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In May 2021 the Council of Delegates called for a year of prayer within the CRC. You are invited to:

The CRC Prayer Guide offers another way to pray for our shared ministry as a denomination, with specific prayer requests for each day of the year. View these prayer requests below, download printer-friendly versions, or get them delivered to your email inbox (choose to receive them daily, weekly, or once a month).

You may also be interested in the prayer section of The Network and the CRC News weekly email.

Sunday May 1
from: Diaconal Ministries Canada: NewGround Sunday

NewGround (formerly Operation Manna) helps churches love their community! Please pray for our expanded program, which includes a youth justice initiative and deacon scholarships. Ask God to multiply the offerings collected for NewGround today so that even more churches across Canada can be a healing presence and a doorway of hope in their local communities.

Monday May 2
from: Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee: Reconciliation

Participants in the 2021-22 season of Hearts Exchanged are wrapping up the reconciliation stage of their learning this month. Hearts Exchanged is a reconciliation learning and action journey. Please pray for participants as they consider how best to use their learning in their local churches in further dialogue and action.

Tuesday May 3
from: World Renew: Leadership

Delegates at World Renew’s annual board meeting in April celebrated many things, including ministry impact, strong fundraising results, the chance to be together after two years of virtual meetings, the new U.S. headquarters, and the 60th anniversary of World Renew! Praise God with us for this time of business, worship, relationship building, learning, strategic planning, and celebration.

Wednesday May 4
from: Resonate Global Mission: Europe

Many Resonate missionaries serving throughout Europe are caring for refugees fleeing Ukraine. Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance in this work. Pray for safety, protection, and provision for people who have been displaced from their homes.

Thursday May 5
from: Communications: National Day of Prayer (U.S.)

Join Christians across the United States in praying for the nation and the world. May God’s will and wisdom guide leaders at all levels for the good of all communities and families.

Friday May 6
from: ReFrame Ministries: Russia

ReFrame’s Russian ministry partners are publishing a new Christian devotional guide in partnership with a large church in Russia. Pray that the new devotions will be able to be distributed as planned and will encourage the 3,000 readers of the magazine in which they will be published.

Saturday May 7
from: Disability Concerns: Children and youth

May 7 in Canada is Child and Youth Mental Health Day. As we have learned from navigating the pandemic, the mental health of the next generation has been greatly affected. Please join us in praying for the mental health of children and youth and for those who provide mental health care.

Sunday May 8
from: World Renew: Mother's Day

Around the world, women are often denied basic human rights and opportunities. Genesis 1:26–27 teaches that men and women are created equally in the image of God. World Renew sees women as capable and strong, resilient and essential to God’s plan to restore creation. Please join us in praying for women’s rights worldwide so that they can make positive changes for their families and communities.

Monday May 9
from: Resonate: Michigan

Please pray for student interns and leaders of the campus ministry at Grand Valley State University, a Resonate partner in Michigan. These students are passionately following Christ and discipling other students on campus.

Tuesday May 10
from: Raise Up: Timothy Leadership Training: Learning

Please continue to pray that Timothy Leadership Training may support local pastors and leaders in difficult areas worldwide. Pray for leaders’ wise use of training materials, deep encouragement, and joy in spite of suffering. May God be exalted through these training events and materials.

Wednesday May 11
from: ReFrame: Japan

Yamato has been listening to our Japanese programs about prayer, and he recently shared, "Thank you for your great broadcast. I want to change from a self-centered way of life to a God-centered way of life through prayer." Pray that Yamato will continue to practice praying and grow in his faith.

Thursday May 12
from: Calvin Theological Seminary: Graduates

More than 60 students will be graduating this month. Rejoice with our graduates and their families and the churches and others who have supported them. Pray for them as they transition to ministry positions, further studies, or other places where God may lead them.

Friday May 13
from: Resonate: Philippines

Resonate missionaries Charles and Hensel Oh in the Philippines are building relationships with children in their neighborhood. Ask the Holy Spirit to work through these relationships to bring these children and their families into a relationship with Christ.

Saturday May 14
from: World Renew: Southern Africa

In Zambia, we are assisting partner organization RCZ Diaconia Response in planning a large new phase of work to help the communities we serve. Please pray that this work in community engagement and planning develops plans in line with the communities’ needs, and give thanks for God’s continued blessings on our staff, partners, and participants.

Sunday May 15
from: Safe Church Ministry: Families

Today is International Day of Families. Please pray for Safe Church Ministry as we work with congregations to help create safe communities that can respond with compassion and walk with families facing domestic abuse, empowering persons who have been victimized to take steps toward safety. May churches be safe spaces where vulnerable members of each family may worship without fear or concern.

Monday May 16
from: Resonate: Michigan

Give thanks for the many individuals and families who have found a church home at City Hope GR, a Resonate church plant partner in Michigan. City Hope is a church where people of all abilities can worship, serve, and grow together. Pray that more churches will also work toward becoming accessible for people with disabilities.

Tuesday May 17
from: Pastor Church Resources: Synod

Many churches will be sending delegates to Synod 2022 in just a few weeks. Pray that they may be open to the Spirit’s leading, engage in thoughtful conversations, respect and honor each other, and have the strength and energy needed for a very full week. Pray also for pastors and church leaders as they continue in ministry after significant decisions have been made at synod.

Wednesday May 18
from: World Renew: West Africa

Our West Africa Ministry Team celebrated International Women's Day with a presentation on trauma healing work for survivors of gender-based violence and a solidarity walk. As a result, the local executive chairman pledged his and the local government's support to ending discrimination against women and girls. Though insecurity and poverty persist, we praise God for supportive, positive impacts on people’s lives.

Thursday May 19
from: Resonate: Dominican Republic

Resonate missionaries Steve and Sandra Brauning ask you to pray for ongoing church planting in the Dominican Republic. Please ask God to provide resources and raise up leaders.

Friday May 20
from: Calvinist Cadet Corps: Trust

We pray that our theme "God's in Control," based on Joshua 1:9, continues to remind cadets and counselors that God is always with them through good times and bad times. Please pray that Calvinist Cadets will effectively help boys and men be strong and courageous as they live for Jesus.

Saturday May 21
from: Resonate: Central Asia

A Resonate missionary serving in Central Asia works with men at a rehabilitation center. He teaches them about the gospel and disciples them. Please pray that these men, wherever they are in their faith journey, will continue to learn more about Jesus.

Sunday May 22
from: ReFrame: Indonesia

Pray that ReFrame’s Indonesian ministry partners will continue to reach more people like Eny with their devotional materials. Eny watches Kata-kata Wasiat (“Testament Words”), a short video program that accompanies a monthly devotional booklet. “Thank you for your words and reflections,” Eny shared. “You are strengthening my soul.”

Monday May 23
from: Faith Formation Ministries: Building relationships

Along with our partners in the RCA's Next Generation Engagement, we give thanks for the church communities investing in intergenerational relationships through the Generation Spark process. Pray that churches may continue to grow in strengthening intergenerational relationships that lead to thriving congregations and communities.

Tuesday May 24
from: Resonate: Mexico

Pray for people who are studying the Bible with Resonate missionaries Abe and Elaine Lee in Mexico. Ask the Holy Spirit to help participants grow closer in relationship with Christ. Pray that they may also share the gospel with family, friends, and neighbors.

Wednesday May 25
from: Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: Unity

Pray that, through ecumenical relationships and dialogue, Christ’s followers in diverse denominations will be drawn closer together and more nearly fulfill his prayer: “May [all who believe in me] be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21).

Thursday May 26
from: ReFrame: Ascension Day

Today, on Ascension Day, we begin a season of longing for Jesus’ return and of preparation in the meantime. Pray that God’s people around the world will continue forward with the Great Commission, serving as Jesus’ witnesses “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Friday May 27
from: World Renew: East Africa

Please pray for the programming in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda as our East Africa ministry team manages large institutional grants. Please pray that more institutions may be inspired to support World Renew programming in communities facing extreme drought, food insecurity, and poverty in this region.

Saturday May 28
from: Redeemer University: Graduation

Pray ask God to continue to lead graduating students as they start the next stage of their life journey, to guide Redeemer in shaping students in the Reformed Christian worldview, and to provide Redeemer with the right faculty and staff needed for open positions in the year ahead.

Sunday May 29
from: ReFrame: North America

Pray for Michelle, who recently shared a request with our prayer ministry team: “I suffer from mental illness and trust issues, and it's destroying my marriage. I want to be delivered from my negative thoughts and mistrust, and for God to give me his peace.”

Monday May 30
from: Chaplaincy and Care Ministry: Memorial Day (U.S.)

On this day we remember all service people who gave up their lives while serving their country. We remember lives that ended too soon. We pray too for friends and family who grieve the loss of those lives, often feeling abandoned and unknown in their grief. We continue to live in the hope that one day all wars will cease at the coming of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday May 31
from: ReFrame: Burkina Faso

Khadidjatou is a young woman from Burkina Faso’s capital city who listens to ReFrame’s radio programs. She recently connected with our staff, sharing that the programs are very helpful to her. Pray for healing for Khadidjatou as she suffers from a chronic disease and has had to drop out of school because of her health concerns.

Wednesday June 1
from: World Renew: Refugees and displaced people

We entered 2022 with 84 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, 27 million of them as refugees. As the war in Ukraine battles on, the number of displaced people has risen by 10 million since February. We have nearly 100 million neighbors in need of shelter and safety. Please join us in asking God to keep these vulnerable people safe and to provide for their needs.

Thursday June 2
from: Resonate Global Mission: Cambodia

Resonate missionaries Ly Chhay and Navy Chann Chhay give thanks for 18 new believers in the villages where they serve in Cambodia! Please pray for these new believers as they continue to grow as disciples of Christ.

Friday June 3
from: Safe Church Ministry: Policies and teams

This past month Safe Church hosted a webinar on making and revising safe church policies. In a time when we are hearing so often about sexual abuse and misconduct in the church, we are thankful for safe church teams throughout the CRCNA that continue to work toward creating spaces free of abuse. Please continue to pray for our safe church teams as they provide ongoing training and support to congregations in abuse awareness, prevention, and response.

Saturday June 4
from: ReFrame Ministries: United States

Pray for Gail, who reads ReFrame’s Today devotions and recently shared, “I have spent many years being a single mom, and I really don't have anyone to help me. I am so lonely.”

Sunday June 5
from: Resonate: Pentecost

As we celebrate Pentecost today, please pray for Resonate missionaries, church planters, campus ministers, and other ministry leaders who share the gospel in communities throughout the world. May they be in step with the Holy Spirit, and may God open doors, guide conversations, and make his love, grace, and power evident in people’s lives everywhere.

Monday June 6
from: World Renew: New U.S. building

On April 30, World Renew held a dedication ceremony for its new U.S. office located in Byron Center, Mich. In attendance were guests, family members, friends, volunteers, and supporters of World Renew. We praise God for his abundant faithfulness and provision, and we pray for his continued blessing on the partner ministries and communities we work with worldwide.

Tuesday June 7
from: ReFrame: Japan

Keiko is not able to attend church, but she listens to ReFrame's Japanese ministry programs and is thankful for the opportunity to hear God's Word each day. "Thank you very much," she writes. "I'm an elderly person, I'm physically disabled, I'm sick, and I'm taking care of my husband." Pray for Keiko and her husband as they care for one another, both spiritually and physically.

Wednesday June 8
from: Chaplaincy and Care: Workplaces

In industrial and corporate settings, our workplace chaplains serve the needs of employees who are affected by crises at home or at work and who may not have a spiritual support network to engage with. In the past year our workplace chaplains have often been called upon to care for employees experiencing grief, trauma, and crisis. Please pray for these chaplains and the people they serve.

Thursday June 9
from: Disability Concerns: Training

Planning is well under way for our next Disability Concerns online training event, scheduled for Aug. 11-12. This year our focus will be on dismantling ableism in our churches. Please pray for our ministry as we plan this event and learn from one another. May this conference lead to reduced discrimination of people with disabilities and a greater sense of belonging in our churches.

Friday June 10
from: Communications: Synod 2022

The annual decision-making assembly of the Christian Reformed Church begins in person today in Grand Rapids, Mich. Please pray for leaders and delegates as they pray, discuss, and make decisions. May God’s will be done in all things.

Saturday June 11
from: Resonate: Ukraine

Please continue to pray for everyone affected by the war in Ukraine. Pray for Resonate missionaries and ministry partners who are supporting and caring for refugees. Ask God for protection and provision, and may the peace of Christ reign.

Sunday June 12
from: Worship Ministries: Trinity Sunday

Praise be to our triune God: eternal Father, saving Christ, life-giving Spirit. We dwell in the mystery of the Trinity, acknowledging that God is far beyond anything we can understand. The Lord pursues relationship with us and calls us to dwell in unity with God and with one another. May we be one as our triune God is one.

Monday June 13
from: World Renew: Global food crisis

Russia and Ukraine are major suppliers of wheat, barley, corn, sunflower oil, and fertilizers to many of the world’s countries. The conflict in Ukraine has disrupted supplies of these resources and caused food prices to skyrocket, straining many families already struggling with food insecurity. Globally, 44 million people are facing famine. Please pray for God’s provision.

Tuesday June 14
from: Calvin Theological Seminary: Summer plans

Pray for students and graduates as they enter the summer season—seeking placements for work and internships and on summer ministry sites. Pray for God's hand in forming them through all their activities.

Wednesday June 15
from: ReFrame: Mali

Ruth recently began managing ReFrame’s partner radio station in Mali. Pray for her as she adjusts to her new role, and praise God for her willingness to air our French ministry programs, sharing the gospel in Mali.

Thursday June 16
from: Resonate: Nicaragua

Resonate missionaries Steve and Kim Holtrop in Nicaragua give thanks for eight young people who recently accepted Christ through Resonate partner IMPACT clubs. Praise God!

Friday June 17
from: World Renew: Guatemala

For several months our team in Guatemala has worked without a director as the search for a new director continues. Neighboring country teams try to assist as much as they can, but it has been difficult to operate with the position vacant. Please pray for a successful search process and that current staff may resume more manageable workloads soon.

Saturday June 18
from: Indigenous Ministry: Worship

Music is a gift from the triune Creator, and as we seek to be spaces of welcome for people from every tribe and nation, music can be powerful. As we focus on music and drumming for Indigenous Ministry Sunday tomorrow, pray that everyone will find a welcome in our churches.

Sunday June 19
from: Race Relations: Wonderful light

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Pet. 2:9). Pray with us for our ongoing work with diverse denominational leaders; pray also for newly appointed leaders in the U.S. and Canada and for wisdom in the often dysfunctional discourse of national politics.

Monday June 20
from: Resonate: Ontario

Pray for The Bridge, a Resonate church plant partner in Fergus, Ont. Ask the Holy Spirit to draw more people into this community.

Tuesday June 21
from: Edmonton Native Healing Centre: Lament and thanks

Creator, we pray for the families who have lost loved ones due to overdose, for peace in their midst as they ask many hard questions and seek answers. We give thanks for the changing seasons and the hope we receive from the earth’s bringing forth foods and medicines.

Wednesday June 22
from: Raise Up: Educational Care: Nigeria

Pray for eight Nigerian Educational Care facilitators who will lead sessions this month. Praise for their growth, skills, and leadership; pray for safe travels and the ability to keep small groups on track, that people may grow in faith and in living for Christ.

Thursday June 23
from: World Renew: Honduras

Two healthy babies have been born to World Renew Honduran staff so far this year: Emily (Jan. 5) and Olivia (Jan. 15). Praise God for the gift of new life! Our staff and partners in Honduras also ask for prayers for wisdom in designing the best projects and programs to benefit people who are the most vulnerable.

Friday June 24
from: ReFrame: India

Kumar shared with our partners in India, “Through your video programs on Facebook I get real joy and peace from the Word of God—something the world could not give me.” Praise God for this transformation for Kumar and for other young people in India.

Saturday June 25
from: Resonate: Iowa

This past academic year, Areopagus Campus Ministry, a Resonate partner at Iowa State University, hosted a Bible study for international students from several countries in Africa. The Bible study was an opportunity for students to discuss and explore faith in Christ. Pray that the seeds planted will continue to grow.

Sunday June 26
from: Candidacy Committee: Candidates

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2). Please ask the Lord to raise up many passionate, devoted leaders to serve the Christian Reformed Church. Please also ask God to lead and empower this year’s candidates for ministry as they step into the work they are called to do.

Monday June 27
from: ThereforeGo Ministries: Summer missions

The first SERVE mission trips of 2022 are happening now! Ask God to work abundantly in the lives of students, leaders, and host teams, and that transformation may take place in the communities they serve. Please also pray for our Mentoring Networks as they seek clarity and next steps in emerging adult ministry.

Tuesday June 28
from: World Renew: Afghanistan

Under Taliban rule, Afghan rights have dwindled, especially those of women and girls—much to the concern of international communities. Meanwhile, the nation is facing an enormous humanitarian crisis, with nearly 23 million people in acute food insecurity. Please pray for the well-being and safety of countless people who have been displaced by violence and insecurity, that they may find hope and strength in God’s unfailing love and faithfulness.

Wednesday June 29
from: Resonate: Ontario

This summer, several young adults are participating in the SoCo Beach Project, a Resonate partner in Ontario. SoCo is a discipleship opportunity for young adults. Pray that each of the participants will experience Christ’s love in a new way, grow as a leader, and have opportunities to develop and explore their gifts for God’s kingdom.

Thursday June 30
from: ReFrame: North America

Pray for a member of our Prayer Ministry Team as he and his wife are raising their grandson. Meanwhile, their daughter is struggling with addiction. Pray for wisdom and strength in this difficult situation.