Days of Trouble Must Be Days of Prayer

Days of Trouble Must Be Days of Prayer

In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalm 18:6 (ESV)

Dear HLPC family,

What good has God brought from the circumstances He has ordered in His providence for 2020?  If nothing else, I hope it has helped your prayer life.  A life of dependent, promise claiming, mercy pleading prayer is a good thing.  My reading in Psalm 18 this morning was more encouragement to be crying out to God for help.

Matthew Henry, the Puritan Pastor who is known to many Christians for his one volume commentary on the Bible, had this to say about prayer: “Days of trouble must be days of prayer.”  Amen.  May we continue to grow in our understanding of prayer as well as our practice of prayer.  Let’s continue to pray for effective virus treatments as well as protection from its spread, a just and fair conclusion to our election process, peace in our land, and that God would give us grace to be a church that both reaches out with the gospel and equips His people for life and ministry.

We’re entering cold and flu season in earnest now.  Let’s be mindful to practice all the good, common sense measures to help us stay healthy.  Wash your hands, maintain safe distances, and stay home if you don’t feel well.  We also are encouraging mask usage in worship when keeping a safe distance is difficult.

May God not only make us a people of prayer, but may He also give us thankful hearts for all that He has done for us and for our family of faith here at HLPC!  I’m thankful to be your pastor!

Yours in Christ,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).