Southern Baptists recently gathered for prayer at the First Baptist Church in Ferguson, Missouri as the nation awaits the grand jury decision in regards to the Michael Brown shooting Aug. 9.
The jury is deliberating whether or not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Wilson shot and killed Brown, an unarmed black18-year-old male.
The Baptist Press reports the North American Mission Board’s Gary Frost and Arkansas pastor Bill Elliff led the prayer summit.
"You know all the stuff that has been going on in North County St. Louis," Jim Breeden, director of missions for St. Louis Metro Baptist Association, said during the Nov. 13 prayer summit. "We need and will take all the prayers we can get. But it's not really about North County or about race relations; it's really about God's people humbling themselves and coming before the Lord."
Participants prayed for repentance, the Ferguson community and beyond as well as pastors in the greater St. Louis area.
There are people poised for destruction and hoping all literal hell breaks loose," Frost told the Baptist Press. "That's the atmosphere we're dealing with. But it's not a matter of policing.
"Only God can heal and thwart the tactics of the enemy." Frost said, referring to Satan. "We need to pray that God would thwart the plans of all the agendas that have shown up here for the purposes of advancing any person and not the glory of God."