Prayer for revival fuels annual meeting focus

Taking its theme from Isaiah 55:6, the 17th annual meeting of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will emphasize the need for prayer and revival when it gathers on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Nov. 10-11. The theme for this year’s annual meeting is “Seek the Lord While He May Be Found.”

“As the theme of the convention centers around seeking the Lord, special prayer times have been scheduled,” SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards said. “If ever there was a need for God’s people to seek his face, it is now.”

Read the Sept 17 edition of the Texan DigitalJimmy Pritchard, pastor of First Baptist Church in Forney, has focused his tenure as SBTC president on spiritual awakening.

“The Bible conference and convention will be a convocation on revival to help us meet any and all scriptural requirements for awakening and set the table for God to move among us,” Pritchard said. “I am praying that our time together will serve as a catalyst for awakening in our state.”

In an article for the September TEXAN print edition, Pritchard said, “My heart’s glow for awakening brightens as I survey the landscape of our convention leading up to our annual meeting. A growing number of God’s men have moved beyond lip service to lead the charge to cry out to God for spiritual awakening. Desperation that draws us to our knees in prayer provides the crucial cornerstone for a movement of God.”

Day of Prayer & Fasting
The Day of Prayer & Fasting for the SBTC Bible Conference and Annual Meeting is set for Sunday, Oct. 19, with an emphasis on spiritual awakening. Churches are asked to set aside this day to pray for events leading up to the annual meeting and for the annual meeting itself, that God would be honored in both.

The SBTC Minister/Church Relations department has created a website with resources for individuals and churches at Resources include “I Will Pray,” a simple, five-part prayer approach that has people pray for their home, church, pastor, lost friends and family, and nation.

According to the website, “Pastors may choose to have a prayer emphasis by using a similar approach each week. Focus the Sunday morning prayer time on one of the segments each week for five weeks.”



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