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The UBS Day of Prayer – a significant celebration in the life of our global Fellowship – has been held annually on May 9, coinciding with the anniversary of the founding of the United Bible Societies on 9 May, 1946.

Every year, since 1983, we have gathered together to give thanks for all that God has achieved through this global Fellowship, to pray for our shared mission today and into the future, and to seek his guidance on ongoing efforts to make the Bible accessible to everyone.

Join with us as we thank God for the Bible work that has changed people’s lives over the past year, and for God’s continued faithfulness and favour throughout the Fellowship’s history.

How to Get Involved

DURING YOUR Personal Prayer Time

Simply include the official prayer for 2023 and the accompanying prayer points during your personal prayer time by accessing them below.  

CREATE your Own Prayer Group

After downloading the resources we have provided for you below, gather your own prayer team and lift your voices in prayer to our loving and merciful Creator. 

JOIN our Online Prayer Group

Join the Bible Society New Zealand Prayer meeting on 9 May @ 7.30 pm. Simply email Sonia for the zoom invitation link at

OFFICIAL Prayer for 2023

This year’s official prayer was written by Rev. Dirk Gevers, Secretary General of United Bible Societies

UBS Day of Prayer 2023


If you are planning to celebrate the United Bible Societies’ Day of Prayer on 9 May by gathering together your own prayer group, then simply download the resources below to help unify your community in lifting your voices in prayer to our loving and merciful Creator. 

This document includes the official prayer, together with additional prayer points and information on the background of both UBS and Day of Prayer.

This presentation includes the official prayer and uses photos of Bible Society work from around the world for you to use at your Day of Prayer gathering.

United Bible Societies is a Fellowship of Bible Societies working in more than 240 countries and territories to make the Bible available to everyone. Bible Societies serve churches of all confessions and denominations and are actively involved in Bible translation, publishing, distribution, engagement, advocacy and ministry.