Global Day of Prayer & Fasting: 6 November 2023

Whenever we gather to worship with believers from many nations, as we just did at General Assembly, I feel it’s a glimpse of the coming reality when every tribe and tongue will worship the Lamb around the throne (Revelation 7:9-10).

Not only in heaven will the reality of every tribe and tongue worshipping Jesus come, but also on earth. Malachi 1:11 states, “‘My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

In Scripture, incense is connected to prayer and worship (Psalm 141:2, Revelation 5:8, Revelation 8:3-5). So Malachi 1:11 speaks of the day that, in every place, there will be believers worshiping Him purely, which will be like incense rising up to Him. Each tribe has a unique sound in the symphony of praise and worship rising up to the Lord, pleasing to Him like sweet-smelling incense.

“From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One” (Isaiah 24:16). As we worship and pray across the earth now, we are part of the fulfillment of Malachi 1:11 and Revelation 7:9-10, and it does bring glory and pleasure to the One who desires all people to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Psalm 22:3 says that the Lord is enthroned on the praises of His people, so as His people praise Him, it also extends His rule and kingdom across the earth.

This month we have a special opportunity to come together as one Body of believers from the ends of the earth to worship and pray to our King in our native languages, in our unique ways, creating sweet-smelling incense across the earth day and night from 20-21 November during our 24/7 Global Day of Worship. I encourage you to sign up for a slot to lead worship and prayer with your team, or even by yourself, and to join in worshipping with other brothers and sisters around the globe.

For His glory,

Ember Liddiard

International Prayer Deputy Director

Some suggestions for this month’s Global Day of Prayer and Fasting

  • Watch/Listen: You might like to join in with this song.
  • Read: Psalm 96:1, Isaiah 42:10
  • Reflect: Have I ever really thought of it as a command from the Lord to sing a new song to Him? How obedient am I to this?
  • Act: Sing a new song to the Lord today – let the Lord hear your voice, your unique voice and sound that only you can worship Him with. Maybe singing a new song feels uncomfortable or awkward to you. You may feel you don’t sound that nice, but it is a sacrifice of praise and I believe the Lord is pleased by your heart more than your pitch! Read Song of Songs 2:14 as if Jesus is speaking directly to you.
  • Read: John 4:23-24, Hebrews 13:15
  • God is desiring those who worship Him in spirit and in truth – from a sincere heart, for His glory alone. Do I worship Him like that? Am I willing to make a sacrifice of praise to sing to the Lord even when I may not feel like it? Am I willing to take part in the 24/7 Global Day of Worship, either leading worship or prayer, or joining in with others?
  • Act: Sign up here to lead worship and prayer, or set aside time now in your calendar that day to join in the live worship and prayer on Zoom.
  • Read: Psalm 117:1
  • Reflect: We got a glimpse of Revelation 7:9 and Malachi 1:11 at GA with so many different cultures and languages represented in worship. But there are voices missing. Whole tribes and languages are missing. Not just from GA, or from our Youth for Christ family, but from any Christian meeting – people groups that have never heard the gospel. And there are youth in your nation, in your area, in your town whose voices have yet to join in the chorus of praise. So how will they pray and worship with us? See Romans 10:14-15.
  • Act: Continue to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out more harvest workers, across the earth and in your Youth for Christ area. Pray for the lost youth in your area.