First Baptist Church Holds Prayer Summit Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

In Ferguson, Mo., Bill Elliff (with hand raised) and Gary Frost (at left, beside Elliff) lead a prayer summit at First Baptist Church Photo by Mark Snowden/Pathway
In Ferguson, Mo., Bill Elliff (with hand raised) and Gary Frost (at left, beside Elliff) lead a prayer summit at First Baptist Church
Photo by Mark Snowden/Pathway

As rumors of potential grand jury action swirled across Ferguson, Mo., a hundred Baptists met for a prayer summit at First Baptist Church to pray for the community, the state and the nation.

The prayer summit was led by the North American Mission Board’s Gary Frost and Arkansas pastor Bill Elliff.

Frost and Elliff led the group in a time of repentance, worship and intercession for themselves and for revival in their churches, their communities and beyond. They also prayed specifically for pastors in the St. Louis area, the focus of national attention in anticipation of a grand jury decision whether to indict a white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old Aug. 9. In the days after the shooting, Ferguson made international headlines with protests, rioting and the police response amid cries of racism.
“You know all the stuff that has been going on in North County St. Louis,” Jim Breeden, director of missions for St. Louis Metro Baptist Association, told the Nov. 13 prayer summit. “We need and will take all the prayers we can get. But it’s not really about North County or about race relations; it’s really about God’s people humbling themselves and coming before the Lord.”

In turning the prayer summit’s focus toward the church’s need for revival, Elliff said revival is “the extraordinary work of the Spirit of God among His people that produces extraordinary results.”

“God is moving all the time, but in revival there are these moments when God chooses to rend the heavens and bring His Kingdom in a church, a nation and a life,” Elliff said. “But our faith is weak and our prayer is small. We can’t fathom what it would be like for God to bring real revival.

“But God has done that and He can do it again. Prayer is the foundation of revival.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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