We realize that we stand surrounded with the mountains of love and we deliberately dwell in the valley 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 blinds 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 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.
MLK Prayer from Prayers for Social Justice
This prayer was delivered as part of King’s radiobroadcasts from Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta,Georgia, in the period from July 5 to September 6, 1953. King was still a PhD student at Boston University, butoften spent the summer serving as a co-pastor with his father, Martin Luther King, Sr. King quotes Acts 17:28