Texas Southern Baptists plan, prepare for National Day of Prayer
May 5th, 2020 / By: Rob Collingsworth / comments
On Thursday, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will join with churches and believers worldwide in the National Day of Prayer. Signed into law in 1952 by President Harry Truman and held each year on the first Thursday in May, the National Day of Prayer is the country’s largest annual gathering focused specifically on prayer.
The occasion, usually marked by large physical gatherings, has transitioned primarily online in the wake of COVID-19 social distancing measures from state and local governments.
This year, the SBTC’s participation in the National Day of Prayer is in concert with the convention’s “We Will Pray” prayer strategy, designed to get both large and small groups within SBTC churches to pray with renewed passion and intentionality.
SBTC prayer strategist Ted Elmore said the resource is designed to call church members to their knees in repentance and faith.
“It will also help you walk through Scripture together, developing timely and practical prayer strategies for your congregation,” Elmore added.
SBC pastors and churches across the country also participated May 5 in an effort to pray for revival across the country, led by 95-year-old North Carolina pastor Fred Lunsford.
"He [God] extended my years for a reason, and he wanted me to pray for spiritual awakening and to get as many people praying as I could," Lunsford told Baptist Press. "God spoke into my heart, and I yielded to it. It's not me; it's the Lord."
Over 260,000 people pledged to take part in a day of prayer and fasting in the lead-up to Thursday’s National Day of Prayer.
The SBTC’s Prayer Ministry has curated resources to help spur the convention’s churches toward a greater emphasis on prayer.
“Many have been praying and longing for another Great Awakening to sweep our land. The resources and links on this site are created and curated by the Executive Committee in cooperation with prayer teams of PrayerLink members and are directly related to the ministries of a state Baptist convention, an SBC entity, or a Convention-approved ministry on the SBC event calendar,” Elmore said. “These are made available to the Southern Baptist family with the hope and prayer that they will help spur a movement of God as we pray together for the lost, for our nation, and for the world.”
To learn more about the SBTC’s prayer initiatives, visit https://sbtexas.com/church-ministries/prayer/.