In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, prayer is still the overarching theme for the continued ministry of church leaders to their communities.
Several state Baptist conventions held online prayer gatherings this week. Those and more are making future plans to continue to engage in persistent, specific, group prayer.
"We believe fundamentally that we are a people of prayer," said Willie McLaurin, vice president for great commission relations and mobilization at the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. "There's something special about the Spirit of God that unifies people who have a common purpose and a common passion, gathering together."
McLaurin said it is now the new normal, going forward to utilize creative and innovative ways to lift high the power of prayer....
â€śHappiness does not depend on outward circumstances, but on the state of the heart.â€ť â€• J.C. Ryle, A Call to Prayer
â€śPraying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer.â€ť â€• J.C. Ryle,
â€śFaith is to the soul what life is to the body. Prayer is to faith what breath is to life. How a man can live and not breathe is past my comprehension, and how a man can believe and not pray is past my comprehension too.â€ť â€• Ryle J.C.
"No man can progress in grace if he forsakes prayer." C H Spurgeon.
"He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has heaven and earth at his disposal." CHS
"Prayer itself is an art which only the Holy Ghost can teach us. He is the giver of all prayer. Pray for prayer- pray till you can pray." CHS
"A Mighty piece of weaponry in the battle of prayer is Godâ€™s promise." CHS
"Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. True prayer is the trading of the heart with God." CHS
"Sometimes when we do not receive comfort in our prayers, when we are broken and cast down, that is when we are really wrestling and prevailing in prayer." CHS