Praying with Joyful Hearts

For several weeks, many Alabama Baptists have been gathering for an online Call to Prayer, each Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Next Wednesday, April 22, our online prayer time will focus on praying specifically about joy. I’m reminded of one of the shortest verses in Scripture, 1 Thessalonians 5:16, which says, “Rejoice always.”

For some, the word “rejoicing” may sound like Christians are to be on a spiritual high all the time. But it actually means that we have joy in our hearts, transcending circumstances.

The focus next Wednesday will be a prayer for each one of us as believers to maintain a joyful spirit during this unusual, challenging time.

All members of our state convention family are invited to participate — pastors, church staff, associational missionaries and any Alabama Baptist church member with a heart for prayer.

Now as always and now more than ever, prayer is vitally important. Please consider joining us next Wednesday as we pray for joy, with joy, to our Lord during the online Call to Prayer.

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Any requests for Rick Lance to speak in or visit your church should be directed to Billie Davis at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 253 or (334) 613-2253, [email protected]

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