Prayer and Spiritual Awakening
Pray for your State Missionaries – June 2017
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Jenni joined the state missions staff in 2013 and serves in Adult Groups and Faith Development. She assists church preschool and children’s ministries in the following areas: conference leader enlistment, minister networking, ministry policies and procedures, and safety and security issues. She also provides VBS strategies and training and VBS multiplier enlistment assistance, as well as assistance with church weekday education issues and resources. Please pray for Jenni and the valuable resources she provides to church preschool and children’s ministries.
Ricky is the state missionary in Community Missions and Disaster Response and has served for 15 years in this capacity. He is responsible for Church and Community Ministries, which includes 18 Baptist ministry centers across the state, prison evangelism and ministry, alcohol and drug addiction recovery at Penfield Christian Home and HEART Ministry, and the SBC World Hunger Fund. He also ministers through the GBMB Chaplaincy program, assisting over 200 Georgia Baptist chaplains who serve in the military, hospitals, prisons, institutions, and industry. Finally, he oversees Student Summer Missionaries who work in mission projects for 10 weeks during the summer. Ricky requests prayer for the summer missionaries as they prepare to serve throughout our state.
Having joined the Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff in October, 2012, Larry now serves as Vice President of Church Revitalization and Evangelism. He and the staff work to establish mentoring networks among Georgia churches for the purpose of strengthening and encouraging church vitality. Healthy, vibrant churches have incredible potential and power to transform lives, impact communities, and reduce lostness in Georgia and beyond. Prior to joining our staff, Larry served as Vice President for Evangelization and Leadership Development at the North American Mission Board. He also served as Senior Pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Georgia for 33 years. In his three decades at Hebron Baptist, Larry and the church recorded more than 10,000 baptisms. Please pray for Larry as he works to strengthen our churches.
Bill has served for 21 years as the director of the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa. This picturesque retreat and conference center is surrounded by Lake Louise, and can host groups of up to 1,000 guests in its hotels, lodge, and cabins. The center also offers a 1,000- seat auditorium, a 300-seat chapel, 42 conference rooms, and a dining hall. A campground is available with 22 lakeside campsites and a waterfront covered, open air theater. Camp Tugalo, a lakeside children’s camp, sleeps 80 and has its own dining hall and completely equipped kitchen. Churches and associations find Camp Tugalo to be the perfect location for their children’s camps. Bill’s birthday falls when summer camps are in full session at the center. His prayer during this exciting time is that many children’s hearts will be receptive to the great love God has for each of them, that they will come to know who Jesus is, and give their all to Him by becoming a part of His kingdom. Please pray that Satan will be bound from the grounds all summer, especially in June. Also, pray for the team members at Toccoa who put in long days, but do it all for the glory and honor of the one and only God!
Mike has served for 16 years in the Georgia Baptist Men’s Ministry. He coordinates the Royal Ambassador and Challengers ministries. He also serves as the Camp Director of Camp Kaleo, a Georgia Baptist camp in Forsyth, Georgia that is also open year round as a retreat center for our Georgia Baptist churches, as well as other groups. Camp Kaleo provides a summer resident camp program in a Christian atmosphere for boys, grades 1 through 12 of all denominations. Opportunities for exploration, challenge, and adventures are offered through a well-trained staff within the safe confines of a resident program. Mike requests prayer for the Kaleo staff and himself as they provide a life-changing camp environment for Summer Day Camp, church groups and Royal Ambassadors. Pray that men and boys will be drawn to Camp Kaleo this summer, and that God will speak to the hearts of men and boys as the staff directs them to seek God with all their hearts. Also, please pray for those who will serve on the camp faculty as camp pastors, missionaries and nurses.
Bobby has been on the state missions staff since 1983, and serves as Assistant Executive Director. He is charged with overseeing the work of all ministries of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Each ministry is available to the churches of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Please feel free to contact the appropriate ministry for assistance to your church. This assistance is made possible through the Cooperative Program and Mission Georgia Offerings. On his birthday, Bobby asks that Georgia Baptists pray for the State Missionaries of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board as they travel the state ministering in churches and associations. Pray for events this summer that involve children and youth – Camp Pinnacle, Camp Kaleo, Super WOW, Music Camps, children’s and youth events at the conference center in Toccoa, student summer missionaries and the International Youth Camps.
Jerry has served state missions for 32 years, and is senior campus minister for Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Georgia Southern University. With over 20,000 students, the fields “are white unto harvest.” Jerry shares the following requests during his birthday month: “Pray for continued positive Kingdom repercussions from our Spring Mission teams; these trips were life changing. Pray that students won’t ‘get over it’ as they go back to their everyday lives. Pray also for the BCM team leaders at Georgia Southern University as they prepare student leaders for the upcoming year of ministry. Pray that they will listen to Christ, move to impact the campus, and develop a lifestyle of discipleship and evangelism. Finally, pray for the freshmen coming to Georgia Southern and for the 50+ campuses across our state with BCM leaders preparing to welcome new students to their campuses with the love of Jesus Christ and the power of the gospel.”
Beth Ann Williams
Beth Ann began her service with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in 2007, as a Woman’s Missionary Union/Women’s Enrichment Ministry state missionary. She now directs the entire WMU/WEM ministry, which provides ways for adults, youth, children and preschoolers to understand God’s missionary purpose, cultivate missionary hearts, and express their missions commitment. WMU/WEM serves churches by providing resources, training, personal consultations, special events, missions involvement and networking opportunities. Beth Ann asks that we pray for the women of Georgia to deepen their relationship with Jesus and to be salt and light in the context of their families and communities.
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