By J.D. Greear
President of the Southern Baptist Convention
Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C.
DURHAM, N.C. – John Wesley famously said, “God does nothing in the world except in answer to prayer.” That’s probably an overstatement, but the apostles’ experience in Acts verifies at least the sentiment behind it. It was after a 10-day prayer meeting that God gave Peter the power to birth the church through his preaching in Acts 2.
The apostles prayed for 10 days, Peter preached for 10 minutes and 3,000 people got saved. Nowadays, we pray for 10 minutes, we talk for 10 days, and three people get saved. (We need to rearrange our zeros!) And it was during a prayer meeting (Acts 13:2), not a missions conference, that God raised up the church’s greatest missionary, the apostle Paul.
Above all things, our annual meeting needs to be saturated by prayer. We need to pray before it, during it and after it. This convention should not be about what we think or what we want, but what God wants. And the way we discover that is through prayer. [Read more…]