Usually on Wednesday of each week, I write these lines that I call “What’s Happening this Week at FBC?” We do have some exciting things going on this week as we build toward our Prayer Revival next week. The biggest happening this week is that we have a group travelling, experiencing the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. This magnificent museum is a testimony to the Biblical historicity of the Genesis story. I am happy for our group experiencing this trip. Continue to pray for their safe return.
But, let’s go ahead and talk about next week.
Earlier this summer God placed on my heart to lead us in a renewal of our prayer focus as a church. The result of this has been what we are calling “This One Thing.” I like this phrase because Jesus said of the Temple, “My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer.” In addition, prayer is the one thing Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus to teach them to do.
One of the great highlights of our renewed focus on prayer is to have a prayer revival. We are devoting next week, October 8-11, to prayer. On Sunday, October 8, our prayer gathering will be our usual Sunday evening worship time of 6:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, October 9-11, we will begin at 6:30 p.m. On these nights, the Sanctuary will be open at 6:00 p.m. for personal prayer.
Here is the schedule of prayer leaders. On Sunday, I will lead us in prayer. We will begin with an emphasis on repentance. Repentance is the key to revival.
The rest of the week we will have these special guest leaders.
October 9 – Prayer Leader: Rod Masteller—Rod was a pastor in Oklahoma before coming to Louisiana. He retired as pastor of Summer Grove Baptist in Shreveport. He now lives in the Dallas area. I count Rod as a great friend and one of my personal mentors, especially in the area of prayer. Rod will lead us specifically in praying for our nation.
October 10 – Prayer Leader: David Carlton—Director of Missions, Evangeline Baptist Association—David is no stranger to our church. In fact, David and his wife Pamela are members of First Baptist. Drawing upon his vast experience in living in other cultures and in giving a lifetime of study to personal disciplines, David will lead us well.
October 11 – Prayer Leader: David Hankins—Executive Director, Louisiana Baptist Convention—David has become a great friend since I have been pastor of First Baptist. He gives leadership to our collaborative effort as Southern Baptists in Louisiana. I am asking him to lead us to pray for the vast needs that we have as a state.
I have asked us as a church to prioritize these days. We are all tremendously busy, but let’s make time for these nights. Share this information with friends and let’s have a great prayer revival.
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