EDITOR’S NOTE: Baptist Press is carrying Call to Prayer articles during the year encouraging Southern Baptists to pray in specific areas and for specific needs in petitioning the Father for spiritual awakening.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) — I am convinced that our greatest need in America is another Great Awakening. By His grace, I pray that our Sovereign Lord will bestow such mercy upon His people and our nation that we would experience the next Great Awakening.
No great movement of God ever occurs that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.
This is why I feel compelled to ask you to Join the Movement by praying daily with me and inviting your friends and church to Join the Movement to pray along with us.
This prayer movement must be extraordinary for these four important things:
1. Great Awakening in America
A Great Awakening is a season in time when unprecedented numbers of people come to Christ in a region or all over the country. It has been more than 100 years since the last great move of God in our land. We need another Great Awakening. We must pray for it daily.
While this world is experiencing multiple crises and our own nation has a few of its own, our greatest crisis is spiritual. Each born-again, evangelical believer should be praying daily for our nation to experience a spiritual awakening. Join the Movement by praying for this, beginning today.
Personally, we each need to experience a spiritual revival. We need the mighty manifested presence of God in our lives. And the church needs to experience a spiritual revival. I spoke to this in my first press conference as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. We need the mighty manifested presence of God and His glory all over the church. When we are experiencing these moments with God, by His Sovereign grace, we pray our Lord gives our nation a Great Awakening.
2. Reach the world for Christ
Daily, we need to appeal to God to give us the resources, the people and the strategy to reach the world for Christ. This is why we need a Great Awakening in America: As Great Commission Christians and as a denomination that believes this is our last hope for this world, we need to pray daily for the world to be reached for Christ.
Each of us must find our part in reaching the world for Christ. Yes, if God wakes up America with a spiritual awakening, we will be much more prepared and ready to do all we can to reach the world for Christ. Join the Movement to pray with us daily to see the world reached for Christ. All of this begins with reaching our own town, community, village or city for Christ. Therefore, we will pray for the next Great Awakening in America and for us to reach the world for Christ, but also for …
3. The call to Columbus, June 16-17, 2015
From my opening press conference as president, I began to issue the call to each pastor, church leader and layperson to join us in Columbus, Ohio, for our next Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, June 16-17, 2015. I appealed for the same through my first blog as president. We must begin to pray for our gathering now.
I recently visited Columbus. I was highly impressed and blessed by the city and convention arrangements; however, I was more encouraged and blessed by a luncheon with approximately 180 pastors and leaders. God is doing some major things in Columbus and after observing this for one day, NOW I KNOW why God has us in Columbus in June 2015. It is HIS place for the Southern Baptist family to meet.
Don’t miss praying daily for our annual meeting and surely don’t miss what God will do among us. Can you imagine what God may do when thousands of Southern Baptists pray daily for months in advance for the next Great Awakening, to reach the world for Christ, and our gathering in Columbus?
Get ready. Do not miss it. Join us there and even if you will not be able to attend, Join The Movement of extraordinary prayer.
4. President of the SBC, Ronnie Floyd
Humbly, I request that you pray for me daily. I have never felt more in need of prayer in my life than today. The burden upon me is heavy and the task is overwhelming. But hope is rising in me, especially when I know that people are praying for me daily.
I am doing things I have never done before and am being asked about things that are beyond me. I am also speaking more than ever and conducting interviews frequently. This is why I need you to pray for me daily.
Additionally, please ask your church to pray for me. I need God’s wisdom, understanding and power.
The four items of prayer are clear. Sign up to Join the Movement and stay informed with weekly emails.
— Sign up personally at Join the Movement.
— Invite friends to sign up using these social media buttons at the bottom of this webpage.
— Ask members of your church to Join the Movement.
Please sign up now! Together, we can pray in this extraordinary manner. May our Lord open the heavens! “If only You would tear the heavens open and come down….” (Isaiah 64:1).
Yours for the Great Commission, Ronnie W. Floyd
Ronnie Floyd is pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, with campuses in Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville. He is on the Web at www.sbc.net/President’s Page and at ronnniefloyd.com/blog and is author of “Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission” (2011) and “The Power of Prayer and Fasting” (2010).