Challenge 21

Challenge ’21 Prayer Initiative

Pastor Reginald Hayes, 2021 SCBO President, has called Ohio Baptists to “Pray Until God Does Great Exploits Through Us!” in 2021. The challenge comes from Daniel 11:32 “...the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

"A wonderful goal would be to see our prayer life increase in its time and intensity every year." —Bill Elliff

Challenge ’21 encourages 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?” Some leaders are saying “we are presiding over the greatest decline of Christianity in history.” 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 increasing the time and intensity of our prayer life this year.

The Denominee Future Team identified as our first strategic input “prioritizing prayer” and our first measure asking God boldly,” as we “amplify leaders to accelerate Gospel impact.” Our value statement includes prayer:

We value Vital relationships among Impassioned church leaders who prayerfully implement Spirit-led strategies that impact and involve the Diversity of people in Ohio with the Gospel of Christ.

Challenge ’21 will support our vision, values, and strategy.

“While we all pray for the fruits of revival, our real commitment must be to grow the roots of revival. There are no fruits without roots. The root system of revival: praying people, supporting praying pastors, who lead praying churches, for supernatural Gospel impact.”

Daniel Henderson

Ohio Baptists are invited to sign up and say, “Count me in!” If you have not signed up yet, please go HERE and say, “Count me in!” If you are signed up, you’ll get a weekly email with encouragement to pray.

Below are the Prayer strategies we have planned for 2021.
Subject to change

AWAKEN: 21-Day Prayer Guide by Claude King. A pdf download is available with permission to print for use in the church, HERE. Those registered will get an email each day with Scriptures and prayer prompts for that day. You are invited to join with Ohio Baptists in a 21-day Daniel fast as we seek His face. We also will be asking for testimonies to share that will encourage others to pray.

This plan will start March 1st. Sign up today and you will receive daily emails March 1-21, 2021. 
Miss the start date? Sign up today to start this plan now!

Encourage and equip associational and regional corporate prayer gatherings. The goal would be to have a corporate prayer gathering each day May 13-23 somewhere in Ohio and everyone in Ohio have access to a prayer gathering within a 90-minute drive.

Pray Cincinnati May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Churches in the greater Cincinnati area will be gathering together for a city-wide revival prayer meeting at Landmark Church. Pastor Reginald Hayes, SCBO President will speak along with others. Jeremy Fryer, Pathfinders Evangelism, Tony Harris, pastor Highland Baptist, and Jamie Trascritti, CABA prayer leader will join host pastor Matt Holman on the program. Click here for more information.

2021 Theme: Lord Pour Out Your Love, Life, and Liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. The current National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every year, millions of Americans, in tens of thousands of meetings across all 50 states, come together for unified public prayer for America. The National Day of Prayer Task Force each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States of America.

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This Southern Baptist Convention-wide initiative will be observed on June 6, 2021. It is a call for Southern Baptists to increase their awareness of and pray fervently for the global persecuted church.

Join pastors and church leaders in daily prayer and scripture reading.

More details coming soon!

Join pastors and church leaders in daily prayer and scripture reading.

More details coming soon!

We cannot know what prayer is for until we know that life is war. Life is war. That's not all it is. But it is certainly that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den. God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everything we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world.

John Piper
Resource Group: 
Bible Teaching-Leadership