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ALPHARETTA, Ga. –
In January 2012 Southern
Baptists are once again being called to a time of prayer and spiritual
awakening. The Southern Baptist Convention Call to Prayer is an opportunity to
focus on praying missionally.
“I can’t think
of a better way for our churches to start the New Year than to be in prayer for
our families, our churches, our new church plants and our efforts to reach the
un-reached people groups of the world,” said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. “NAMB
is pleased to have the privilege to coordinate this effort this year. We want
to make it easy for every Southern Baptist pastor to lead his congregation in
focused prayer. I can’t think of anything more essential in our efforts to reach
North America and the world.”
NAMB will provide resources to assist churches in participating
in the prayer emphasis.
“We are encouraging Southern Baptists to begin the New
Year praying for spiritual awakening that will penetrate lostness,” said Al
Gilbert, executive director of NAMB’s Love Loud ministry. “Continuing in the
spirit of what happened at the SBC in Phoenix, NAMB and the IMB are working
together to provide specific ways for people to pray for our communities, our
nation and our world.
“We are providing tools for pastors to use anytime in
January. These tools will assist church leaders in calling their people to
prayer,” said Gilbert.
State convention prayer leaders will help assist churches
in their states implement Call to Prayer strategies. Roger Byrd with the
California Southern Baptist Convention is one of those prayer advocates.
“Our desire is to see our people, our churches praying
for God’s movement among us,” said Byrd. “The most important thing as an
outcome from the SBC Call to Prayer is that our churches will pray together in
unity of spirit. We desire people to pray that God’s Holy Spirit will be
working among us, that God’s Spirit would be raising upon us, leading us to
reach our communities for Christ.”
Suggestions for the Call to Prayer include five areas of
Byrd, along with most SBC prayer leaders, is a member of
PrayerLink, the SBC fellowship of prayer advocates. The group’s members include
representatives from all SBC entities, each SBC state convention and
association, the Canadian National Baptist Convention and other prayer
ministries. Claude King is LifeWay’s PrayerLink representative.
“Throughout North America, leaders, denominations and
ministries are calling for days and seasons of prayer and fasting for nearly
every conceivable prayer target,” said King, a LifeWay discipleship specialist. “We probably have more people
praying than ever in history, and our culture seems to be growing darker and
more ungodly than ever.
“As we seek to mobilize people to pray to penetrate the
lostness in our families, with friends, in cities, our nation and the world,
let’s keep in mind the wonderful promise from James 5:16 that the intense
prayers of righteous people are powerful and effective,” said King. “Let’s help
each other prepare ourselves to be right with God and one another so when we
pray we pray with penetrating power.”
To plan your church’s Call to Prayer, visit http://www.namb.net/sbccalltoprayer.
Conway is a writer for the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 11/18/2011 10:10:50 AM
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