Archive for May, 2017
On this episode of Life and Leadership Today, Ronnie talks with three major leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention. These men serve the over 51,000 churches and church-type missions of the Southern Baptist Convention in different capacities, and have tremendous leadership insight. We discuss the upcoming SBC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, whether denominations are relevant in today’s world, and the future of leadership as it relates to pastors, missionaries, and spiritual leaders. Join us today as we talk with Dr. Steve Gaines, Senior Pastor of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, and President of the Southern Baptist Convention; Dr. Frank Page, a former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, who now serves as the President and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee; and Dr. Barry McCarty, Professor of Preaching and Rhetoric at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and Chief Parliamentarian of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting.
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4. Miraculously and sovereignly, in 1952, by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, the National Day of Prayer began. Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, this national call to pray for America takes place on the first Thursday of each May.
The National Day of Prayer mobilizes unified, public prayer for America. Praying for our nation needs to to become a major movement in our nation daily. United with others, we stand together publicly to pray for our nation.
It is incumbent on each of us who have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ the Lord, to lead the way personally and cooperatively. Therefore, please consider these actions.
Pray Personally for America on the National Day of Prayer
The Scriptures call upon us to pray for our nation and the leaders in our nation. Wherever you are located geographically, you can pray personally. We do not need to be spiritually asleep on this day, but alive and actively calling out to the Father for our nation.
You can also determine specific ways to pray for our nation. There are endless ways to pray for America, so ask the Spirit to reveal to you personally how you should pray. Also consider praying for America in these ways:
- Confess and repent of the sins of America
- Unity in America
- President Donald Trump
- Vice-President Mike Pence
- Protection and provision for the families of President Trump and Vice-President Pence
- Cabinet of the President
- Congressional members
- Military personnel
- Law enforcement and all first responders
- Churches and their pastors
- Schools and their leaders
- Spiritual revival in the Church
- Spiritual awakening in America
- Acceleration and completion of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ
These are just suggestions. You can create your own list of ways to pray for America.
Participate Cooperatively in the National Day of Prayer
Praying together in a unified and public way for America is very important to build up your own faith, but it is also important to do so as a testimony before others. Therefore, participate cooperatively this Thursday to pray with other Christ-followers for America.
Thousands of public gatherings will take place on Thursday across America. If you do not know where to go in your community, search here.
If there is not a gathering near you, create one and register with the National Day of Prayer. It is very important to participate with others cooperatively.
Quite honestly, I am surprised at how many spiritual leaders in churches, including pastors, do not participate in a National Day of Prayer experience. Of all years in our nation, we need to stand unified as the body of Christ, calling out together cooperatively, for the sake of our nation.
America needs to experience the next great move of God in this world. I pray our generation will not die before seeing and experiencing the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America.
Yes, the greatest need in the Church in America today is spiritual revival, the manifest presence of God upon His people. Furthermore, the greatest need in America is the next Great Spiritual Awakening.
Pray Personally and Cooperate Collectively
Pray personally and cooperate collectively in some way on Thursday, May 4, on the National Day of Prayer.
I will participate in unified public prayer for America this year in Washington, DC. I have the privilege to assist in this national service being held in Statuary Hall of the United State Capitol Building on Thursday, May 4, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST. You can stream this national service of prayer in this significant location through: http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org
Now is the Time to Lead and Pray for America,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church
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