Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Seven Specific Prayers

By on March 4, 2011

Over the last few weeks, many of our friends have asked how they could pray for us in a specific fashion. You cannot imagine how such a request blesses our heart, especially since all things come by prayer. So I thought it might help to share with you seven specific prayers we pray each day. Thanks, so much, for praying with us.

1. That we would live with a constant, looming awareness of the presence of the Lord, and that we are His ambassadors. Paul reminds us that, “we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). Ambassadors should operate with a constant awareness of the one whom they represent. But that awareness also gives them a remarkable confidence as they follow his bidding.

2. That we would seek a pure heart. David, the Shepherd-King, reminds us that it is the pure-hearted who ascend to the hill of the Lord and stand in His holy place (Psalm 24: 3-4). We don’t want any hooks on the walls of our heart upon which Satan can hang keys to dark closets.

3. That we would be filled with the Spirit of God. Spiritual “fulness” is more than a command (Ephesians 5:18), it is a necessity for accomplishing God’s work, God’s way. Spiritual fulness indicates more than the presence of the Lord. It indicates a constant internal pressure to release the Life of Christ.

4. That we would express both the gifts and the graces that come with the fulness of God’s Spirit. Paul writes of the gifts of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. And Isaiah writes of the graces attending the life of Christ in Isaiah 2. Both are needed if we are to enjoy all God has for us, and remain effective in His service.

5. That we would never knowingly give the Adversary some opportunity to mock our Lord. Satan constantly looks for opportunities to demean the Lord in the eyes of others. It is our desire never to be found in cooperation with his devious plans.

6. That God would protect our family, spiritually, morally, physically, and mentally. Anyone who serves the Lord is aware of the constant attacks launched by the Adversary. Sometimes the attacks are directly against us, but other times we can become distracted by the attacks launched against those we love. We seek to live under God’s authority, and under His wings of protection (Psalm 91).

7. That we would remain true to the vision God has painted on the walls of our hearts. Where there is no vision, no revelation from God, people operate without restraint (Proverbs 29:18). Without a vision as your compass, life can become an endless series of meaningless wanderings. God has painted a great vision on the walls of our hearts and we want to pursue it passionately and without deviation.

So there you have it! As God brings Jeannie and me to your mind, would you join with us in these seven specific prayers.

Thanks so much!

Rejoice evermore!

Tom Elliff

2 Tim 1:12

  • 11-14-12
    Hi Tom, it was my pleasure to pray the seven prayers for you and Jeannie. I have prayed for you guys every Sunday morning for many years and remain indebted to you for the affirmation and encouragement you gave me during the early and formative years of my walk with God and my ministry. Judy and I are returning to Israel in January for the first time since we left there with Jessica thiry years ago. I feel like Paul when he said, “After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem . . .” (Act 24:17 NIV). We are in the midst of our LMCO emphasis at Meadows and enjoying the great resources of the “Be Obedient” theme this year. I had on my heart to mention Jessica to you. She is a treasure of a gal with an adventurous spirit, exquisite medical credentials as a practicing family nurse practitioner and a rich and deep walk with Christ.

    In Jessica’s own words:
    “I am a nurse practitioner interested in long term work overseas. With my credentials I can diagnose and treat patients independently. Ideally I would like to serve in an unreached small community. I want to use my medical skills but not make this all that I do. For example; I would rather have a clinic where I see a small number daily vs doing a mobile clinic where you see hundreds but don’t really have time to connect with people. I love to play with kids and pray with people. I would prefer to be in a place where I learn Arabic and work with Muslims (but this is just a preference). My dream job would probably be to run/help with an orphanage. I have done short term trips to Sudan, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and China and I am interested in a 2-3 year commitment at first. I’m 30, single, and ready to leave as soon as God opens a door.

    If the Lord should prompt you to think of Jessica in terms of any opportunity or assignment around the world, I know she would be eager to explore it. Thanks again for your leadership currently for our IMB and for your influence in my life over the years. Give Jeannie a big hug for me and Judy.