By Allen Palmeri
JEFFERSON CITY—Bob Loggins, prayer and spiritual awakening specialist for the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), is sending out an alert on the “Pray 365: Code Red” frequency.
“It is an awareness of the presence of God, and the more you practice it, the more aware you become of it,” Loggins said.
The number 365 refers to the days of the year. Loggins is promoting an ongoing, unbroken relationship with God—not perfection, but practicing His presence. The second part ought to be apparent, Loggins said.
“Code Red is urgency,” he said. “The condition of our world today, and the condition of our community today, is so urgent. We look at the economic factors. We look at the moral factors. We look at the things around us. If we don’t have people who are committed to turn their lives over to God in prayer in this condition … this is an urgent time, Code Red.”
The “Pray 365: Code Red” idea is needed, Loggins said, because “we need something to keep us from fighting and bickering and arguing.” The details have yet to be worked out, but the concept is firm and the destination is sure.
“It may end up being a workshop, but it’s got to be a place where people can say, ‘Yes, I want to do this,’” Loggins said. “And then they’re commissioned, like a missionary.”
He noted that this is an extension of the prayer teaching he has been imparting through eight MBC Prayer Summits this year. A final one is scheduled for First Baptist Church, Kennett, Nov. 30, and “the goal would be to make it a lifestyle” heading on into 2011.
That would resemble a type of prayer worldview that would change behavior, words, relationships, stewardship, missions and marriages. Again, it would not be perfection, but it would be prayer without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17).
Loggins sees the MBC annual meeting time in Springfield as an opportunity to cultivate this mindset. On Oct. 24, he will lead a Solemn Assembly from 6-8 p.m. in the Colorado Room of the University Plaza Hotel. Throughout the Oct. 25-27 gathering he will be interested in what takes place in the hospitality room where the prayer room is located.
It all points toward a “Pray 365: Code Red” type of covenant that would identify a group of intercessors who would be qualified to lead out in this way.
“It might be to the point where we may even say, ‘Would you be willing to publish your name in The Pathway as a person who’s committed to Pray 365?’” Loggins said. “Now that would be powerful.”