A Prayer from Pastor Tony Evans - Psalm 139
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
(Revelation 7:9-10, ESV)
It’s late Saturday night as I’m writing this as I just had it on my heart to say a couple things. The past few days in America we have witnessed incredibly turbulent times with the death of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police. Cities are erupting into chaos, our African American brothers and sisters are hurting and we need God’s mighty hand to bring His peace. You know when Jesus returns He will welcome home His children from every tribe, nation, culture and color and we will all be bowing down in worship of this King Jesus who made every beautiful color of skin on the planet. What if we started loving and serving this diverse body of Christ right now as we listen to those in pain and become allies with those who are experiencing the brokenness of racism? For so many of the people we know and love this is a daily reality we cannot ignore. My prayer is that God will use Psalm 139 to speak to you on Pentecost Sunday, leading us to become the kind of people who will ask God to search them and stretch them. I don’t have all the answers but I’m committed to keep learning, keep trying, keep growing and keep praying.
I want to close with a prayer, not of my own, but of African American pastor and scholar Dr. Tony Evans.
“Father, I pray for the Floyd family, the hurt, the loss, the pain, but I also call for responsible response so we are making things better and not making it worse…raise up the hope givers who will provide leadership and responsibility so that lives are changed, families are strengthened so that the Church is influential and the culture is helped. Dear Lord, demonstrate your greater glory, use this social pandemic to bring about a vaccine of spiritual healing that our communities, our culture—and even the Church— desperately needs. In Jesus name, Amen.”