Dear Neely’s Creek Family and Friends,

One of the drawbacks of recording our services days in advance is that the world can take a turn which could render the content tone-deaf or downright ignorant.  I am writing to you now regarding the riots that are erupting across our country as a result of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This glaring tragedy is not addressed in our pre-recorded service.  So, I’m addressing it here.  And, I am calling us to prayer.

Let me suggest three key Scriptural underpinnings for our praying.  Feel free to incorporate more as you go along.

First, God the Father has made both his will and his expectation of us clear. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God?”  (Micah 6:8)

Second, Jesus’ command is also clear. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthew 22:38, 39)

Third, the Holy Spirit, we are promised in God’s Word, is an active agent with us when we pray. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

Weak as we are, then, let us pray nonetheless with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Let us pray for that which God has shown us, has required of us and has commanded us in his Word:  for goodness, justice, a love of kindness, humility, a love of God, a love of neighbor. For whenever and wherever these are evidenced it is always the result of the work of the Holy Spirit.  Thus, we are praying essentially for hearts to be changed – even our own.  My friends, we are praying for revival.  We must.

Finally, let us not forget that we are praying in Jesus’ name and that, “… in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (1 Col. 1: 19, 20)

Your Servant in Him,
Pastor Matt