Churches to Dedicate Week of Prayer to God in January

Christian denominations around the world are preparing to dedicate a week of prayer in January with an emphasis in seeking God and unity.

In the Assemblies of God, the annual Week of Prayer is scheduled for Jan. 1-7, 2006. To help churches prepare for the event, the denomination is providing posters, bookmarks, and a devotional booklet on the theme of “Seeking God.”

While churches are allowed to observe the week of prayer any time of the year, the AG National Prayer Center will post prayer requests on its websites throughout the official week of prayer – the first week of the year. At that light, Thomas E. Trask, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, said it is “vitally important for each church body to set aside a time at the beginning of the year to commune with God” through prayer, according to AG news.

Meanwhile, hundreds of other denominations around the body will be observing a week of prayer on the third week of January. The World Council of Churches and Roman Catholic Church’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2006 falls from Jan. 18 – 26, and follows the theme “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

Materials for the ecumenical week of prayer were developed jointly by the Council and the Roman Catholic Church.