Praying With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Updated: Aug 25, 2022
What follows will be some prayers written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. along with a bible verse he used in his culture transforming "I Have A Dream" speech.
"Eternal God out of whose mind this great cosmic universe we bless thee. Help us to seek that which is high, noble and good. Help us in the moment of difficult decision. Help us to work with renewed vigor for a warless world, a better distribution of wealth, and a brotherhood that transcends race or color."
"Thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being, we humbly confess that we have not loved thee with our hearts, souls and minds, and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us. We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ. We often give in order to receive. We love our friends and hate our enemies. We go the first mile but dare not travel the second. We forgive but dare not forget. And so as we look within ourselves, we are confronted with the appalling fact that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against you. But thou, O God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be. Give us the intelligence to know your will. Give us the courage to do your will. Give us the devotion to love your will. In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen."
"Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." Amos 5:24
You can listen to his "I Have A Dream" speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs
King Jr., Martin Luther, and Lewis V Baldwin. "Thou, Dear God": Prayers That Open Hearts And Spirits. Beacon Press, 2011.
All Scripture taken out of the ESV.