World Day of Prayer 2021
‘Build on a strong foundation’
On Friday 5 March, we invite you to join others from around the world in prayer and action for peace and justice – especially for the people in the cyclone-torn country of Vanuatu.
Why we pray?
To talk and listen to God is what Christian’s call ‘prayer’. And what a tremendous honour it is, that the Creator of everything you see and don’t, wants to have an intimate relationship with you.
Far from being simply a chat or a Divine dialogue, prayer has real power! Because, as in all genuine relationships, God’s love for you goes beyond words and into action. So, when we cry out to God, He listens, and He acts.
In Mathew’s gospel account, Jesus shares a story of two houses that are built on different foundations and what happens when storms and floods hit them.
The essence of this story highlights the need for people to build their house in the right place. And for the people of Vanuatu this literally could mean life or death. A home that’s built in the wrong place can easily be destroyed by storms, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and cyclones.
In Juliette Pitta’s vivid painting “Cyclone Palm II” a woman grips her newborn in prayer as waves crash over her palm tree of refuge, while crosses scatter the horizon showing the victims of the cyclone. And on 6 April 2020 this picture became a reality, once again, with Cyclone Harold tearing through the Pacific destroying islands, homes and lives.
So together on World Day of Prayer 2021, we join together in crying out to God for the people of Vanuatu, asking for His Spirit’s healing, protection and strong and safe foundations in their homes, life and faith.
We believe united prayer can have immeasurable influence across the world. Let’s come together to pray for Vanuatu.
Date: Friday 5 March 12 noon
Venue: Wesley Church
220 Pitt Street, Sydney