Prayer for Racism

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Two weeks ago, George Floyd’s death and the riots in Minneapolis rocked our country. Just weeks after the news of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder and we are face to face again with racism, violence, and division. Floyd’s death has also sparked peaceful protests all over the world, and in all 50 states to end police brutality and address racism.

Our grief for injustice and death is layered on our grief of sickness and isolation and the loss of all that is normal during this COVID-19 global pandemic.

So, I want to take time to pray for our country, for healing, for justice, for light to shine in the darkness. I want to remember that we need Jesus, that Jesus reigns in our hearts and in the world, that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, that we have a calling as followers of Jesus to stand with our black and brown brothers and sisters with empathy and compassion, to treat each other with love and kindness, to be light that shines in the darkness. 

Pray with me. 

“God, you are our father of compassion and the God of all comfort, and we come before you with broken hearts, grieving all that is lost, and identifying with our brothers and sisters all across the world and across our nation who experience racism and injustice on a daily basis. We join our hearts together to pray for peace, comfort, compassion, kindness, grace, justice. We pray for George Floyd’s family, for churches in Minneapolis, for churches around the world, and for our church, that we would shine like stars in the universe during this very dark time. 

“We humble ourselves. Search us, O God, and know our hearts, test us and know our anxious thoughts, see if there is any wicked way in us and lead us in the way everlasting.

“We confess our contribution to darkness, division and violence, instead light, unity and peace. We confess our silence when we should have spoken, our speaking when we should have listened, our indifference when we should have cared. We surrender our will to your will. We sacrifice what is comfortable and easy for what is difficult but good.

You reign above it all. Over the universe and over every heart. There is no higher name. Jesus, you reign above it all. So, we commit to live as kingdom people, following as you lead us.  Give us your heart for the world. Give us courage to listen, to learn, to love our neighbor. Jesus, help us to see you in the face of the other—the powerless, the vulnerable, the needy. Be glorified in all we do. Shine your light on us and through us. And give us peace.

We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

(2 Corinthians 1: 3, 1 John 4:20, Matthew 5:14-16, Philippians 2:15, Psalm 139:24-25, Luke 22:42, Reign Above It All, John 13:35, Numbers 6:26)

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