Unite together in prayer this October

September 21, 2018

“Spiritual transformation of neighborhoods, municipalities and nations begins and ends with biblical, passionate, kingdom-advancing prayer on behalf of all people.”

This quote is taken from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s recently released devotional prayer guide developed by Chris Schofield, who leads our Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening. The quote reflects the passion that Chris, our staff and others across our state share to see God glorified and people from every tribe, tongue and nation drawn to Him.

All great moves of God begin with prayer, and for the seventh consecutive year, we are encouraging North Carolina Baptists to join in a 30-day prayer emphasis this October as we unite together in intentional and focused prayer. The new prayer guide is designed to be used during the prayer emphasis, and it includes 30 days of Scripture selections, devotional readings, prayer prompts and more.

The prayer guide is aligned with the same theme as our upcoming Annual Meeting in Greensboro on Nov. 5-6, which is “Who is My Neighbor?” The devotions and prayer points are designed to assist you in seeking Christ personally and corporately for revival and spiritual awakening.

The number of individuals and churches who have used these devotional resources and participated in the October prayer emphasis has steadily increased in the past several years. Numerous individuals have expressed to me how much they have benefited from reading these devotionals and the impact it has made in their lives. I hope you will consider participating this year as an individual, a family, a small group or an entire church body. 

There are several ways that you can participate in the prayer emphasis. You may download a free copy of the prayer guide by visiting prayfor30days.org. Printed copies of the prayer guide are also available for $2 each by visiting our online store at store.ncbaptist.org. One copy of the prayer guide has been mailed to every N.C. Baptist church.

You may also sign up to receive devotionals by email and prayer prompts via text messaging on a daily basis throughout October. To sign up for daily emails, visit prayfor30days.org. To receive daily prayer prompts through text messaging, text the phrase Pray30Days to 313131.

My hope is that we will individually and collectively be burdened to pray with fervency and feel compelled to wait before the Lord, listen to the impressions of His Holy Spirit and experience His life changing presence working within us during this upcoming prayer emphasis. I challenge you and me to be open to the prompting of God’s Spirit and obedient in the ways He will lead us to reach our children, our grandchildren, our friends and acquaintances for Christ.

Learn more about about this year’s prayer emphasis and ways that you can be involved by visiting prayfor30days.org.

“Therefore, I exhort first all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men.” — 1 Timothy 2:1 (NKJV)


by Milton A. Hollifield Jr.  
/  Executive Director-Treasurer  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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