Bledsoe Baptist Association
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Strengthening churches as they execute the Great Commission



 Dr. Mike Pennington, Director of Missions

Standing in the Need of Prayer!

The best place for a child of God to be!

     Remember that old Spiritual? “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. “ That’s how I feel today. In reality, that’s how I need to feel every day.  To stand in the need of prayer means that:

      In prayer, I admit my need of God. The first Beatitude says “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The one who is poor in spirit is one who recognizes their desperate need for God. I confess, Oh, Lord, I need thee, not only every hour, but every breath!

Prayer is an act of humility. I come to God realizing He is Lord. His voice shakes the earth and He is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:26, 29). He is King of kings and I am thankful to be His child. I seek to never take that for granted. I humbly seek His face. I enter His gates with humble thanksgiving and His courts with reverent praise.

Prayer is a place of grace.  It’s overwhelming really, that I am invited to come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in time of trouble. The King, the Lord, the one who says to me, “Come my child. Come crawl up in my lap and call me Abba.”  Overwhelming.

Community is a vital part of prayer. What would we do without our brothers and sisters in Christ?

This has been a sad week from a human perspective and we need the prayers of our spiritual family. Monday April 24, Harold Carman had to do the funeral for a grandbaby that died a day or two before birth. Also my son, Blake and wife, Claire, were expecting. They lost the baby that same day, April 24. Then early April 26th, Claire was admitted to the hospital with severe bleeding. She’s resting at home now, weak, but recovering. And they are at peace.

Amazing, isn’t it? In the midst of heartache and pain, we have peace. We have peace with God and we have the peace of God. Praise His Holy Name!

We may not hold these babies here, but one day. Oh, yes, one day there will be a reunion! Kristi and I have a grandbaby in Heaven.

Many of you have suffered similar heartaches or painful heartaches of other kinds. Maybe you are in such a place now. What should you do? Stand in the need of prayer!

Admit your desperate need of God. As an act of humility seek His face. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise. Find grace from Abba. Let Him wrap His loving arms around you and receive His peace. And, finally, don’t forget to find strength and support in the prayers of your community of faith, the Body of Christ.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!

Standing in the need of prayer. Standing in His Grace.

Your Servant,   Mike