April 21, 2014
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CALL TO PRAYER: Learn from Jesus to pray
The early church gained its power through prayer, contends Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Christians should not try to speak for God, until we've spent time speaking with God in prayer, Gaines exhorts in this week's CALL TO PRAYER.
CALL TO PRAYER: The Ukrainian crisis
Roger S. Oldham, vice president for convention communications and relations with the SBC Executive Committee, writes about how Christians can pray for the people in Ukraine.
CALL TO PRAYER: God-honoring fasts
Pastor Ronnie Floyd shares about the importance of both prayer and fasting and how they are "important and integral ingredients in the lives of His followers."
CALL TO PRAYER: Where are all the godly men?
Seminary president Jason K. Allen ponders why godly men seem to be lacking in today's churches, causing him to pray that God will "call forth a new generation of men consecrated in heart and devoted to His glory."
CALL TO PRAYER: Praying for collegians
If we are praying for a revival in America, then we should beg God for the hearts and lives of college students, says collegiate minister Jeff Jones.
CALL TO PRAYER: Obey?
Author and Baptist Press editor Art Toalston writes that prayer can transform any irritation with God over His call to obedience. "God is far from the only one with an expectation of obedience in today's cultural milieu," Toalston writes, noting that a yearning for others to acquiesce to their moral code can be found among advocates for a range of social agendas.
CALL TO PRAYER: Guided congregational prayer
Guided congregational prayer can unite the church body as God intended, even as Jesus and the Father are one. Roger S. Oldham offers encouragement and guidance for your church or ministry with nine prayer priorities that helped unite the membership of his second pastorate.
CALL TO PRAYER: 7 keys to effective prayer
Elaine Helms, prayer coordinator for My Hope America with Billy Graham and director of ChurchPrayerMinistries.org, gives us seven Scripture-based keys to effective prayer.
CALL TO PRAYER: Protect all children
In advance of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Jan. 19, ethicist Russell D. Moore calls on the church to work within all its power to fight satan's attacks against little children.
CALL TO PRAYER: Pray for the pray-ers
For each "Elijah," God has reserved to Himself thousands of unnamed but faithful servants who have refused to bow their knees to the "Baals" of our modern era. In this week's CALL TO PRAYER, Roger S. Oldham asks us to pray in advance of a Jan. 13, Atlanta gathering of many of the faithful.
CALL TO PRAYER: Pray like never before
In the first CALL TO PRAYER of 2014, Roger S. Oldham calls on Southern Baptists to pray like never before, and offers seven spiritual suggestions for a more fruitful prayer journal.
CALL TO PRAYER: The Hope of Christmas
In this Christmas season, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page encourages us to find a neighbor or friend in need and pray for them by name, placing them before a Savior who will hold them close to Himself.
CALL TO PRAYER: Revolutionize your life
Seminary president Jason Allen challenges believers to become more disciplined "in prayer, worship and especially Bible intake to nurture our sanctification."
CALL TO PRAYER: Love, the more excellent way
Roger S. Oldham of the SBC Executive Committee sets forth a framework for prayer to call Christians to deepen their love for one another. "Let us pray that we will believe in one another, expect the best of one another, and stand our ground in defending one another," he writes.
CALL TO PRAYER: Returning home for Thanksgiving
As many return home this week for Thanksgiving, Erich Bridges shares thoughts on how the holiday relates to the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.

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