By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
BOSSIER CITY – Keeping with a desire to focus on prayer in the state, Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn has scheduled a second day of prayer within a four-month period.
Scheduled for Sept. 11 at First Bossier, the day of prayer will be similar to the one held at First Lafayette on June 24. During that gathering, around 77 Louisiana Baptist pastors and laypeople gathered to pray for repentance, the President’s 2020 Commission, Louisiana College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and other college students in the state, needs of the churches and revival.
Since the prayer gathering at First Bossier will fall on Sept. 11, Horn expects more focus on praying for the nation.
Horn said that he was pleased with the attendance at the first prayer gathering and is excited that people will come together to pray for an entire day.
“In reflecting on our prayer gathering, though we had representation from every corner of the state, it was dominated by the south,” said Horn, who also is pastor of First Lafayette.
“So, I have planned a second gathering to be held at FBC Bossier City. The date will be Thursday, September 11.
“Though we haven’t fully thought about the prayer program, I am beginning with the assumption that it will look very much like the gathering in Lafayette with the exception of a few different faces leading the prayer times depending upon everyone’s availability from the Lafayette gathering.”
Like the first prayer gathering, the event begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm. Lunch will be provided, at no charge. Those who plan on attending are requested to email firstname.lastname@example.org so event organizers can adequately prepare for how many will eat the complimentary meal.
Horn requests that anybody planning to attend will arrive on time and stay the entire day.
The two prayer gatherings mirror a larger effort for a focus on prayer by Southern Baptist leaders this year.
In Florida, five regional pastor-led prayer meetings in May and June drew 234 pastors and ministers, who fell on their knees to pray for personal renewal, family, churches and others, as well as revival in the state and nation, Baptist Press reported.
Meanwhile, in Arkansas over the past three months, nine church and associational meetings have resulted in 440 Arkansas Baptist seniors making commitments in writing to pray daily for themselves, their pastors and their churches to experience revival.
Newly elected SBC President Ronnie Floyd, who is pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, has called upon Southern Baptists to hold days of prayer throughout the country. He has urged as many people as possible to come to next year’s SBC Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, and believes another Great Awakening could come in his lifetime.
“The Call to Columbus for June 16-17, 2015, is genuine and one that I pray each of you will respond to personally, not only in prayer, but with attendance,” Floyd wrote July 10 on his blog, ronniefloyd.com. “As stated again last week, I believe one of the most strategic things we can do is to cry out to God in extraordinary prayer, asking Him for the next Great Awakening.
Before he became SBC president, Floyd organized prayer meetings in Dallas from Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2013, and Atlanta from Jan. 13-14 of this year, with both gatherings drawing pastors from throughout the US. In fact, the meeting in Dallas was attended by Horn and several other Louisiana Baptist pasto