As Southern Baptists navigate the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, has called for a special time of prayer.
The SBC Good Friday Online Prayer Gathering will take place at 12 p.m. CDT April 10. While plans are still being finalized, led by Floyd and other leaders from across the SBC, the event will be livestreamed at sbc.net/pray and on the SBC Executive Committee’s Facebook page.
The format will include times of scripture reading and focused prayer to address specific needs related to the pandemic, according to Floyd, who is inviting and encouraging all Southern Baptists to participate.
“We have never been here before,” Floyd said. “Our prayers need to match these challenges. Gather friends and families everywhere and let’s talk to God about where we are. We need God to intervene miraculously. Together we must pray and be on mission with God.”
Floyd said the timing is critical. As the pandemic has prompted great uncertainty and anxiety throughout the United States and the entire world, Easter weekend provides an extraordinary opportunity to share the gospel.
“We believe the work of our Southern Baptist churches across America, as well as what we do together across the entire world, provides a great footprint of God’s work throughout the regions and states in America and across the globe,” Floyd said. “Instead of coming together to hear someone preach or sing, we are coming together to pray in this major crisis as we face Easter weekend with hope.”
Other participants will be announced in coming days.