Former SBC President Ronnie Floyd Named New National Day of Prayer President

Immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has been appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the organization announced today (Aug. 22).

Floyd, who will continue to serve as pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post announcing his latest ministry assignment, “In this desperate and urgent hour when turmoil and division is evident in America and security threats are being made against America, it is imperative that we do all we can right now to mobilize unified public prayer for America.

“America’s greatest need today is to experience the next Great Spiritual Awakening,” Floyd wrote. “We know that no great movement of God ever occurs that is not preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.”

As National Day of Prayer president, Floyd will oversee mobilization of individuals, churches, denominations and organizations to participate in ongoing prayer for America, culminating in the annual National Day of Prayer emphasis in May, according to a news release sent on behalf of Floyd.

Congress established National Day of Prayer in 1952, and a 1988 law designated the first Thursday in May as a national day of prayer. In 2017, some 2 million people participated in more than 30,000 events in all 50 states, the release stated.

National Day of Prayer board chairman David Butts called Floyd “a leader with unique calling.”

“As we step into a new phase of carrying this mission and legacy,” Butts said according to the release, “I believe we couldn’t have found a man more passionate or dedicated to prayer and spiritual awakening than Ronnie Floyd. Throughout his life, he has demonstrated he is a leader with a unique calling to lead others to unify together to pray for our nation and the need of spiritual awakening. America is blessed to have him as the new president of the National Day of Prayer.”

A post on the National Day of Prayer Task Force’s website stated the Colorado-based ministry experienced “a period of transition” leading up to Floyd’s appointment and that he will “build on [the] legacy” of National Day of Prayer leaders like Vonette Bright, Shirley Dobson and Anne Graham Lotz.

Among Southern Baptists to release statements on Floyd’s appointment:

— SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page said, “I’m very excited to hear about this announcement. Everyone who knows Ronnie Floyd knows his heart for prayer and spiritual awakening. We are so proud of him to be called to this new task. It is a good day for America, for evangelicals and for Southern Baptists! We are in desperate need of prayer and Ronnie Floyd is the obvious choice to lead this massive effort.”

— Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, “Ronnie Floyd is a dear friend and brother who is perfect for this assignment. He is known for his passion for personal prayer, and I know he will bring that same passion to this annual prayer event. This is good news!”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press – David Roach