Twice as many pastors gathered for two days of focused prayer in Atlanta compared to the first such meeting last fall in Dallas, prompting the gathering’s organizer, Ronnie Floyd, to say, “God is up to something special in America.”
“As I leave our prayer gathering, I am convinced more than ever that the Lord is stirring up men of God all across this nation,” Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post.
Floyd was greatly encouraged by the turnout for “A Call to Pray for Revival and Awakening”: nearly 400 pastors and other ministers praying together Jan. 13-14 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel.
Last fall’s gathering primarily was for senior pastors, and the latest meeting was opened to a broader group. The men were from 180 churches in 28 states as well as various Southern Baptist entities, state conventions and other ministries.
“The only answer in the church and in our nation is a major move of God, and He is placing a strong burden and growing desperation in our midst,” Floyd said. “While I saw this in our Dallas gathering in the fall, God intensified it in Atlanta this week. This is occurring because of extraordinary prayer.”
Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, said he went to the gathering not because he exemplifies a great man of prayer “but because I know I am weak, and I need the prayers of my brothers.”
“It blessed me to be at a gathering where we spent more time praying than anything else,” Reid wrote on his blog Jan. 15. “It has been years since I have done this, and I desperately needed it.”
Before each lengthy time of prayer, the men received a short challenge from Floyd and others.
Floyd used as a guide Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards’ treatise “A Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of God’s Kingdom.”
From that, Floyd highlighted three ideas: explicit agreement, visible union and extraordinary prayer.
Jack Graham, pastor of the Dallas-area Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, said he was grateful for pastor friends who prayed in faith.
“We met together to seek God and encourage one another in fellowship and believing prayer,” Graham wrote in a statement to Baptist Press. “Only one agenda: to ask God to rekindle our love for Jesus, revive His church and enable us to fulfill His mission on earth to make disciples.
“The presence of God was real and ignited our hearts as one,” Graham wrote. “I’m confident we are better men and more effective servants of Christ because we gathered in His Great Name and for His Glory (Ephesians 3:20-21).”
SOURCE: Erin Roach