“It was the rarest of privileges…
‘Every day, my children, I will meet you here,’ the Creator said. ‘We’ll walk and talk together. There is nothing I will not tell you; nothing I will not provide for you.’
…The richest moments of the day—the hours that filled their hearts until they felt they would burst in their chests—happened in the cool of the day when they would walk together with the Majestic One.
…These daily conversations breathed life into their souls.
…Everything they needed; every moment of each day was provided through their union with Him.
…After the Enemy’s deception and their unbelief, the conversations radically changed.
…Their greatest loss was their lack of communion with Him.
But God’s plan was not thwarted by Satan’s work and man’s sin. A promised One would come. …He would make a way for all to come into the Father’s presence and know Him once again. To walk with Him; to hear His voice; to regain what once was lost.
This glorious walk with God is now open for us with all its riches.
…For all who long for Him, He invites us now to come.
And the doorway through which we enter is simply prayer.”
—Excerpts from Simply Prayer: Joining God for the Rest of Your Life by Bill Elliff
The privilege of prayer was purchased for every follower of Jesus by His death, burial, and resurrection. His invitation still stands. Challenge ’21 is a challenge for Ohio Baptists to pray 21 minutes more daily in 2021. If you are not daily praying, 21 minutes is a great place to start. If you are already praying, consider adding 21 more minutes a day.
National and state leaders declare a “state of emergency” when the threat is imminent. Is it time we declare a “state of spiritual emergency?” Leaders throughout the ages have called followers of Jesus to “extraordinary” prayer. Desperate times call for desperate prayer. Twenty-one more minutes a day may not be extraordinary, but it is a step in the right direction. It is a step toward the goal that the time and intensity of our prayer life increase each year.
“Prayer is warfare. It is a fiercely contested conflict. The enemy yields only what he must. He yields only what is taken. Therefore, the ground must be taken step by step. Prayer must be definite. He yields only when he must. Therefore, prayer must be persistent. He continually renews his attacks; therefore, the ground must be held against him in the Savior’s name.” —S.D. Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer
Watch scbo.org/pray for more information and resources for Challenge ’21: Praying 21 minutes more daily in 2021. We will invite you to say, “count me in!” for 21 more minutes of prayer every day in 2021.
For all who long for Him, He invites us now to come.
And the doorway through which we enter is simply prayer.
See Prayer Power Quotes compiled by Daniel Henderson below.
Simply Prayer: Joining God for the Rest of Your Life
by Bill Elliff
"A wonderful goal would be to see our prayer life increase in its time and intensity every year."