28 Days of Prayer - Day 5
26 For you are all children[a] of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.[b] 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[c] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children[d] of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Lord, as a true heir, I dream of living in a perfect world. Only, I know that sin continues to cause upheaval and there will be no perfection in this world until Jesus returns to reign. Racial disunity has plagued societies for all ages. It has been marked by discrimination, prejudice, injustice, inequality, racism, slavery, segregation, crime and even violence. Lord, we need racial unity in our nation and beyond right now. We must not continue to let this evil behavior of hate and mistrust have its way.
I fervently believe it is your directive that all people are created in your image. Revelation 7:9 tells us your kingdom consists multitudes of every nation, tribe, people and language. Lord, help us to see beauty, dignity and worth in each person. Help us to respect and celebrate the uniqueness you have given each of us. Help us to put aside our fear, suspicion, anger, arrogance and pride.
Lord, I trust if we obey you, peace and solidarity are possible. Accept our repentance as we regret the mistakes of the past. Teach us how to appreciate and celebrate our differences, and realize we are more alike than different. Reconciliation will come if all sides will come together and work together to make changes that will strengthen our families, our church, our community and our nation. Lord, as we yield, let us heal. Let us truly listen and learn from each other, and treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. Your promise to Abraham was that all families of the earth who obeyed you would be blessed. Lord, please bless our efforts at being obedient and diligent in bridging the gap between races. Amen