Join us for the Heartland Prayer Summit
A personal invitation from Jim Wells, team leader, Strategic Partnerships, Missouri Baptist Convention.
Pastors and church leaders, please accept my personal invitation to our second Heartland Prayer Summit Nov. 13 at First Baptist Church in Ferguson, MO. Our facilitators are Bill Elliff, OneCry leader and pastor of Summit Church in Little Rock, Ark.; and Gary Frost, regional vice president of the Midwest, North American Mission Board. We are gathering from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Included is a light lunch.
There is no cost for the event other than to arrive with an anxious heart to call out to the Lord. We do need you to register. I believe our nation faces a desperate loss of divine purpose, and desperate times call for extraordinary measures by men of God. I want to ask every pastor of every sized congregation to consider the priority of such a meeting. Is it God’s desire to ignite a sweeping revival in the heartland?
In the classic Lord of the Rings, we are reminded that we are small, fallen creatures entrusted with an impossible task to rescue people from unimaginable evil. Like a dark cloud pouring out onto the landscape of our culture, the enemy advances in the courts, the city halls, the educational institutions, the media, our homes, and our relationships. He is constantly organizing to steal, kill and destroy.
When darkness envelopes the people we love and the people in ministry and their families, we may sometimes be like the discouraged Frodo and whimper, “I wish the Ring had never come to me.” But Gandalf the Christ-figure says, “So do all who live to see such times; but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world.”
Other forces indeed! The primary force is the people of God who understand 2 Cor. 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” In our weakness, our mighty God wants to reveal His glory through His people who humble themselves, repent and call upon Him.
As I listen to church leaders from every corner of our state, my heart rejoices and simultaneously grieves. God’s Word tells us that our difficulties are God’s opportunities. Instead of throwing up our hands in defeat, the redeemed need to call upon the Lord with uncommon humility and extraordinary faith.
I know we can call on the Lord any time and any place. However, our mighty God often responds most powerfully when His people gather together to petition Him.
Remember, I need you to register so that we know how to prepare for lunch. Come and call upon the Lord. This is our time to be the men and women of God who convene with other men and women to seek the Lord. If you need assistance contact Betty Benz Pulliam at 573.636.0400 ext. 302.