Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, by Gage Skidmore

O God, our Heavenly Father,
we thank thee for this golden privilege to worship thee,
   the only true God of the universe.
We come to thee today, grateful that thou has kept us
   through the long night of the past
   and ushered us into the challenge of the present
   and the bright hope of the future.
We are mindful, O God, that man cannot save himself,
   for man is not the measure of things
   and humanity is not God.
Bound by our chains of sin and finiteness,
   we know we need a Savior.
We thank thee, O God, for the spiritual nature of man.
We are in nature but we live above nature.
Help us never to let anybody or any condition
   pull us so low as to cause us to hate.
Give us strength to love our enemies
   and to do good to those
   who despitefully use us and persecute us.
We thank thee for thy Church, founded upon thy Word,
   that challenges us to do more than sing and pray,
   but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers
   depended on us and not on thee.
Then, finally, help us to realize that man was created
   to shine like stars and live on through all eternity.
Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace,
   help us to walk together, pray together, sing together,
   and live together until that day when all God’s children,
   Black, White, Red, and Yellow
   will rejoice in one common band of humanity
   in the kingdom of our Lord and of our God, we pray.

Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929 – 1968, American pastor and civil rights leader


But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,
and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—
they will be blessed in what they do.

2 thoughts on “Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer

  1. This man left our world far too soon but, oh, what a legacy he left. We desperately need his voice and our Lord’s today, calling us to unity and love, the only foundation for justice and peace.

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