Baptists pray for forgiveness, unity, revival

Meredith Flynn —  June 16, 2015

Prayer_kneeling_blogColumbus | Southern Baptists prayed together for two hours Tuesday evening, calling on God to bring spiritual awakening and revival in churches, communities, the United States, and the world. They started with personal repentance, kneeling across the convention center as leaders from around the country led in prayers of forgiveness for prayerlessness, lack of evangelism, division, abortion, sexual depravity, negligence of “the least of these,” and more.

Pastors of different ethnicities led in prayer for racial reconciliation, and people gathered in small groups, standing shoulder-to-shoulder or hand-in-hand as they prayed for true unity. The church leaders then worshiped together on the stage, as the band led those in the packed auditorium to sing, “I am redeemed. You set me free.”

“…Tonight in Jesus’ name, we come together as one family, and we do it because of the blood of the Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world,” said SBC President Ronnie Floyd.

The evening turned toward revival, with more church leaders praying brief prayers for pastors and their wives, students, families, women, men, churches, and Southern Baptist leaders and workers.

Las Vegas pastor Vance Pittman said he had heard about revival, and read about it too. “But I have never experienced that kind of an awakening where I live,” he said, his voice breaking. “And I don’t know where you are tonight, but I am hungry to not just read about it, and not just hear about it, but to experience a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God on our nation like we have never witnessed before.”

After they prayed for spiritual awakening, Floyd led the congregation in prayer for the persecuted church. As the worship team and choir started singing, the crowd stood, many lifting their hands.

“Thou, O Lord, are a shield for me. My glory and the lifter of my head.”

Meredith Flynn


Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.