This morning I heard a very encouraging message on prayer by Alistair Begg. You can access it yourself by going HERE. I hope you can find time to listen. One statement that has stayed with me from that message is “God isn’t looking for big churches; He’s looking for praying churches.”

This message follows on the heels of our recent School of Discipleship class on “The Marks of a Healthy Church.” R.G. Lamar led a great discussion for us last week on the need to be a praying people. We talked about ways to be a praying congregation.

This summer I want to give more thought and attention to cultivating a greater prayer emphasis at HLPC. Our country, culture, community, and church have never needed it more. Not to mention, our own personal lives are in constant need of God’s presence and power.

Let me give you a practical opportunity next week to join me in prayer. Please be praying for the week of ministry we have here at HLPC through Vacation Bible School, June 5-9. We have close to 100 kids registered as of today! What a great opportunity to share the gospel and to disciple children. Many of the kids registered are from outside of our church family.

Please pray:

  • For God’s Spirit to work in the lives of kids and workers alike.
  • For clear and effective teaching of God’s Word- our theme this year is on the wonderful gift that is the Bible.
  • For health and safety throughout the week.
  • For good weather.
  • For ripple effects of our ministry in the lives of kids’ families.
  • For fun and for well-behaved kids!

Each morning as part of the opening assembly at 8:45 the “HLPC Players” will be presenting a skit that runs throughout the week. The entire church family is invited to come and enjoy this. This is always a highlight every year. Those who don’t have any VBS responsibilities are then welcome to join me in my office for a time of brief prayer for effective ministry that day as we pray for our workers and the children.

Regardless if you can join me or not for that time of prayer, please pray

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!).