Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of posts on prayer. In 2014, Illinois Baptists focused on prayer and spiritual awakening at their November Annual Meeting. The national Southern Baptist Convention also will mark a Call to Prayer this year, detailed by Ronnie Floyd during his few few months as SBC President.)
Eric Reed | Our IBSA Annual Meeting focused on prayer, as part of a statewide call to revival and spiritual awakening. Using Isaiah 6:1-8 as our inspiration, moving through this cycle of prayer:
1. We lament the sins of our state. As Isaiah said, after witnessing the holiness of the Lord in the temple, “Woe is me…I am undone.”
2. We repent of apathy among believers and ask God to send revival to our churches. The angel affirmed to Isaiah, “Your sins are forgiven.”
3. We intercede for the needs of the 13 million people of Illinois and especially the 8 million or more who are lost, asking God for spiritual awakening in our state and across the United States. The Lord asked Isaiah, “Who will go?”
4. We commit to pray for their salvation and to minister in the name of Jesus. And He waits to hear, “Here I am. Send me.”
The four video collages from the IBSA Concert of Prayer (held during November’s Annual Meeting) are available for use in your church. Download them here.
Eric Reed is IBSA’s associate executive director for the Church Communications team, and editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.