July 23, 2014
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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.
CALL TO PRAYER: Giving thanks in all things
As Thanksgiving and the anniversary of his oldest daughter's tragic death approaches, SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page shares thoughts on giving thanks to God in all things.
CALL TO PRAYER: The building blocks of gratitude
SBC Executive Committee vice president Roger Oldham cites key facets of gratitude found in Scripture.
CALL TO PRAYER: The harvest at home
Nashville (BP) -- Two of the most gripping passages of Scripture open the successive chapters of Romans 9 and 10.
CALL TO PRAYER: The persecuted church
Information about the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 3 is relayed by Rob Phillips of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world today, Phillips writes, noting that an estimated 75 percent of acts of religious intolerance are directed against Christians.
CALL TO PRAYER: For the generations ahead
It is very likely our children and our children's children will bear the brunt of the full wrath of a society that has forgotten God, unless we see a massive spiritual awakening that stirs our nation once again. Roger ("Sing") Oldham tells us how to pray for these vulnerable descendants.
CALL TO PRAYER: Pray for your pastor
Rick Shepherd with the Florida Baptist Convention's prayer/spiritual awakening team exhorts Christians to pray for the pastors and for other ministers in their churches.
CALL TO PRAYER: Pray 2 Chron. 7:14
Rick Shepherd, team strategist for the Prayer/ Spiritual Awakening Team of the Florida Baptist Convention, draws lessons in prayer from 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.
CALL TO PRAYER: My Hope with Billy Graham
Elaine Helms, prayer coordinator for "My Hope America with Billy Graham" and the director of ChurchPrayerMinistries.org, calls churches and individual Christians to get excited about Graham's upcoming initiative and become "Matthews," offering Hope to their neighbors and friends as the tax collector did after meeting Jesus.
CALL TO PRAYER: Praying for our state conventions
Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, emphasizes the importance of state Baptist conventions in the task of the Great Commission and urges prayer for the conventions, especially as they gather for their annual meetings.
CALL TO PRAYER: Deliver us from the bubble
Todd Peebles, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas, says his church was caught within the bubble of isolation from the lost. Prayer is a necessary step to freedom, Peebles says.
CALL TO PRAYER: 'The nations need You'
Pastor David Platt led a Prayer for the Nations during the inauguration of Russell D. Moore as president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission on Sept. 10.
CALL TO PRAYER: Let us pray for our family
In this week's call to prayer, Roger S. Oldham encourages us to pray for our families. Oldham offers Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-11 as a model prayer for family, pointing to four elements of Paul's prayer that reveal a dynamic, positive illustration of how to pray for those we love the most.
CALL TO PRAYER: Detroit's other bankruptcy
In the midst of Detroit's financial bankruptcy, there is a much greater void -- a spiritual bankruptcy. Bobby Gilstrap, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, calls on believers to pray and give financially for this city's spiritual health.

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