Our nation has seen so much division in recent months. The prayer for unity needs to touch all areas of our lives as human beings made in the likeness of God. The Week of Prayer begins each year on January 18. This year it falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. may we also pray for unity among peoples of all races. The Black Lives Matter Movement continues to point out the injustices that still so strongly exist in our country. It has been over 52 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who devoted his life to bring about equality by peaceful means and to stop the injustices experienced by persons of color in our society. May we pray for the necessary changes needed in our minds, our hearts, our laws and the systems that facilitate discrimination and injustice.
Wednesday of this week will be Inauguration Day. The day on which we celebrate as a nation the peaceful transfer of power in the leadership of our country from one president to the next. After the violent attack on our Capital and the duly elected members of Congress on January 6, (the feast of Epiphany for most Christians), my prayer is that it will be a peaceful transition! The prayer of us all needs to be for unity and peace in our country! A unity and peace that with only be obtained when hatred and division are overcome by people of faith working together to “do what the Lord requires of you: only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
Below is a prayer that I had once come across when our nation was suffering from violence and turmoil. This prayer to the Holy Spirit seems like a good prayer to pray again as our nation addresses these difficult times.
God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill
Holy Spirit, in these days of doubt, confusion and uncertainty, come into our hearts with your light, your strength and your consolation. Come with the light of truth and teach us the will of God in our daily living especially now when God’s basic laws are challenged or ignored. Come with your strength that purifies our heart and our desires and guards us against the danger of pride, and self-conceit. Bring your consolation so that with a heart attuned to your holy love we may live in peace and harmony in our families; and give to our communities the spirit of cooperation, tolerance and understanding. O God, you have instructed the faithful with the light of the Holy Spirit. Grant that through this same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and enjoy the Holy Spirit’s consolation always. Amen.
In each of GSCC churches Daily Scripture & Prayer Guides are available for the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. I encourage you to use the Scripture & Prayer Guide at home and to participate this week in praying for Christian Unity.