We come to you first to give you thanks for all you do and all that you have brought us through. In light of the world that we are living in, we call upon you in a spirit of peace and protection.
Lord, you remind us through Scripture that we have been fearfully and wonderfully made. We know that you have created us in love and to be loved. But we live in a time where some people believe that the lives of your people have no value. We call upon you to help us, to protect us, and to remind us that the life of each person is important to you. Open our eyes to see and understand how we at PFN can be a catalyst for healing, peace, and true reconciliation. Help us to hear from you Lord to understand our role personally and as a Church in seeking reconciliation and justice.
Lord, we recognize that our world is torn apart with prejudice, arrogance, and pride. We see that there is a breakdown that reveals injustice that is happening around us and for which we must be aware. Help us to learn. Help us to be champions of right and justice. Help the different races to love and understand one another better. Increase among us sympathy, tolerance, and goodwill, especially to those who have lived with injustices produced by our society. Help us to learn to appreciate the gifts that other races bring to usand to see all people as our brothers and sisters for whom Christ died. Save us from jealousy, hatred, and fear and help us to live together as members of one family at home in the world, sons, and daughters of one Father. Teach us and move our hearts in such a way the we will take responsibility for caring for our neighbors and actively supporting change.
Lord, we acknowledge the hurt and the pain felt by people on all sides of these racial issues. We pray that you will intervene and allow the love of Jesus Christ to enter into our hearts and into our society so that we can see that life is a gift from God that we have no right to take away. We know that hatred and vengeance are never an acceptable option to resolve a situation, so we call upon you to give us the guidance we need to make things right. Lord, this is our prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation, the peace that we know can come if we put our trust and our faith and our hope in you.
All of this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.