Good Friday: Praying for end to the pandemic

Thursday, April 9, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

technology and the BibleTomorrow is Good Friday – and in these unusual times, the Southern Baptist Convention is calling for a special time of prayer.

The SBC's Good Friday "Online Prayer Gathering," which starts at noon (Central time), is accessible at SBC.net/pray or on the SBC Executive Committee Facebook page. Executive Committee president and CEO Dr. Ronnie Floyd will lead the gathering.

"We're in a season where we need prayer more than ever before," Floyd tells OneNewsNow. "So we are calling the 47,500 churches of the SBC, their pastors, as well as leaders of our national entities on an online prayer gathering to just really spend time before the Lord and to really seek the Lord."

Southern Baptist leaders will also be on the live broadcast, including SBC president J.D. Greear, Pastor Steve Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church (Cordova, TN), and Paul Chitwood, president of the SBC International Mission Board.

Floyd

Floyd says the battle against the coronavirus will get a lot of prayer. "I believe we need divine intervention," he says. "I believe we need a miraculous moving of the Lord to enter in and to put an end to the coronavirus global pandemic."

But he will also be lifting up American and world leaders, SBC missionaries, and churches. "We think that this is a major moment in the world," Floyd continues. "And while none of us would choose to be where we are, there has never been a greater opportunity."

An extra effort to encourage pastors will be part of the event as well. "One of my real concerns over the next two to three to four weeks following Easter [is] the mental health of our pastors," Floyd concludes. "This is a tough thing."

Late last month, the SBC announced it was canceling its annual meeting over concerns with the coronavirus outbreak. It had been more than seven decades since the denomination had done that.

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