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  • FIRST-PERSON: The National Day of Prayer

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tomorrow an incredible movement will unfold in our country. Millions of Americans across all 50 states will gather in churches, local businesses, the steps of city halls, in schools, neighborhoods and public gathering places for a day of public prayer for the United States of America.

    In one voice, they will lift a single prayer request to God: unity in America.

    This Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer. It will be the 30th annual observance since President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer, and the 67th observance since the day was first created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Read More

  • Nat'l Day of Prayer: Unity in nation, among churches

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 16, 2018 (5 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Unity across the nation and among churches spanning all denominations, generations, races and cultures is the overarching plea of the 2018 National Day of Prayer May 3.

    Mobilizing people across the nation in public prayer events May 3 -- capped by a nationally televised and livestreamed prayer service at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the U.S. Capitol Building -- is the day's goal, event president Ronnie Floyd said at nationaldayofprayer.org. Read More

  • Greear, Hemphill rally prayer, civility amid transitions

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid two Southern Baptist Convention entity leadership searches and upcoming national SBC elections, both SBC presidential candidates have issued a joint call for prayer, grace and civility.

    J.D. Greear and Ken Hemphill, both tapped as 2018 nominees for SBC president, made the joint appeal as the International Mission Board (IMB) and the SBC Executive Committee (EC) are tasked with finding new entity leaders. In the midst of the entity searches, Southern Baptists will elect national officers at the SBC 2018 Annual Meeting June 12-13 in Dallas. Read More

  • Mohler: Lord's Prayer is 'revolutionary' manifesto

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Lord's Prayer is a revolutionary manifesto for God's eternal reign in heaven and earth, R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes in his new book, "The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down."

    Most people recognize the familiar refrains of the prayer Jesus taught to His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. It's recited at graveside services and before many high school football games. But people often don't understand the words they're saying, Mohler writes.

    Mohler hopes readers will see the large-scale purpose of this famous prayer: The Lord alone reigns. Read More

  • Trump at Prayer Breakfast: 'Lord's grace all around us'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- America's heritage of faith and ongoing experience of God's grace were President Trump's focus in an address today (Feb. 8) at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    "Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty," Trump said. "Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, 'In God we trust.' And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are 'one nation under God.'" Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Let us pray

    by Waylon Bailey, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Prayer matters to God, Waylon Bailey writes, recounting key reasons to pray and key elements of prayer. "We need to pray because the Lord is God," Bailey writes, "and besides Him there is no other." Read More

  • Members of 117 churches urged to 'rise up, build'

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    BENTON, La. (BP) -- Nearly 700 members of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association's 117 churches came together to cry out to God to bring revival during the local fellowship's third annual "Call to Prayer."

    Hosted by Cypress Baptist Church, Benton, the Jan. 28 gathering brought together Christians of various ages and ethnicities to pray for law enforcement, the persecuted church, missionaries serving around the world, pastors and other church leaders. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: It makes all the difference

    by Doug Munton, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Want to reorder your priorities? Broaden your perspective? Deepen your relationship with God? Doug Munton suggests the daily discipline of a devotional life. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Worth heeding

    by Tommy Kiker, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The people of God need to pray, we ought to pray, we must pray.

    Great movements of God are normally preceded by great movements of prayer by God's people. We see this pattern throughout Scripture and throughout the history of the church. God does not need us to pray in order to move but in His sovereignty He has chosen to work in power, time and time again, in response to the concerted cries of His people. Read More

  • 'In All Things Pray' opens 2018 for Southern Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, December 18, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The month-long prayer emphasis "In All Things Pray" opens 2018 on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar, encouraging churches to pray corporately for 60 minutes at least weekly in January.

    Standing on Acts 1:8 and 2 Chronicles 7:14, In All Things Pray encourages 10 minutes of Scripture reading, public leadership and worship; 20 minutes of vocalized prayer requests, and 30 minutes of guided prayer in each hour-long service, event organizers said. Read More