On March 5th we celebrate World Day of Prayer. We’ve got a few inspirational films lined up for those moments when you’re not caught up in prayer or thoughts. But before we jump to the films, let’s talk about prayer for a bit.
As Christians we try to include prayer in our everyday lives. It’s not a duty, but more of an invitation from God to get closer to Him and learn about his path for us. Our prayers can be spontaneous or based on a text. It is, essentially, a relationship: we pray to God to get guidance, to digest and share experiences, to contemplate, and also to request the well-being of others, and of ourselves. We pray for so many different reasons that’s it’s impossible to mention all reasons here on our blog. Prayer may take place privately and individually, or in the presence of fellow believers.
The World Day of Prayer is all about praying together – even if we’re not physically together. It’s an international ecumenical movement that dates back to the 19th century and is led by Christian women. Today, it is being celebrated in over 170 countries around the world on the first Friday of March, when Christian women welcome us to join in prayer and action for peace and justice.
Prayer can provide a very powerful and close connection with God. He values us and our prayers are precious to Him! So let’s engage in Prayer whenever we have time. Perhaps you can try to find some time for prayer after reading this blog. He is always listening! And when you’re done, choose from one of the films below in which the act of prayer plays an important role.
This very powerful documentary profiles the life and work of American nun Mother Antonia who voluntarily chooses to live among prisoners in a notorious prison in Mexico. A life sentence, by choice, after a calling from God to serve the prisoners. Despite heavy violence and severe prison overcrowding, Mother Antonia says she will never leave her ‘sons and daughters’ in prison. A fascinating watch.
Brian Webber is a 9-year-old boy who experiences a supernatural encounter with God. This causes a lot of pushback from his atheist environment but it sure doesn’t stop him from going on an adventurous quest to find out more about what it is that Christians believe. His allies become the pastor of a local church and a wounded veteran. Brian’s unflinching faith brings about phenomena of God’s amazing power. ‘I Believe’ is a wonderful film about using childlike faith which can result in miracles.
Letters to God
We just can’t stop recommending this one. ‘Letters to God’ is a strong, heartfelt story of hope and redemption. When 9-year-old Tyler learns he has a brain tumor he starts writing letters to God. A new postman becomes intrigued with Tyler’s letters while he is struggling with alcoholism. The two become friends and the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them. ‘Letters to God’ is a story based on true facts about the inspiring effect a child’s faith, prayers and hopes can have on his family, friends and environment.
We hope you enjoy our recommendations!