Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear Delivers Prayer Before House of Representatives

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, gives the opening prayer for an afternoon legislative session for the House of Representatives. Image captured from PBS video

The words of Psalm 16:1 are located inside a prayer room of the United States Capitol: “Preserve me, O God, for in thee do I put my trust.” A similar prayer was spoken on Capitol Hill today (Sept. 25) as Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear opened the afternoon legislative session for the House of Representatives.

“May You grant that this body rule in a way that directs the men, women and children of this country toward Your goodness, and enables them to respond in thankfulness to You,” said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area. “May we perceive the love that You have for us, and may that translate into love for one another, especially the most vulnerable.”

Greear was invited to open the session in prayer at the request of Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.). Walker is a member of Mercy Hill Church in Greensboro, N.C., and a former Southern Baptist pastor.

“[Greear] believes the deeper we dive into the extravagant love of Christ, the more our lives will be filled with unquenchable joy, reckless generosity and audacious faith,” Walker said in a brief speech on the House floor.

“I deeply respect what Pastor J.D. has done for the faith and his boldness to always stand up for what is right,” Walker said. “It is an honor to host him here in Washington, D.C. today and I look forward to his continued leadership as head of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

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Source: Baptist Press