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).
Monday August 1
from: World Renew: Climate Witness Project
We recently received funding from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy for a pilot project that will enable low-income congregations in Michigan to achieve energy efficiency and potentially be equipped for solar energy. We praise God for this opportunity for houses of worship in low-income areas!
Tuesday August 2
from: Safe Church Ministry: Training
Last month eight leaders from across North America became trainers in restorative practices through FaithCARE (Shalem Mental Health Network). The goal for this group is to help equip others to embody restoration as Christ’s church. Pray that we may continue to move forward in a restorative posture as a denomination.
Wednesday August 3
from: Cadets: New season
The theme of our upcoming Cadet season, based on Joshua 3:5, is "Amazing!" We pray that this theme will remind cadets and counselors that God has done, is doing, and will do amazing things among us. May this reassurance uplift and encourage boys and men as they live for Jesus.
Thursday August 4
from: CRC Communications: Inspire 2022
Today people will gather in Chicago from across North America and beyond to worship together, learn from speakers and workshop leaders, and find fellowship together at Inspire 2022. Pray that this three-day conference will bless all involved and that hearts will be refreshed for service and ministry.
Friday August 5
from: ReFrame Ministries: Russian ministry
Lika, one of our Russian ministry partners, recently returned to her home country of Ukraine, where she is ministering to internally displaced Ukrainians and reaching out through media to others throughout the country. Pray for her safety and mental health as she proclaims the hope of the gospel in the midst of a war.
Saturday August 6
from: Resonate Global Mission: Montreal
Pray for leaders who are part of the Urban Lab at Mission Montreal, a Resonate partner in Québec, as they study the Bible and discover how to join God on mission in their city. Ask the Holy Spirit to work in and through them.
Sunday August 7
from: Worship Ministries: Renewal
Pray for worship leaders and pastors to enjoy a time of rest before the busyness of fall programming begins. We ask for renewal and for creative direction from the Holy Spirit. Please pray also for Worship Ministries as we seek to offer resources, connections, and support for all who plan worship.
Monday August 8
from: World Renew: West Africa Ministry Team
Pray for our ongoing programs and for discernment and wisdom as we plan and implement activities. Praise God for our supporters, and ask for God’s blessings on our partners and beneficiaries. Pray for success in hiring local staff to strengthen our country teams.
Tuesday August 9
from: Race Relations: Comfort for God's people
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isa. 41:10). Please pray for Race Relations in planning a new season of ministry. Pray also for our scholarship recipients and that youth in our society may find God-centered direction and guidance.
Wednesday August 10
from: ReFrame: Japan
Two people recently shared how they are using devotions from our partners in Japan to share the good news with fellow nursing-home residents. Praise God for this willingness to share his love with others as they enter a new stage of life.
Thursday August 11
from: Disability Concerns: Training
Disability Concerns is hosting an online training on ableism Aug. 11-12. As people gather for important conversations on ableism and how we can work within our churches to overcome it, please pray for the speakers and all participants, that they will be encouraged to work within their communities toward positive change.
Friday August 12
from: Resonate: Japan
“Pray for God’s wisdom and courage for Christians to share the gospel with their family and friends,” ask Ken and Jeannie Lee, Resonate missionaries serving in Japan.
Saturday August 13
from: World Renew: East Africa Ministry Team
Pray that our grant proposals for assistance will be well-received. Pray for security in regions of Uganda and Kenya where tensions are high, particularly with elections coming up. Pray also for safe passage for our staff and partners as they travel to communities where World Renew is at work.
Sunday August 14
from: Diversity: Leadership
Pray for young urban leaders training toward ministry possibilities through their work with Urban Mission Design, for Latino and Zuni leaders in seminary training, for Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander leaders at an upcoming retreat, and for Chinese leaders discerning church-planting opportunities in North America. Pray also for new Korean leadership in Resonate Global Mission and for the work of African American leaders in Christian Reformed churches.
Monday August 15
from: ReFrame: India
Brijesh, a recent college graduate, says that the ReFrame messages he listens to touch his heart, reminding him to slow down and seek God each day. Pray that Brijesh and other Christians in India will continue to connect with God in their lives.
Tuesday August 16
from: Resonate: Ukraine
Please continue to pray for Resonate missionaries who are ministering with many people displaced from their homes in Ukraine. Ask for God’s comfort and encouragement for those who are grieving, and for God’s peace and protection where there is fighting.
Wednesday August 17
from: Raise Up: TLT: Worldwide
Pray for shared vision, open doors, removal of obstacles, and clear conversations so that strategic partnerships with Timothy Leadership Training (TLT) may help to equip international church leaders. May church leaders who do not have access to formal training be edified, equipped, and affirmed in their calling to serve Jesus and the church.
Thursday August 18
from: ReFrame: North America
Pray for Lona, a Prayer Team member, who writes, “The past two years have been extremely difficult; I lost my full-time job during the pandemic in 2020. . . . But a few weeks ago I was offered a full-time temporary job with full benefits, working close to home. Praise God! Pray that this temporary job will turn into a permanent one.”
Friday August 19
from: World Renew: World Humanitarian Day
Today is World Humanitarian Day, when partners across the humanitarian spectrum advocate for the survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises. This year’s focus is on climate emergency. May our world’s leaders act to reverse the effects of climate change affecting the world’s most vulnerable people.
Saturday August 20
from: Resonate: West Africa
A Resonate missionary in West Africa asks for prayer for a local Christian school, in which most of the students come from families that practice Islam: “Pray for wisdom in how to share Christ with our students and their families.”
Sunday August 21
from: Justice ministries: Day of Justice
On this annual Day of Justice in the CRC, pray that the church will answer the call of Isaiah 1:17 to do justice. May the church learn to do what’s right, defend the marginalized, care and serve in the local community, and work for just systems. Lament the injustices you see, and ask God to show the church his path forward.
Monday August 22
from: Chaplaincy and Care: Veterans
Chaplains who serve in veterans hospitals meet large numbers of men and women returning from recent war fronts with physical injuries or less obvious cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and moral injuries. Pray for our chaplains as they provide pastoral care for many who can feel alone and misunderstood. May our local churches also find ways to enfold veterans into their own communities.
Tuesday August 23
from: World Renew: Global food crisis
Globally, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, food is about 20 percent more expensive than it was a year ago. As rising prices of staple foods continue to take a toll on the world’s most vulnerable people, we pray that, by God’s grace and the generosity of our supporters, we can continue to help families solve food security challenges in the communities where we work.
Wednesday August 24
from: Resonate: Campus ministry
Many university students are heading back to campus this month! Pray for Resonate partner campus ministries throughout North America as they welcome students back for a new academic year. Pray that campus ministries will provide faith communities in which students are supported, valued, and heard.
Thursday August 25
from: ReFrame: Chinese ministry
Pray for wisdom and creativity for our Chinese ministry team as they develop a new smartphone app. The project is bigger than originally planned, so please pray also that it will be completed on time and help to reach more Chinese speakers with God’s Word.
Friday August 26
from: Indigenous Family Centre: Staff and community
Please pray for our staff, long term and new, as summer is a busy time with children’s programs and other activities. Pray for safety, joy, and new experiences for staff and children. May the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental needs of our community be met and healed.
Saturday August 27
from: Calvin Theological Seminary: New academic year
Pray for God’s strength and guidance as staff and students begin the new school year together—from traveling and moving in to orientation to ongoing classes, both residential and online.
Sunday August 28
from: Resonate: Nicaragua
Tesoros de Dios, a Resonate partner in Nicaragua, serves children with disabilities and their families. Ministry leaders ask for prayer for these families. Many face difficult financial circumstances. Ask God for provision through better opportunities, community support, and other means.
Monday August 29
from: World Renew: Southern Africa Ministry Team
With COVID restrictions lifted in Malawi, travel is really picking up. Pray for the safety of team members who are often on the road; pray that current food distributions in southern Malawi may go smoothly; ask God to provide for our ongoing recruitment for team positions; pray that we may work effectively with partners and communities across the region.
Tuesday August 30
from: ReFrame: Burkina Faso
Pray for Amandine, a 28-year-old listener who called to learn more after hearing one of our French radio programs. Soon after she called, both she and her sister visited ReFrame’s partners in Burkina Faso and received Christ. Praise God!
Wednesday August 31
from: Resonate: Worldwide
Give thanks with us for several new missionaries and their families who have committed to serving with Resonate in countries throughout the world! Please pray for these individuals and families as they prepare to work in various fields.
Friday July 1
from: Communications: Canada Day
As Canada marks another year as a nation, pray for CRC congregations and leaders in Canada. Ask God to continue to bless and guide his people as we seek to grow and live in right relationship with God and with our neighbours.
Saturday July 2
from: World Renew: Laos
Because of COVID restrictions in Laos, World Renew was limited to sending seeds to 32 families in 10 villages. When staff were able to return to the field, however, they found many more kitchen gardens than expected. As participant families grew seedlings, they shared some with other families, enabling them to grow gardens as well. Praise God for community leaders who are spreading change in their villages, one seed at a time!
Sunday July 3
from: Resonate Global Mission: New Jersey
King’s Covenant Church is a Resonate partner church plant in New Jersey. Church planter Timothy Joo gives thanks for the young adults and young families who have joined the congregation! Please pray for this community as they begin to reach college students.
Monday July 4
from: Communications: Independence Day (U.S.)
The United States marks another year in its history today. Pray for CRC churches across the country, for their pastors and members, and for God’s continuing guidance as we strive to be his witnesses to the world.
Tuesday July 5
from: Calvin Theological Seminary: Summer plans
Over 40 percent of our students are international students. Pray for plans for travel, for border crossings, and for transitions, especially for new students. Pray for plans being made this summer to welcome returning students in the fall season.
Wednesday July 6
from: ReFrame Ministries: Burkina Faso
On Pentecost Sunday (June 5), 18 of ReFrame’s French ministry listeners were baptized at a new church plant for refugees in northern Burkina Faso. Pray for these new believers, including some who are now facing opposition from family members.
Thursday July 7
from: Resonate: Ontario
Resonate missionaries Gary and Galya Timmerman ask for prayers for their ministry reaching Russian diaspora people in the greater Toronto area. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in this work. Ask God for open doors to build connections for sharing the gospel.
Friday July 8
from: World Renew: Disaster Response Services (DRS)
In July 2020, Hurricane Hanna landed in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, causing destruction and uprooting a community in the midst of a pandemic. DRS is responding to the community’s long-term needs, rebuilding homes and restoring hope for people affected by the storm. Pray for strength, resilience, and healing for local families and for the DRS volunteers making this work possible.
Saturday July 9
from: Pastor Church Resources: Faithfulness
At Synod 2022, significant conversations took place with congregations, pastors, and congregants, all of whom are now sorting through synod’s decisions. Ask the Spirit to work in all our hearts as we carry on the important work God has given us in the Great Commission.
Sunday July 10
from: Raise Up: Global Coffee Break: Resources
Pray for God’s solution and wisdom as we seek to provide Bible studies to Global Coffee Break partners across the globe. We want to help provide the best means of study for outreach and transformation through God’s Word. Pray that more people may be equipped to study God’s Word worldwide.
Monday July 11
from: Resonate: Cambodia
Resonate missionaries Ly Chhay and Navy Chann Chhay in Cambodia ask you to pray for more healthy and strong churches to be planted.
Tuesday July 12
from: ReFrame: Japan
Please continue to keep Japanese believers such as "Mr. K." in your prayers. "We would like to express our sincere gratitude to those who have never met us but are praying for us," he shared. "There are times when life is really sad. I was just crying, but when God was at the center, I suddenly gained strength and it became easier."
Wednesday July 13
from: World Renew: Bangladesh
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has disrupted global food distribution, causing prices to skyrocket, and putting severe strain on families already struggling with food insecurity. In Bangladesh, field staff report that food prices have spiked because key food exports from India have stopped. Pray for the many families struggling with the high cost of essential foods.
Thursday July 14
from: Diaconal Ministries Canada: Equipping deacons
These past two years have been difficult on congregations and their leaders. Please pray for your deacons as they lead and equip your church to reach out with God’s love in your community. May God grant them wisdom and insight as they plan for ministry in these challenging times.
Friday July 15
from: Resonate: Japan
“Despite COVID-19, or maybe because of it, we are enjoying several baptisms, professions of faith, and new transfers of membership. . . . There are new people at church almost every week! The Lord is at work! More of this, please!” said Resonate missionaries Larry and Ruth Spalink, who serve in Japan.
Saturday July 16
from: The King's University: Guidance
The King’s University has sent out over 400 graduates in the past three years. All have navigated a COVID-impacted education and now must discern how to find work in a post-pandemic world. Please pray for perseverance, joy, and creativity as they continue to bring hope into an ever-changing world.
Sunday July 17
from: World Renew: Clean water
According to the United Nations, one-third of the world’s people (2.3 billion) lack a handwashing facility with water and soap at home—and the consequences can be life threatening, particularly for children. At World Renew, we seek to establish community handwashing solutions in the communities we work in. Please pray for good health and the availability of clean water for all families across the globe.
Monday July 18
from: ReFrame: Brazil
A woman named Solyana watches ReFrame’s video programs to help her learn new ways to share the gospel with Portuguese speakers in Brazil, and she recently decided to attend seminary. Pray for her, asking that this next step will lead to more opportunities to share her faith and testimony.
Tuesday July 19
from: Resonate: Nigeria
Sarah Aderemi, a Resonate missionary who serves with the Association of Christian Schools International in Nigeria, gives thanks for 24 educators who have been credentialed in early childhood education. Please pray for these teachers as they share the love of Christ with students and their families.
Wednesday July 20
from: Safe Church Ministry: Training
Today at 12:00 noon (EDT) we are offering our third webinar on Safe Church basics to provide resources and ideas for training leaders and volunteers in abuse prevention. Please pray that this event provides support and guidance to further the work of abuse prevention in all our churches.
Thursday July 21
from: GEMS Girls' Clubs: Gathering
Please pray for the women who will gather in person and virtually July 21-23 at the GEMS Sisterhood Summit in Holland, Mich., to learn more about the challenges of girls today and how to act, love, and walk with God (Mic. 6:8) as they grow with other like-minded women. May they be strengthened and equipped to mentor girls well.
Friday July 22
from: Disability Concerns: Training and planning
Our annual training event, planned for Aug. 11-12, will unpack ableism and consider ways we can help reduce the impact of ableism in our churches. Please pray that this event will encourage and educate our community as we work toward ending ableism in the church.
Saturday July 23
from: Resonate: Campus ministries
Pray for Resonate partner campus ministries throughout Canada and the United States as they connect with students over the summer and plan for fall ministry.
Sunday July 24
from: ReFrame: India
Meghmala recently joined a writer’s workshop with ReFrame’s partners in India, saying, “I will use my new skills to give energy to my church, to fulfill the Great Commission, and to bring people to Jesus.” Praise God for Meghmala’s writing gifts and for her willingness to use them in his kingdom.
Monday July 25
from: Climate Witness Project: Stewardship
Forest fires and heat waves are damaging food production and livelihoods, particularly at this time of year. Pray that policies may be put into place to protect the most vulnerable people and communities from climate change. May churches hear the biblical call to stewardship and seek creative solutions.
Tuesday July 26
from: Chaplaincy and Care Ministry: Seafarer chaplains
Our seafarer chaplains minister in coastal areas to the crews of merchant ships and cruise vessels. Often these crew members are from distressed areas of the world, live in cramped quarters, and work long hours. A kind word, listening ear, and tips for finding medical care can lead to sharing about God’s love and grace. Pray that these chaplains may be able to make life-changing connections each day.
Wednesday July 27
from: Resonate: Cohorts
Give thanks for Resonate’s cohorts in Central America, Detroit, and the Middle East! Please pray that these groups of young adults may continue to build relationships and serve in local ministries. Ask the Holy Spirit to work in and through them for the transformation of communities.
Thursday July 28
from: World Renew: Ukraine
We praise God for tremendous support for our work in Ukraine, supplying more than twice our original goal for funding! As we work with partners on the ground to meet immediate needs, many other needs there and in surrounding countries are cropping up in the areas of food provision, medical care, shelter, and more. Please pray for ongoing safety and provision for all who are affected by the war in Ukraine.
Friday July 29
from: Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee: Church relations
Synod 2022 welcomed several ecumenical guests, and more ecumenical guests will be present at Inspire 2022 in August. Please pray for continuing good relations between the CRCNA and other denominations in God’s worldwide church.
Saturday July 30
from: ReFrame: English ministry
Ann, a member of our prayer ministry team, asks for prayer for her family: “My daughter is being horribly bullied. God, please soften these other girls’ hearts so that they will just leave my child alone. . . . This has taken a toll on our whole family.”
Sunday July 31
from: Resonate: Nicaragua
Resonate missionaries Alicia and Maynor Navarrete give thanks for a new program at the Nehemiah Center, a Resonate partner in Nicaragua. This program, called Churches and Families, is working with eight vulnerable families. “Through this pilot project, marriages have been reconciled and spouses are returning to church with their families,” said the Navarretes. Praise God!