Prayers of Martin Luther King, Jr


As we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr today, I was made aware of a book of compiled prayers from him titled, “Thou, Dear God; Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits”.  As I read some of the prayers, I was moved by the beauty, simplicity and heart cry for racial harmony.  God created us each uniquely and ordained the splendid array of nationalities for His glory.  Let’s join in the spirit of Jesus’ pray that we would be one as He and the Father are one (John 17:21)

Enjoy this excerpt below from a radio broadcast in 1953:

“Most gracious and all wise God before whose face the generations rise and fall; Thou in whom we live and move and have our being.  We thank Thee all of Thy good and gracious gifts, for life and for health, for food and for raiment; for the beauties of nature and for the love of human nature.  We come before Thee painfully aware of our inadequacies and shortcomings.  We realize that we stand surrounded by mountains of love and we deliberately dwell in the valleys of hate.  We stand amid the forces of truth and deliberately lie.  We are forever offered the high road, and yet we choose to travel the low road.  For these sins, O God, forgive.  Break the spell of that which binds our minds.  Purify our hearts that we may see Thee.  O God in these turbulent days when fear and doubt are mounting high give us broad visions, penetrating eyes and the power of endurance.  Help us to work with renewed vigor for a warless world, for a better distribution of wealth, and for a brotherhood that transcends race or color.  In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen”  pg 145

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  • Amen.

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