Each year I look forward to our state convention’s annual meeting as we join together over the course of two days to worship, fellowship and conduct convention business. I am especially looking forward to this year’s meeting because of a special event that will be taking place during our time together in Greensboro on Nov. 6-7.
On Tues., Nov. 7, the entire evening session will be devoted to a time of prayer for revival and spiritual awakening for our state, our nation and our world. We are calling this special service “Broken Before the Throne: A Prayer Gathering.”
I want to call on every pastor, staff member, church leader and lay person from North Carolina Baptist churches to join me for this prayer gathering in Greensboro. This special service of prayer aligns with the overall theme of this year’s annual meeting, which is “Return to Me” based on Zechariah 1:3.
Much prayer has already been devoted to this year’s meeting in general and for this prayer gathering in particular, and it’s been clear that the Lord has been working in the hearts of various individuals who have a role in planning the annual meeting’s theme, schedule and related activities.
As we look forward to November, my prayer is that God would move in a mighty and powerful way in our lives as individuals and in the lives of our churches. If we are going to impact our world for Christ and see revival and spiritual awakening come, it must first start in the hearts of God’s people.
To collectively focus our hearts and minds on the Lord, we are once again inviting North Carolina Baptists to join together in 30 days of focused prayer during the month of October as we lead up to the annual meeting in November. Chris Schofield, who leads the state convention’s Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening, has written a powerful daily devotional that can be of great assistance during this prayer emphasis.
The devotional is aligned with the annual meeting’s theme and theme verse, and it includes daily scripture and devotional readings, as well as daily prayer prompts. Each N.C. Baptist church has been mailed a copy of this resource, and it is also available as a free download at prayfor30days.org. Additional printed copies are also available for purchase for $2 each. In addition, the prayfor30days.org website has information about how you can request the devotions and prayer prompts be delivered to you by email or text message.
We are also inviting N.C. Baptists to designate Sun., Nov. 5 as a day of prayer and fasting for a refreshing, life-changing work of God’s Spirit within us. We’re encouraging pastors and churches to devote some or all of their worship service just prior to the start of the annual meeting to pray for revival and spiritual awakening.
I sincerely hope that you will mark your calendar and join me in Greensboro this November. I am praying that this meeting and prayer gathering will be a moment that we can look back to years from now as the beginning of a great move of God’s Spirit within NC Baptists and our churches. Will you join me?
“‘Return to Me,’ … ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of hosts” – Zechariah 1:3b (NKJV).