Pastoral Letters of the Conference Minister
Rev. Edward Davis, Conference Minister
Let Us Pray
August 21, 2014
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, Which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 [NIV])
Sisters and Brothers of the Southern Conference: I greet you in the words of Jesus, "Peace be unto you!"
Do you feel it? Can you hear it? Do you see it? I ask these questions as a response to the chaos, confusion, and calamity that is happening all around us. We are being bombarded by news after news that leaves us spent and exhausted, and creates a drain on our stamina necessary to live an empowered life.
The news of countless events: the warring going on in the Middle East; the tensions surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Missouri; the senseless violence happening in Chicago; the issues of immigration, deportation, human trafficking, educational deficiencies, and confidence in our public officials is at an all time low. And (not to mention) we are mindful of the numerous issues people are facing politically, economically, and socially here in our own Conference, which have developed a culture of fear and worry that threatens our emotional, psychological, and spiritual well being.
My response to all of this is, let us pray! I submit that we are no longer a praying nation, but a tolerant nation. For this, the Apostle Paul wrote a prescription in Philippians 4:6-7, when he said "be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let our requests be known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus." As the songwriter reminds us "Oh what peace we often forfeit, and oh what needless pains we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." We -- as a Conference and people of God -- need to stay on the other side of not being anxious and begin to start praying constantly. Read more
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