Martin Luther King’s Prayer

God Running is a place for anyone who wants to (or even anyone who wants to want to) love Jesus more deeply, follow Jesus more closely, and love people the way Jesus wants us to.

In years past I’ve shared what Martin Luther King Jr. has said. Today I want to share what Martin Luther King Jr. prayed.

“O thou Eternal God, out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being. We humbly confess that we have not loved thee with our hearts, souls and minds and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us. We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ. We often give in order to receive, we love our friends and hate our enemies, we go the first mile but dare not travel the second, we forgive but dare not forget. And so as we look within ourselves we are confronted with the appalling fact that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against thee. But thou, O God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be. Give us the intelligence to know thy will. Give us the courage to do thy will. Give us the devotion to love thy will. In the name and spirit of Jesus we pray. Amen.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy MLK Day!


King, Martin Luther, Jr., Prayer and Sermon in Atlanta, Georgia, 1953, via Stanford University

Image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. via National Archives Catalog — Public Domain

2 Comments on “Martin Luther King’s Prayer

  1. So powerful because it is so us/me. I might have read this before but this time I printed it off to hang at my desk for further meditation.

    • Same for me Steve! I read that prayer and it really resonated. I prayed it today and I’m hoping God hears and answers and makes me into the likeness of Jesus.

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