Thursday as part of his statewide ‘wave’
CROWLEY - “They used to say that any preacher who wasn’t hoarse on Monday wasn’t doing his job,” said Dr. David Hankins of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in Alexandria while standing on the steps of the Acadia Parish Courthouse. “Well, I’m used to using a microphone so I’m going to have to ask you to move a little closer so you can all hear me...or at least those of you who aren’t Baptist can step aside so the Baptist’s can come forward.”
Those gathered for the Prayer Rally, Baptist or not, laughed heartily.
Dr. Hankins is currently traveling around the state - all 64 parishes - to hold his Prayer Rallies. Acadia Parish was the 33rd stop on his two-month tour. He also paid visits to Lafayette and St. Martin parishes on Thursday.
“Do all of you know about the ‘wave’ that the crowd does during football games,” he said. “That’s exactly what I’m trying to do is to get a wave of prayer across the state.”
Dr. Hankins current tour was timed so that it would end on April 29, the bicentennial of Louisiana, on the steps of the state capitol in Baton Rouge. His prayers were for ‘all public officials from the President of the United States to the city councilmen, Sheriff’s and local police departments.’
“I would also like to offer prayers to those souls who are hurting,” he added.
Dr. Hankins said that he often hears from people who complain that they often pray but their prayers aren’t answered.
“I tell them that they may be praying with the wrong purpose,”he said. “The purpose of prayer isn’t for personal rewards but to glorify God. When your purpose is to advance the kingdom of God then you can pray boldly.”
“Humble yourselves and He will lift you up.”
Several local dignitaries were on hand for the rally including Mayor Greg Jones, Crowley City Council members Kitty Valdetero, Bryan Borill, Jeff Dore and Mary Melancon, Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson, Major Keith Latiola with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Department and Ann Mier with the Acadia Parish Public Library.
Following Dr. Hankins, Rev. Alan Knuckles told a story about the International Rice Festival this past October.
“We prayed hard for 30 days prior to the festival that it be one of peace,” he said. “And if you remember correctly it was one of the least problem-filled Rice Festivals we’ve ever had.”