Philadelphia pastor K. Marshall Williams cried out to God to mold Christians to stand as Christ’s ambassadors in these last days, as he closed his remarks with prayer during the National African American Fellowship annual banquet June 15 in Columbus, Ohio.
“Lord, break us, that You can make us, that we might be the people of God that You’re calling for in these last and evil days,” prayed Williams, NAAF president and pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church. “God, the people of God need to come together, but until we lay flat on our face and cry out to You, and allow You to do a work in our hearts that we might be that which You’re calling for in these last and evil days, neither revival nor spiritual awakening will come.”
Williams drew from several Scripture passages in a message titled “The Prerequisite for Revival and Spiritual Awakening,” pointing to fear of the Lord and a humility born of brokenness. Speaking to pastors, pastors’ wives, other ministers, SBC entity leaders and guests in a ballroom of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Williams interspersed prayer with a call to Christians to surrender to God.
“We need to surrender from the pulpit to the door, from the ceiling to the floor. We need Jesus to fill us that we might be children of the Most High God,” Williams said, also voicing thanks to God for NAAF and the SBC.
“Thank You for what You’re going to do in our lives and in this nation, and even in this eon,” he prayed. “Allow a fresh wind to blow through America and turn this nation right side up for Christ.”
SBC leaders greeting the group included Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; O.S. Hawkins, president, GuideStone Financial Resources; Keith Jefferson, International Mission Board African American missional church strategist; Mark Croston, LifeWay Christian Resources national director of black church partnerships,; Gary Frost, vice president of the North American Mission Board’s Midwest Region; Daniel Sanchez, missions professor and director of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Scarborough Institute for Church Growth; Ken Weathersby, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention advancement; Bob Sena, Executive Committee Hispanic relations consultant; and Valerie Carter, executive director and treasurer of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia.
Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, also expressed his love and appreciation, making reference to Micah 6:8.
“There are times we have a right to do something, but it’s not the right thing to do. And I’m glad that we’re finding out and learning what is right and hopefully starting to do that which is right,” Page said. “I want us also to be a people who love mercy, who treat each other with mercy as you have to me, and to walk humbly before our God.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press