|Florida Baptists called to prayer for movement of God locally
By Barbara Denman
September 19, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBC) As Florida senior pastors gather with others from across the Southern Baptist Convention for a Pastor’s Call to Prayer, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Dallas, Texas, Florida Baptist ministers are being called to meet locally in their cities and towns to seek the Lord for revival and spiritual awakening in their communities.
This national meeting can be the catalyst of a movement of the Spirit of God, said Rick Shepherd, strategist of the Florida Baptist Prayer and Spiritual Awakening Team.
“The need is certainly before us. So many are lost. In the bigger picture, I believe this call to prayer is an indication of the movement of the Spirit of God, an invitation, a call from Him that we do not want to miss,” said Shepherd.
While he had received queries about details of the Dallas meeting, many more have asked about the possibility of having a pastors’ prayer gathering in towns across Florida since most pastors will not be able to travel to Dallas on those dates.
For that reason, Shepherd is encouraging pastors, directors of missions and others to gather for prayer locally on Monday, Sept. 30 or Tuesday, Oct. 1 to seek the Lord for revival and spiritual awakening, for His working in our midst.
This will be happening in Jacksonville, Shepherd reported. A previously scheduled Pastors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Jacksonville Baptist Association office Tuesday, Oct. 1. The meeting is part of the association’s annual meeting and will feature SBC President Fred Luter. The New Orleans pastor also will speak at the annual meeting Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m., at Fruit Cove Baptist Church.
In addition, as part of the North American Mission Board’s “TenTwo” prayer focus, based on Luke 10:2, thousands across the SBC will be praying on Oct. 2, “seeking the Lord for His working in our cities, in our churches, in church plants—many needs on many fronts.”
Also, throughout the months of September and October, Florida Baptist associations will hear from representatives about “RevisionFlorida,” a revival and renewal emphasis led by members of the State Board of Missions.
As part of this Call to Prayer across Florida and a “desire to respond to the wave of His spirit,” Shepherd has developed a 31-Day Prayer Calendar, to be used from Oct. 1-31, based on Hosea 10:12.
The ‘Return to Me’ prayer calendar emphasizes that it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you,” said Shepherd.
“It focuses on restored relationships and right relationships. That includes every heart, home, church, and community. Each day focuses on one aspect of walking in the right relationships God desires for each person, starting with knowing the Lord followed by daily growing in knowing Him,” he explained.
“To walk with Him as we should means also walking cleansed of sin, any selfish ways, anything not from Him. Walking with Him also means obeying His word, he added.