This podcast was recorded at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s 2017 Annual Meeting and focuses on the role of prayer and holiness within the church. Even in churches where pastors faithfully preach about praying, many members don’t pray. Bud Parrish and other pastors examine biblical and practical wisdom from Acts 3:19 on how God is calling His people across North Carolina and beyond to return to Him in brokenness, holiness and mission and in turn be blessed with a time of refreshing. Pastors and prayer leaders share stories of God’s transforming work in churches and communities through one-accord prayer.
Here is an excerpt from this podcast:
Every church talks about praying, teaches about praying, preaches about praying, but most of us don’t pray. What we’re doing during this session is talking about pastors, prayer groups, associational groups and prayer walking. We’re going to give you a chance to share with us things God is doing in your ministry and your churches. I want to open with God’s Word in chapter three of the book of Acts. You know the church has just been planted and formed and established, and with that happening, Peter and John go up into the temple in verse one. It says how they went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer—being the ninth hour. There was a set time for them to be called together to pray. And then as you go through, there’s a miracle that takes place in the name of Christ—not because man had power, but because the Holy Spirit gave them power to do that which they were to do. Then in verse 19 there were many, as he begins to preach to them, that did not know in faith. But he says in verse 19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” This prayer gathering of our whole convention this week is returning to God. And the way you start that is by first of all looking deep within yourself and recognizing and focusing on sin and your failures and repenting and asking God to break your heart and to cleanse you so that times of refreshing can come.
by Bud Parrish / Interim Pastor and Chaplain / Greensboro Fire Department
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