LITTLE ROCK – Since being organized as part of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s (ABSC) Prayer, Revival and Spiritual Awakening Task Force, the ABSC Senior Adult Prayer Force has seen an influx in participants, seniors who are passionate about working hard to bring about revival and spiritual awakening in America and around the world.
Don Moore, former ABSC executive director, recently joined the ABSC executive and administrative team as a contract worker in order to better facilitate the mobilization of these Arkansas Baptist seniors.
Over the past three months, nine church and associational meetings have resulted in 440 Arkansas Baptist seniors making commitments in writing to pray daily for themselves, their pastors and their churches to experience revival.
“Senior adults are grasping the seriousness of the hour and committing to pray daily for revival and awakening. Nine church or associational groups have addressed this matter with a special emphasis,” said Moore.
“The seniors involved have been specifically challenged to pray weekly with another person or persons about this matter,” he said. “On a monthly basis they have been asked to pray with someone outside their fellowship for God to send revival and awakening to our land.”
Moore emphasized that senior adults are wellaware of the crises faced by the nation and by churches.
“As secular and anti-Christian forces wield a wider influence with most of our evangelical churches declining, they realize that ‘church as usual’ will not stop the bleeding in the Body of Christ,” said Moore.
“The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of these people are becoming victims of the godless culture that surrounds them. … Aware that seven out of 10 young people 18-29 years of age who have been reached by the church leave during this age span, they realize the options for reclaiming them are limited.”
Moore added, “The hope is not in another adjustment to worship styles, slick programming, hyperactive ministries or dynamic personalities paraded before them. Such efforts have largely failed in the past.”
Moore said the options are clear.
“Only a supernatural movement of God can save the day for the nation and for our churches. Such events in the past have been called ‘revival’ and ‘awakening.’ Before every great awakening, God has prompted a group of people to persevere in prayer until the heavens open with showers of blessing. When Israel cried out to God, the Bible says, ‘He heard their cry and came down to deliver them,’ said Moore, referencing Exodus 3:7-8.
“Senior adults are crying out to God for Him to come down,” said Moore, going on to quote Isaiah 64:1 (NIV), which says, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!”
A Senior Adult Prayer Gathering will be held at Hot Springs Baptist Church, Hot Springs, Oct. 9-10. Space will be limited, and reservations are required, said Moore.