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Inner~View #44: A national perspective from a national prayer coordinator

Phil Miglioratti interviewed Elaine Helms, National Prayer Coordinator for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and author of several books on prayer leadership.


IBSA Prayer Leader ~ You are a national prayer leader but, Elaine, no one starts there. Tell us about your journey.

Elaine ~ God called me into prayer ministry at the local church level in 1988. As God blessed our church, our Baptist Association of 100 churches asked me to be the prayer coordinator to help other churches, then the Georgia state discipleship director asked me to help train other associational prayer coordinators. During that time, Atlanta won the bid for the 1996 World Olympics, so in 1991 I was invited to join an ad hoc prayer team to pray for formation of Quest Atlanta '96 to prepare for outreach events at the games. Mission America invited me to speak at city reaching conferences, then SBC's LifeWay and NAMB prayer leaders began to invite me to speak/teach at prayer conferences across the country too. By 2000 I was invited to join the staff of NAMB as an associate and in 2005 I became the manager and head of the prayer office there.

If My People Pray

IBSA Prayer Leader ~ Your first book, (If My People Pray, Steps to Effective Church Prayer Ministry. 2000) is a great tool for prayer coordinators. What do you wish someone had told you about being a prayer coordinator when you first began?

Elaine ~ Thanks for your kind endorsement. God taught me early on that it's not so much my leadership ability he's seeking, but rather my obedience and dependence on Him. He calls the workers (intercessors) and lets us direct traffic!



IBSA Prayer Leader ~ Prayer 101, your latest book, is subtitled "What every intercessor needs to know." Should readers assume they need to be "veteran" or highly skilled pray-ers to benefit from the book?

Elaine ~ No, indeed not! This is a book to help us as intercessors get to know or remember some basic biblical principles about what God teaches us through His word. He initiates prayer, empowers us to pray, then answers our prayers. He is calling us to maturity in prayer. If you want to grow in prayer, this book is for you.



IBSA Prayer Leader ~ Give us a peek into a few of foundational teachings in this book:

Elaine ~


IBSA Prayer Leader ~ How can a pastor benefit from:

Elaine ~

· Prayer 101 This book offers biblical discipleship in the area of prayer. It can be used for sermon material, small group Bible study, or for individual use. I think you said it best, "put this book into the hands of every believer you disciple."


IBSA Prayer Leader ~ As you travel the north American continent, share some of your observations:

Elaine ~


IBSA Prayer Leader ~ Elaine, please write a prayer that prayer leaders and pastors can pray along with you for the Church to become a House of Prayer for all peoples ...

Elaine ~ Father, How I praise You for Your wonderful plans for all of eternity; and thank you for training us on earth through prayer to reign with You in the heavenlies. Please help us to come to You without distraction – in whole-hearted devotion—so that we can grow to maturity and be vessels You can use for Your glory, that Your name will be exalted throughout the earth. Tune our hearts to hear Your voice, to be obedient, and to participate with You to draw all men to the redemption You desire. Break our hearts with what breaks Yours. Please show us our churches as You see them; and make us willing to make the needed adjustments to line up with You. We love You, Lord and pray this in the powerful name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.

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