September 15, 2014
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CALL TO PRAYER: The privilege of praying for your pastor
Redunda Noble urges Christians to remember to pray for their pastors and church leaders.
CALL TO PRAYER: A plea for 'spiritual presence'
Columnist Jamie Work urges Christians to cultivate "spiritual presence" by spending time in prayer -- both privately and corporately.
CALL TO PRAYER: Petition & praise in prison
College student Myriah Snyder reflects on the prayer requests of inmates served by a prison ministry in western Kentucky. Snyder notes their intent to pray for their families and their gratitude to God for His blessings.
CALL TO PRAYER: 'Lord, prepare me to be ...'
As our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the church is the body of Christ. "Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary," should be our prayer, says Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
CALL TO PRAYER: A good time to prayerwalk
Ralph Tone, noting the warmer temperatures of spring, writes that it's a good time for Christians to prayerwalk the streets of their communities -- to pray for people in their homes, for schools, churches and businesses.
CALL TO PRAYER: A 'great place to start' -- Psalm 27
West Virginia pastor Dan Biser examines a key passage in the Bible regarding repentance, Psalm 27:7-8. In a time of "weather-related issues, shootings, calamities and punishments," this Scripture passage is "a great place to start," Biser writes.
CALL TO PRAYER: Peace in the midst of crisis
As the crisis in Ukraine continues, Frank Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, reminds Southern Baptists to continue praying for the country, and that the Gospel will spread there during these troubled times.
CALL TO PRAYER: Reaching our neighbors with the Gospel
A growing racial diversity in the U.S. makes the Great Commission more urgent as Southern Baptists seek to engage all peoples. Roger S. Oldham calls us to prayer that empowers us to do the Lord's will.
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.
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.

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