By David Leavell
President, Tennessee Baptist Convention
I don’t know a Southern Baptist who wouldn’t say that prayer is important. I think we would also agree that we talk more about prayer than actually pray. Prayer requires an intentional “quieting down both physically and spiritually” — a time to adore the Lord’s character, confess sin, thank Him for His goodness, and present our requests to Him. It is so comforting to know that we serve the God of the universe. He cares for us. He is attentive to our needs. God is so good. He answers our prayers.
Many of us can remember being in a prayer “meeting” during Sunday School or on Wednesday night when the request time turned into a gossip session. Or, it went so long that it eclipsed any meaningful time to actually pray. We can get so caught up in talking about our needs to each other that we actually forget to talk to the One who can answer our requests! I recently heard one pastor say that when we do pray, “most Christians spend more time praying fellow Christians don’t die and go to heaven than we do praying the lost come to Jesus and avoid hell.” [Read more…]