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On March 25, 2020, the Olympic Torch Relay finally began its long journey through all 47 prefectures of Japan and the 23 wards of Tokyo. It will pass within an hour of over 98% of the population of Japan, held aloft by some 10,000 people creating a human chain across the entire nation. The torch symbolically unites people from across Japan and around the world with the motto “Hope Lights Our Way,” expressing the universal longing for hope and light.

As the Olympic torch passes through every region of Japan, we will be praying and asking the Spirit of God to move throughout every part of this great nation. As the Olympic torch (“Holy Flame” in Japanese) is carried by thousands, we can pray for thousands to carry the fire of the Holy Spirit through every region of Japan.

Please join us in praying for Japan through the GRACE2020 prayer app and website. Please pray for God to work through the energy and excitement of the Olympics to spread the light of the gospel for the sake of his glory. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to powerfully sweep across Japan. Please pray for Christ to reveal himself to more and more people, that they would know him as the light that gives true hope and life to the world.


  • Content of GRACE2020 is available in English and Japanese. On the website, you can toggle between the two languages, but in order to see the Japanese on your phone or ipad you need to change your language preferences.
  • The color of the app is “Japan blue,” a deep blue that comes from the Japanese indigo plant. During the Edo period, it was the predominant dye color for fabrics. Today, it can even be found on the Tokyo Skytree.
  • The GRACE2020 app and website is the first comprehensive way to pray through every region of Japan and Tokyo online. We sometimes take people on prayer walks around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, where there are plaques representing each of the 47 prefectures in Japan. Now we’ll be able to use the app on these walks!
  • App was inspired as a way to invite prayer for Japan during the Olympics but we plan to use it for many years to come!