By Allen Palmeri
JEFFERSON CITY—Bob Loggins, prayer and spiritual awakening specialist for the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), is part of a larger effort encouraging Missouri Baptists to participate May 6 in the National Day of Prayer.
This will be the 59th observance since Congress established the practice in 1952. It always takes place on the first Thursday in May.
Loggins sees the event as a general reminder of what is important in life.
“Every day is a day of prayer,” Loggins said. “Prayer is talking to God. It is communicating to God from our heart. But what we’re doing on this day is really making a statement. We’re saying that as Missouri Baptists we are bowing down before Almighty God and letting everyone know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no man comes to the Father but through Him.
“He is our Savior. He is the Savior of the world. He died on Calvary’s cross to give us redemption from our sins. It is Christ who we are praying to God through the enablement of the presence of the Holy Spirit. They are all one—the Triune God.”
Loggins said employees in the work force should set aside some of their free time May 6 to contribute to the prayer effort.
“Take a 15-minute break,” he said. “If you’re working and your job does not give you an hour lunch break, take 30 minutes. Whatever time you have, it’s not long enough to talk to God.”
The theme for the day comes from Nahum 1:7, which reads, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”
Many different National Day of Prayer events are being held throughout the day in communities all over Missouri. To see the types and locations, go to the Missouri National Day of Prayer web site at www.missouriprayer.org.