BURNHAM - The Rev. Bill Muldoon believes prayer has the power to change the world.
"All of our revivals have started out with prayer all churches, always birthed in prayer," he said. "...If we pray, God's gonna move."
Muldoon, in cooperation with church leaders throughout Mifflin and Juniata counties, is set to host The Global Day of Prayer service from 7-9 p.m. May 16 at the Juniata Valley YMCA in Burnham. He said the event is an opportunity for people to come together and pray for the well-being of local, state, national and international communities.
According to a brief history on the event's website, The Global Day of Prayer was born in July 2000 in South Africa. Christian businessman Graham Power had a vision based on 2 Chronicles 7:14, which states, "If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
The vision had clear instructions to call Christians from all denominations together for a day of repentance and prayer, the website states.
In March 2001, 45,000 Christians united for worship, the website states. The value of the gathering was reflected in a changing city, and the movement eventually spread all over the African continent and the world. Muldoon said it picked up in Belleville years ago and has grown to include a number of area churches.
"It's kind of powerful to think you're praying among people all over the world," he said.
The local service will be a combination of music and prayer, he said. A prayer guide for the event includes five areas of worship: repentance; global world hotspots; family, marriage, fathers; global, national, state and local leaders; and schools and youth. River Church Band is set to provide music, and the evening will end with a closing world prayer, he said.
Muldoon explained that attending the night of worship allows Christians to walk in love with fellow believers.
"Prayer is really important, and our culture seems to be going away from Christianity," he said, adding that many areas seem to have lost their faith in God.
The Global Day of Prayer service is one way to bring individuals and churches back together in their faith, he said.