Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His prophetic message of justice and equality have resounded now for more than 50 years – calling our nation to be true to our highest ideals and honor the ‘promissory note’ provided in the Declaration of Independence.
By God’s grace, we are moving forward, yet we have far to go. And by God’s grace, our fervent prayer and strategic action will enable us to be a nation that is reconciled and healed from the wounds of racism and injustice. A significant part of our mission at the Center for National Renewal is to engage in the work of reconciliation at every level– locally and nationally. We know, that our greatest weapon is prayer!
Today, on this day of remembrance, let us pray according to the Priestly Prayer of Jesus, ‘that we would be one,’ (John 17:11) and let us work for renewal and healing in our nation.
Let’s agree together in prayer…
- Repentance and self-examination for all believers concerning racial issues
- Justice and righteousness to prevail in our cities and nation – especially among minority communities
- Compassion and understanding – that we would hear and respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters in pain
- Unity in the Body of Christ – that the Church would be a united voice and model of Biblical reconciliation
- Action and Advocacy – for us to use our voice and hands to work for reconciliation
Finally, I want to encourage you on this day to take a few minutes to do the following 3 things…
3. Pray this prayer with me…
Father, You have reconciled the world to Yourself and given US the word and ministry of reconciliation. Today, I submit myself to You again for Your use in this ministry. Reveal any attitudes, motives, or sins in my heart that would harm my brothers or bring reproach to Your Name. Heal my wounds. Empower me to be an agent of change in MY neighborhood, my community, and my world. Holy Spirit, use ME as Your ambassador of renewal and unity.
I’m Yours! IN Jesus’ Name!
Today, may we have the courage and faith-filled determination of Dr. King, as we work to bring the message of Jesus to a world in need of His life. I’ll leave you with one final quote, from Dr. King’s last speech on the evening before his assassination:
‘Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.’
~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We’re here – in our nation’s capital – standing together with you, praying for our nation, and working for God’s renewal in our land.
Thank you for standing with us!