Resolution on Prayer

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BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.5

Since the wrong we have committed only God can correct; since the peace and universal brotherhood we seek and long for, only God can bring; since the unity we desire, only God can bring it to pass; since every commission that has reported acknowledges that prayer is the key and the solution of the problems in its area and that at home and abroad souls are hungry for a better understanding of each other and a close walk with God, regardless of race, color, social, economic or cultural level;

Since the church feels more and more a deep responsibility for developing closer fellowship among people over the world who have accepted Jesus Christ as both Savior and the Lord, and believe it the divine obligation to do the same;

Since we face a dreadfully uncertain tomorrow; and men are eagerly looking in every direction for a word of cheer, hope, advice and comradeship;

Since we especially are painfully aware of the sufferings, the sorrows, and the devastating conditions, in which the people of Korea and soldiers from many different lands at present find themselves,

Since prayer is the means that God has given man to have direct communication with him:

Be it resolved:

That the Eighth Baptist World Congress will ratify its faith in the effectiveness of prayer in human and divine relationship,

(a) By expressing its joy that so many Baptist churches take a regular part in the Universal Week of Prayer and in the World Day of Prayer.

(b) By commending to all Baptists the necessity of making use of our privilege and duty of prayer regularly in these fateful days.


Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Eighth Baptist World Congress, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., July 22-27, 1950 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1951), pp. 341-342.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.5 Resolution on Prayer;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1950.5).

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