NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER / OCTOBER 31ST
This video, by Roly Heaney & Nick Park, provides a template for you (either alone or as a family) to pray for an hour for Ireland this St Patrick’s Day. The hour is divided into 6 themed segments, giving you space to bring your prayers to God in your own words.
The apostle Paul exhorted the Ephesians to bring “all kinds of prayer and petitions” to God. The National Day of Prayer is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Our desire is to see Churches and Christians all across Ireland, irrespective of geographical or denominational boundaries, praying on 31st October in whatever way works best for them.
‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ 2 Chronicles 7:14
We are living in unprecedented times with a worldwide pandemic that is affecting every nation including Ireland. The effects have been devastating with all our lives impacted, our livelihoods curtailed, and our freedom restricted.
As the months have passed, there has been a growing sense of hopelessness and fear as the situation has not improved but seems to be getting worse. Even with the gallant efforts of our health advisors and governments, the spread of Covid 19 has not declined. Without change, we are looking ahead to a long bleak winter.
Is there hope? The answer is ‘Yes’. With God there is always hope.
However, we need to do our part by cooperating with God, realising the need for His help and mercy. God calls us to humbly pray and seek His face, to examine our lives and repent of our sins. Then He will heal our land!
The National Day of Prayer on Saturday, 31st October is a call for Christians throughout Ireland to come to God in prayer and fasting. To really seek God with all our hearts and pray for an awakening of faith throughout this island and an outpouring of renewal upon the Church. This is an opportunity for a concerted effort from churches and individuals of all denominations and backgrounds to come before God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and unity of the Holy Spirit, and cry out for our land.
Let us realise the importance of the days we are living in and the part we can play by responding to the call of God.
‘Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly.
Summon the elders and all who live in the land
to the house of the Lord your God and cry out to the Lord.’ Joel 1:14
The National Day of Prayer is an initiative started by Nick Park of Evangelical Alliance Ireland & Roly Heaney of Redcross Church of Ireland, Wicklow
Nick Park, of Evangelical Alliance Ireland – “How we respond to Covid-19 has been an issue of stress, and sometimes division, within the Christian Church and the Evangelical community. One thing we should all be agreed upon is the need to pray urgently and fervently. Let’s unite on 31st October to intercede for Ireland. Prayer changes things. May God change our nation.” You can contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Roly Heaney is the minister at Redcross Church of Ireland in County Wicklow. God spoke into Roly’s heart during a time of prayer recently about the necessity for Christians and Churches in Ireland to unite in a National Day of Prayer on 31st October. You can contact Roly at email@example.com
Nick explains how to set up your own 24/7 virtual prayer room
National Day of Prayer Endorsements
Pastor Sean Mullarkey, St. Marks, Dublin & CCI
Pastor Solomon Aroboto, Christian Community Church, Arklow
Paul Reid, Pastor Emeritus, Christian Fellowship Church, Belfast
Pastor Kevin Fitzgibbon, Abundant Life Christian Church, Limerick