A Prayer for the Church from The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


We thank you for your church, founded upon your 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 upon you. Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the 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, Brown and Yellow — will rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray. Amen.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Thank you for publishing Martin Luther King’s Prayer for the Church. Last week I spoke by phone with Landon Lindsay a white colleague who is now retired in North Carolina. We talked about Martin Luther King as Landon prepared to speak to a group about his memories of King when they were students together at Boston University School of Theology. I met Martin Luther King at BU in May of 1958, as I was on the verge of graduating. This prayer has encouraged me to share with reader’s of the Reporter, an article that appeared as an op-ed in the… Read more »


Martin Luther King Jr’s prayer misses the biblical mark: 1- We are never to work as it all depended upon us. Without Christ in us we can do nothing and we are to be every thoughtful of this powerful truth. 2- God’s challenge to us is to think Divine Viewpoint not Human Viewpoint. DV is so contrary to the natural mans way of thinking which is resident in this prayer. 3- The Body of Christ must live by faith without which it is impossible to please God. 4- The Kingdom living presented in the NT by Christ Jesus is not… Read more »

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