COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Thousands of Christian educators around the world will join in celebrating the fifth annual ACSI Day of Prayer Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.
The ACSI Day of Prayer is one of the Association's most popular events, focusing on advancing Christ-centered education through prayer. ACSI President Dr. Larry Taylor looks forward to the unification of schools around the world through prayer.
"There's no doubt that the past few school years have been unique and challenging, but God desires for His people to flourish in spite of the surrounding circumstances," he said.
The theme for this year's Day of Prayer is "Shalom," emphasizing the importance of finding contentment in Jesus no matter the cultural tides. According to the website, the theme also reminds individuals that all have a part to play in God's larger story.
Mike Epp, ACSI Senior Vice President of Global, believes this event marks a beautiful, renewed commitment to worshipping God and seeking Him wholeheartedly.
"It has been remarkable to see the international connections taking place on this special day of prayer," he said. "It reminds us of God's global work of redemption and how His message transcends all cultures, unifying us as brothers and sisters in Christ."
Schools can participate by submitting their prayer requests through the electronic form, which allows requests to be visible publicly on the ACSI website. They can also host an in-house Day of Prayer with their school communities.
In 2021, Christian educators from more than 50 countries participated in the Day of Prayer. This year, schools from 45 countries have submitted prayer requests thus far, including Cambodia, Nepal, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Austria, Russia and the U.S.
As stated on the Day of Prayer website, the foundational verses for this year's initiative are Philippians 4:6-7, a passage of Scripture that reiterates the importance of surrendering anxieties through prayer and supplication.
Taylor said the theme Shalom has perhaps never been more relevant.
"At ACSI, we have been praying for our schools continually—especially during the pandemic—for our educators to have the endurance they need to run the race before them," he shared. "This Day of Prayer will be a powerful way to bring all of our Christian educators across the globe together, joining on our knees in prayer."
ACSI is providing Day of Prayer resources for school use, including a prayer guide packed with creative ideas on how to make the day special.
ACSI member school Christian Academy in Indiana, a participant in last year's event, shared this memorable Tweet from Day of Prayer 2021: "What a blessing to join others around the world in prayer to our Savior! Join us in praying for our schools, community, country and world!"