When Ronnie Floyd was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention last summer, it was a natural extension of his life’s ministry, having spent years leading by example at the local church level and in numerous denominational roles.
As SBC president, Floyd has exhorted Southern Baptists to plead with the Lord for spiritual awakening and for His empowering to fulfill the Great Commission. He also encourages churches to support the convention’s Cooperative Program for missions and ministry, leading his church to give more each year.
SBCLIFE, the journal of the SBC Executive Committee, interviewed Floyd about the passions that mark his life:
SBCLIFE: Can you recount how and why you have made prayer such a priority in your life?
RONNIE FLOYD: Ever since I came to Christ, having a time with God has been very important to me. In the early 1980s, as I approached seminary graduation, W.A. Criswell preached a sermon at a Texas Baptist Evangelism Conference encouraging us to give our mornings to God. So I began to do that.
In the 1990s, I committed myself to a 40-day period of prayer and fasting with God. It changed my life. My book, “The Power of Prayer and Fasting,” is the record of that change.
I’ve gotten up earlier and earlier and earlier throughout my ministry, so I take prayer and being with God very, very seriously.
In my recent eBook, “Pleading with Southern Baptists,” I’ve tried to call the convention to come together in clear agreement, visible union and extraordinary prayer for the next great awakening and to reach the world for Christ.
SBCLIFE: What drives you to have such urgency about spiritual awakening?
FLOYD: Spiritual awakening has been big on my heart for many, many years, probably since the mid-’90s as a result of the time of fasting that God took me on. I shared that vision for a mighty revival and spiritual awakening at the Southern Baptist Convention when I preached the convention sermon in 1996 in the Superdome in New Orleans, La.
The following year, I spoke to 1.3 million men at a Promise Keepers rally in Washington, D.C., about how much America needs to wake up.
Everything I’m doing as president now is not something I’m trying to become. It’s something that I’m very committed to and one of the things I’ve been committed to for many, many years.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press