Prayer and Spiritual Awakening
Pray for your State Missionaries – August 2017
Joe has served for 34 years as a state missionary in Collegiate Ministry. As leader in that department, he oversees campus ministries on 48 college campuses in Georgia. Through Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM’s), students learn just what it means to be Christ-followers – learning to be growing disciples, learning to share their faith with other collegians, and discovering who (and what) it is that God has called them to be (and do) with their lives. Joe asks that Georgia Baptists pray for all the collegians who are about to head back to school and for their families as they adjust to these same times of transition. Please pray for the Campus Ministers, interns and volunteers who are your state Missionaries on the colleges and universities in Georgia – truly a mission field in our midst.
Judy has served the Georgia Baptist Mission Board for 27 years in many areas, now as manager of Support Services. As such, she is responsible for maintenance and oversight of the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth. This includes the scheduling of conference and meeting facilities, switchboard, reception, mail services, facility security, building tours, food services and vehicle maintenance. On her special day, Judy asks for prayer that the Support Services staff would be a strong witness to all the vendors and contractors it encounters daily in the overall maintenance of the Missions and Ministry building. Her personal prayer is that we never forget who the building belongs to!
Ken Jones August 4 Ken has served as campus minister since 1982, and ministers to students at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega and at its Gainesville campus. He requests prayer for the Baptist Collegiate Ministries on these campuses as they seek to “disciple students in a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.” Ken believes that the natural outflow of discipling collegians is that they will “gain God’s heart for the nations.” “Missions is big with us… a responsibility… a privilege… and ‘a rite of passage’ through which students can ‘get over themselves’ and be involved in God’s global purpose.” Pray for the NGCSU BCM leadership team as each one will be leading a small group discipleship group in the fall. Pray for Ken as he begins a new year of ministry to and with college students.
Ricky joined the state missions staff in 2015 and serves in Student Groups and Faith Development, reaching our young people for Christ. This ministry area conducts several large conferences each year, including SuperWows at Jekyll Island, Fort Walton Beach, and the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, and the MOVE conference during the Christmas break. Please pray for Ricky and the Student Groups staff as they work to win and disciple youth for our Lord.
Keith also serves as campus minister to students attending the University of North Georgia. Please pray for Keith as he shares Christ and disciples students through Baptist Collegiate Ministry.
Tony has been on staff for 30 years as campus minister and now serves the campuses of Armstrong Atlantic State University and College of Coastal Georgia. He shares the following prayer requests with Georgia Baptists:
- For continued opportunities to partner with the churches in both the Savannah Baptist Association and the Southeast Baptist Association
- For the development of great relationships with both Christian and non-Christian college students, faculty and staff
- For BCM students to be totally committed to Christ and His mission for their lives
- For the ministry of the BCM to be completely dependent on the leadership of the Holy Spirit and to respond out of unfailing obedience to everything God wants us to do!
- For lives to be changed
Tony also wishes to praise God for:
- The students who accepted Christ this year
- Impact around the world through student summer missionaries
- Health and energy
- A new year of ministry!
David has served as a Georgia Baptist campus minister since 1996. He currently ministers to students at Georgia College and State University. David shares the following requests: “August is an extremely busy month in Collegiate Ministries. Pray that I will be able to effectively balance my time between family and BCM ministry. Pray that the BCM leadership teams will create a welcoming atmosphere at our large group gatherings where new students will feel loved and be encouraged in the truth. Pray that the BCM staff will model before the students a vibrant relationship with Christ and an urgency to share Him with those in need.”
As state missionary in the Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship ministry area, Buck serves to assist churches in missions education and in promoting missional giving based on an Acts 1:8 Strategy that will reach our Jerusalem, our Judea, our Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world. Praying for the Lord’s touch for Kingdom Generosity, CP Giving and Stewardship can assist local pastors in leading their congregations to adopt a missions mindset through intentional and faithful offerings to ministry and missions and becoming faithful stewards of everything God has provided (1 Cor. 4:2).
Tom has been on staff for 14 years, serving as state missionary in the Church Research Services area. This office helps local churches by offering demographic information for churches, as well as furnishing specialized mapping, surveys, and community studies. Tom also oversees the compilation and interpretation of the Annual Church Report (ACR’s). Please pray for safe travel for Tom as he consults with churches throughout the state.
After many years in the pastorate, Bryan began service with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in 2015. He serves as state missionary in Church Minister Relations. This ministry area partners with ministers, local churches, and associations in the training of deacons and search committees, assisting in conflict mediation, providing pastoral care, offering resume´ and interim services, conducting Ministers’ Wellness retreats, and offering opportunities for ministers’ wives. Please pray for Bryan as he fulfills this vital ministry to our churches.
Teresa has been a campus minister in Georgia since 1994, and ministers to students at Georgia State University. She asks that Georgia Baptists pray for the outreach efforts of the BCM student leaders as fall semester begins in August. Pray that the student leaders will have a passion for reaching their fellow students for Christ and that college students, American and international, will come to faith in Christ. Pray also for the ministry to develop passionate, genuine, and loving followers of Christ. Teresa expresses gratitude to everyone for their prayers.
Stephen joined the Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff in 2009 and serves as risk manager. His primary mission is to promote a safe working environment while continuing to pursue the organization’s core mission. Stephen works with insurers and the Risk Management Task Force to develop systems and policy that will help employees avoid injuries and health problems. His immediate focus and biggest prayer concern is identifying and evaluating workplace risk. Stephen also spent this past year working with mission board camps and conference centers on methods and procedures to keep campers and visitors safe. Please pray for Stephen as he works to make the organization a safe and healthy place of ministry.
Kevin has served in the Information Technology area since 1998, and now leads this ministry. He is currently involved in initiatives that will help Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff achieve relevant contact with churches through the efficient use of a new database system called iGO (GBC Online database system). Kevin asks Georgia Baptists to join him in praying that the Information Technology staff will be able to effectively help churches, associations, and mission board staff in their use of technology. Also pray that Georgia Baptists will find the best methods to reach every generation for Christ.
Charles serves as regional state missionary in the North Georgia region. He joined the state missions staff in 2005, after many years in the pastorate. He and two other regional missionaries provide local communication and information from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, as well as specialized service to churches and associations in all areas of the state. Charles requests prayer for pastors and associational missionaries in the North Georgia Region.
This Prayer ministry exists for the purpose of educating, encouraging, and establishing an emphasis in prayer that will bring glory to God and draw people to the Savior. Three words that define this ministry are Seeking, Surrendering, and Sharing. Our office is committed to assist God’s people in:
- Seeking God through prayer
- Surrendering to God’s will through prayer
- Sharing God with a lost world through prayer
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God’s Power and Love
A special phenomenon has unfolded in recent years! “Prayer walking” – a concept defined as “praying on site with insight” – has found its way into the lives of many Christians.
Prayer Walking Is…
Praying while Walking. It may be as simple as praying while walking for exercise, or it may include an organized effort to saturate a city or neighborhood with prayer. It may be as simple as praying for the needs of people, or it may be used to target areas that need an evangelistic witness.
Intentional Praying. It is setting aside a time to walk in order to pray. It is deliberate intercession for others.
Praying with Vision. Walking through areas enables a Christian to visualize what God wants to do in the lives of the people who live or work there. Seeing enhances our praying.
Involvement in Spiritual Warfare. People without Jesus as their Savior are being held by Satan and need to be set free. PRAYER WALKING is offensive praying to attack these strongholds bombarding them with spiritual power through prayer.
NOT an End in Itself. Evangelistic PRAYER WALKING is preparation for evangelistic witnessing. This witness may come as a part of an organized effort or it may come as an encounter during a prayer walk.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:14
The Gulf War of 1991 was ended quickly when the ground forces marched on Iraq. One of the reasons for success was the previous strategic bombing of enemy strongholds by the United Nations Air Forces. The use of air power was preparation for the ground attack.
PRAYER WALKING can spiritually bombard Satanic strongholds in cities, neighborhoods and families prior to an attempt to share the Gospel with everyone.
PRAYER WALKING allows us to see the needs and the lost condition of our neighborhoods and cities. It helps us focus our prayers on the needs and the spiritual bondage and blindness of people without Jesus.
“Likewise the Spirit also helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us…” Romans 8:26
- Select a date and time, and place them on the church calendar. Evangelistic PRAYER WALKING is planned times of intercession.
- Map out the area to be “walked.” Assign teams of two, preferably, but not more than three.
- Meet together as a group before PRAYER WALKING to pray, share Scripture and information about the area to be walked.
- Pray for Holy Spirit power and wisdom and for control of all that is done.
- Agree on the time to return and report results.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
- Be alert as you walk, keep your eyes open and be observant. Ask God to let you see through His eyes.
- Pray aloud. Verbalizing your prayers helps focus on the object of prayer.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to lead your prayer. Pray for what you see and what you don’t see – the people behind the doors of homes.
- Pray together. Take turns praying short prayers about a certain subject or area of focus.
- Walk slowly to allow time to observe.
- Claim God’s love and compassion for the people and ask God to remove their spiritual blinders and tear down all barriers that hinder belief in Jesus.
- Be alert to how the Holy Spirit may be leading. Sometimes it may be to speak to someone along the way.
- Watch for open doors to witness.
- Be alert for opportunities to pray for spiritual and other needs.
Prayer Walking May Also Include:
- Walking alone and not as part of an organized effort. Anytime and anywhere you are walking, you should be praying.
- Walking as families. Talk about it in advance and plan a short easy route for small children.
- Walking through your work area. An office manager arrived early each Monday and prayed at every desk.
- Walking at school. Students may walk around their school and pray or walk the halls praying at classroom doors.
- Walking through a neighborhood and talking to God about the people who live there.
- Walking in or near places which are obvious strongholds of Satan, such as places where drug dealers hang out.
Prayer Walking Results
“…our God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” Ephesians 3:20
Prayer walkers invariably report that praying “on site with insight” causes them to see persons and conditions with their hearts. The Holy Spirit creates within them a new dimension of sensitivity, love and prayer burden for the people and the area. Of even greater importance, prayer walking places the Christian in partnership with God in carrying out His plan of releasing His power in response to the prayers of His people.
Reprinted: Through Every Door with Prayer
Prayer for Spiritual Awakening Department, Florida Baptist Convention
from: Prayer walking by Steve Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick
and Prayer walking -Praying On Site With Insight by Minette Drumwright