NASHVILLE (BP) — The apostle Paul charged Timothy to establish prayer as the top priority in his life and ministry (“first of all,” 1 Timothy 2:1). If our churches are to experience spiritual renewal and our nation is to experience spiritual awakening, must embrace this same priority in our churches and in our personal lives.
In Scripture, spiritual awakening is always tied to the obedience of God’s people. Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter recently reminded us that revival does not trickle down from the White House; it bubbles up from God’s House! God’s Word to Solomon still holds true — “If MY people, who are called by MY Name …” If revival is to come to America, we must earnestly beseech the Father in specific ways. I mention three.
Pray for our leaders — In Paul’s charge to Timothy, he commanded him to pray for “kings and all that are in authority.” Few national and international leaders mentioned in biblical history were godly. In fact, the number of godly kings can be counted on less than two hands. On the other hand, the number…Continue Reading