GCRTF issues 'Seven Points of Prayer'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--With a vote on the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report less than two weeks away, the chairman of that group has called Southern Baptists "to enter into a serious time of prayer."
"Let us pray that messengers to our convention will be guided by the Holy Spirit, united with a common commitment to Christ and energized by excitement for the Great Commission," Ronnie Floyd said in a June 1 press statement. "May the nations of the world be on our hearts, and may the commitment of future generations be on our minds as we meet in Orlando."
Floyd released a seven-point prayer guide for the June 15-16 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., and announced the task force wants the report's seven recommendations voted on as a unit.
The task force "believes that our seven recommendations form a unified vision that will chart our future together. Therefore, it is our desire to see the recommendations discussed and acted upon together, not separately," Floyd said in the statement. "However, this will ultimately be determined by the messengers of the convention. We will wholeheartedly support their decision.
"We expect an energetic discussion of our report on the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention, but we also hope for a bold embrace of our report," Floyd added. "Our greatest hope is to see Southern Baptists leave Orlando with a bolder commitment, a greater excitement, and a clearer vision for Great Commission faithfulness."
The task force's "Seven Points of Prayer" document offered the following guidance for daily prayer on behalf of the annual meeting:
-- "Prayer Point #1: Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon us during our time of hearing, discussing and determining our actions towards this report and recommendations.
-- "Prayer Point #2: Pray that the messengers of the convention will lay aside all personal and preferential agendas and embrace the will and purpose of God as they hear the formal report and recommendations of the GCR Task Force.
-- "Prayer Point #3: Pray for the GCR Task Force to make their presentation in the power of the Holy Spirit and to be able to answer any questions and concerns of the messengers, resulting in honor being brought to Jesus Christ.
-- "Prayer Point #4: Pray for Dr. Johnny Hunt and his presidential message to the Southern Baptist Convention on June 15th at 11:10 a.m. (EST) and for God to use him among us powerfully.
-- "Prayer Point #5: Pray for Dr. Ronnie Floyd and his presentation to the Southern Baptist Convention at 2:45 p.m. (EST) as the chairman of the GCR Task Force and for God to use him among us powerfully.
-- "Prayer Point #6: Pray for a genuine spiritual revival and awakening to be experienced by the people of God, resulting in a mighty move of God and the resurgence of the Great Commission through each of our lives and churches.
-- "Prayer Point #7: Pray for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Glory of God to extend to all the nations and people groups of the world.
-- "Pray daily: 'May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be one in us, so the world may believe you sent me.' (John 17:21)"
Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor Mark Kelly.