SBC President Ronnie Floyd Urges Southern Baptists to Return to ‘Haystack’ of Fervent Prayer

Ronnie Floyd Photo by Morris Abernathy
Ronnie Floyd
Photo by Morris Abernathy

Southern Baptists must conduct ministry in fervent prayer and repent from a “sophistication and pride” that prevent us from relying on God”s power, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd told the SBC Executive Committee at its Sept. 21 meeting in Nashville.

Using the imagery of the historic 1806 Haystack Prayer Meeting of Samuel Mills and four Williams College classmates in Williamstown, Mass., Floyd called Southern Baptists to return to the haystack of fervent prayer that anticipates a supernatural move of God. The five students had gone to an open field to discuss the urgency of reaching the nations with the Gospel when a sudden rainstorm drove them to find shelter under a haystack in the field.

“We need to stop being so content doing ministry without moments under the haystack,” he said during his presidential address. “We must return to the haystack, calling out to God extraordinarily, experiencing Him supernaturally, and exploding with a robust vision and commitment to advance the Gospel exponentially everywhere.”

He told Southern Baptists to repent from a reliance on self and to renew a belief in God’s power.

“It has always been a mystery to me how Baptists believe in the supernatural, miraculous experience of personal conversion; but after this occurs, we operate in our own power and knowledge naturally,” he said. “I call upon every Southern Baptist tonight, including our entity leaders, state convention leaders, pastors, church leaders and our laypeople to renew our belief and commitment to the power of God.

“It is past time that we repent from our sophistication and pride and get back under the haystack,” he said to some 200 national, state and entity leaders, pastors, employees and their family members in attendance. “It is past time that we live and lead empowered by the almighty power of the Living God!”

Floyd repeated the words of Mills who reportedly said “We can do this, if we will” during the 1806 haystack prayer meeting.

“This reminds me of the words written in Acts 4:31, ‘When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness,'” Floyd said. “Prayer, the power of God, evangelism, and missions all go together. We need to get ourselves back under the haystack.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler

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