Calling for a REFORMATION DAY OF PRAYER

April 5, 2017
Flip Buys
April 5, 2017

Dear Fellow WRF Members:

We are celebrating this year the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation which coincides with the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. 

The Reformation represented one of the most significant spiritual renaissances in the history of the Christian Church as it swept through Europe and far beyond. It had an impact on one’s understanding of the world, on private and public life styles and on culture and the arts. The Reformers reemphasized the authority and the accessibility of the Word of God to all believers, the centrality of the Gospel in theology and Church life and the urgency of spreading the Gospel and of Church planting in order to generate a significant transformation of society.

Considering that reformation is an ongoing process and is thus still relevant within the contemporary scene, the World Reformed Fellowship invites its members, individuals, organizations, churches and denominations, to set aside Sunday May 7 for intercession. As we bind together in fellowship and prayer we suggest in particular to:
  1. Thank and praise the Lord for all he has given to his Church, to society and culture through the Reformation even until today.
     
  2. Ask the Lord that he would give the Churches a sharpened vision of reformation, missions and church planting.  
     
  3. Beseech the Lord to comfort, strengthen and give peace to his Church experiencing trials, tribulations and persecution.
     
  4.  Pray the Lord that, during the anniversary celebrations, he would give his Church a renewed, vital sense of the relevance and urgency of reformation.
     
  5. Request the blessing of the Lord on the WRF Refo500 Conference in Wittenberg (October 25-30).
     
  6. Call upon the Lord to continue to send the people of his choice to attend the Conference and to bless the speakers as they prepare to minister to the participants.
     
  7. Entreat the Lord that the final aspects of the organizing of the conference go well and its complete funding be provided.
Though we live in troubled and uncertain times, let us remember Paul’s appeal to the Philippians:“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Ph 4. 6-7).
 
 With our warmest greetings in the Prince of peace as we remain united in prayer,
 
Flip Buys, International Director
Pierre Berthoud, Member of the WRF Refo500 Organizing Committee