and the U.S., and is now the largest prayer movement of its kind, as noted on the ministry’s website, www.daytopray.com. Approximately 1,200 prominent Christian leaders lend their active support to the annual event, a day set aside each year to raise awareness and to intercede for God’s purposes for this troubled, but strategic, land and its people.
Churches interested in participating can visit the Day to Pray website to find resources—including a booklet by Foursquare’s own Pastor Jack called, “Why Stand With Israel?"—as well as posters, videos and flyers. In addition, congregations can link to the Jerusalem celebration through GOD TV on Oct. 3.
Individuals may also get involved personally by signing the "Call to Prayer Resolution," which will be presented to the mayor of Jerusalem.
By: Rod Light, an ordained Foursquare minister and educator in Los Angeles