Archive for May, 2014
Everything in American life today points to our greatest need: the next great spiritual awakening in America. I believe there is a growing desperation rising up within the people of God and a continual expectation that God is going to do something great in our generation. I believe it is time.
It is time to cry out to God
I have now been part of leading prayer gatherings with over 1,500 pastors. In three of those four gatherings, my friend, Bill Elliff, talked about the importance of crying out to God. He uses an illustration that has captivated me each time he has used it. Let me tell it in my own words.
Imagine that you are called upon to pray for your daughter. As you pray, you would pray as any parent would, for all of God’s blessings to be upon her life. While passionate, the urgency is non-existent. Let’s suppose time passes and this same daughter is captured by a terrorist and no one knows where she is located. Your mind goes in one thousand directions at ninety miles an hour with all of the things that she could be going through. Now, when you pray for your daughter, how would you pray?
Without question, you would cry out to God with great passion and urgency! You would call out to Him in your complete brokenness and need. As your heart would be breaking, you would call upon Him with all you are to come and spare your daughter.
What does all this mean? This is the real condition of our lives, our families, our churches, and our nation. We are under the influence of a mighty terrorist named Satan, who has lied to and deceived us. It appears he is in charge.
Now in urgent desperation, we must cry out to God for our own spiritual lives! We must cry out to God for our own families! We must cry out to God for our churches! We must cry out to God for America!
There is no great movement of God that ever occurs that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people. Pastors and Christian leaders, it is time to cry out to God in brokenness and desperation. As urgency increases, we must believe with all we are, that the only answer for our nation is spiritual awakening.
It is time to unite together
While many who read this may not be Southern Baptists, I want to speak for a moment specifically to my brothers and sisters who are Southern Baptists. It is time for us to unite together for the purpose of crying out to God in extraordinary prayer for the next great spiritual awakening in our land. We cannot expect God to move in our midst if we operate in a culture where we are more carnal and splintered, than spiritual and unified. God blesses the unity of His people and the unity of His church! No one believed that more than Jesus Himself.
We must come together for the sake of our future. We must come together for the sake of America. We must come together for the sake of reaching all the nations. For this sacred effort, all of our selfishness, carnality, and personal preferences must die. It is time to unify in order to pray for the next Great Awakening.
It is time to accelerate the completion of the Great Commission
I am convinced it is time to come together in agreement, to pray in an extraordinary way, for revival personally, revival in the church, and spiritual awakening in our nation; so that the Great Commission will become escalated to its rightful priority and accelerated to its completion in our generation. Revival is the manifested presence of God. If experienced personally, God shows up in your life powerfully. If experienced in the church, a fresh, mighty power of God’s presence comes upon the church. A spiritual awakening occurs when a region becomes God-conscious, resulting in great numbers of people coming to Christ.
If and when these things occur, and I am believing God for them to, we will see the Great Commission become our ultimate priority, and there will be a commitment to accelerate it to its completion in our generation. We will abandon ourselves completely for the purpose of seeing the gospel presented to every person in the world and to see disciples made in all the nations.
Yes, in our lives and our churches, and even within our Southern Baptist Convention, we need to see the Great Commission accelerated to its completion. Let’s come together in Jesus’ name, pray extraordinarily, and act upon the Word of God today. It is time for the next Great Awakening!
Yours for the Great Commission,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Summer is coming and I want to share from my heart how thankful I am for our Cross Church family. Because of your support through prayer, volunteering, and financially, we are able to make available many opportunities to further the Gospel during the summer.
We will soon have 18 summer interns on our campuses. This always excites me to see these young people serving in our different ministries, excited about sharing the gospel and training for their futures. They always breathe fresh life into our ministries during the summer months. In the next couple of weeks, we will introduce these interns and share more about them. I encourage you to get to know them and invite them to your home or take them out for a meal.
Our summer camps are about to begin! Please make it a priority in your family planning to have your students and children attend one of our summer camps. This is such an important time for them to grow and deepen their personal relationship with Christ. You can also help students who are not able to afford to attend camp by giving a partial or full camp scholarship to our Summer of Hope program of giving.
June 8-11 – Camp Dallas for our Middle School students
June 22-27 – Beach Camp for our High School students
July 20-23 – Kidz Camp for our 2nd thru 5th graders
Cross Church Circle
I cannot tell you how thankful I am for each of the 3,200 people who join me in our Cross Church Circle. You can join our Circle of Prayer at anytime. A prayer guide is emailed to you each month with specific issues I am asking you to pray over regarding our church. Go here and join us now!
As our summer season begins, I pray you will join us at your campus of choice each Sunday you are in town. We will be sharing God’s Word each week and joining in exciting worship. Bring your family or friends who might be visiting from out of town. Make it a family priority. Remember, you can activate Recurring Giving or give online from wherever you are to our Summer of Hope program of giving. We need your continued commitment over this 15- week period from Memorial Day to Labor Day as we support the many ministries of Cross Church.
Yours for the Great Commission,
Ronnie W. Floyd