Southern Baptist Executive Committee Meeting Ends With Call for “Prevailing, Intercessory Prayer” and More Aid for Recent Disaster Zones
Intercessory prayer and special disaster recovery funding topped the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee agenda during its Nashville meeting Sept. 18–19, which marked the group’s centennial.
The Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling Southern Baptists and other Christians to prevailing prayer in the midst of “racial unrest, cataclysmic storms, raging wildfires, political strife, daily shootings in cities across the land, and rampant disregard for the commands and teachings of God’s Word.”
EC President Frank S. Page led those in attendance in a special prayer, recognizing God’s power to overcome obstacles too great for mankind.
“The needs that are out there are bigger than we are, but they’re not bigger than You, and we rely on You,” Page interceded. “We pray, God, that God’s people would rise up to minister like never before … and do what Christian people do, because it’s right, because there’s a need.”
EC chairman Stephen Rummage pledged to read the resolution during Sept. 24 worship services at his pastorate, Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., and exhorted other pastors and leaders to do the same.
“I know that my church family will be thrilled to know that the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention has a heart for prayer, and we’re just going to have a season of prayer together as a church, related to the needs that are explained and so beautifully talked about in this resolution,” Rummage said. “I would challenge you and encourage you to do that if you’re a pastor, and certainly any leadership opportunity the Lord would give you, to call our people to prayer.”
The resolution encourages Christians to pray by:
— “Humbly acknowledging God’s sovereign control over the world He created;”
— “Regularly communing with God through meditating on His Word and praying in the Spirit;”
— “Earnestly desiring to know the heart of God, the mind of Christ, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit in every word, thought, and deed,” and
— “Joyfully turning from fleshly allurements that seek to distract us from complete surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every area of our lives.”
With Southern Baptists responding concurrently to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with Hurricane Maria raging through the already battered Caribbean, Southern Baptists committed additional dollars to disaster recovery.
The EC will give the first $1.25 million of any overage in the SBC’s 2016-2017 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget to disaster relief efforts in Florida and Texas. The full budget overage for the Executive Committee, meanwhile, will be forwarded to the International Mission Board for international disaster relief, the EC voted, while also making provision for other SBC entities to assist with hurricane relief from their budgets through a one-time action to suspend SBC bylaw stipulations.
SOURCE: Baptist Press