Pray for Us

Roughly eight in ten African Americans self-identify as Christians (Pew Research Center). Seventy-nine percent of African Americans believe in the one true, living God who sent Jesus Christ to die for all people, not just some people (John 3:16). Those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior have been forgiven of their sins and reconciled to God, the Creator of the heavens, earth, and all of mankind. We have been grafted into God’s family. We are His children, and He is our Father.

I say all of that to say this: God, our Father

1. Is love and loves us (1 John 4:8 and John 3:16)

2. Is good and does good (Psalm 119:68)

3. Has all power and authority (See Matthew 28:18 or Ephesians 1:21-23)

4. Is righteous in all of His ways and gracious in all of His works (Psalm 145:17)

5. Is a God of justice (Isaiah 30:18)

6. Executes righteousness and justice for the oppressed (Psalm 103:6)

7. Loves righteousness and justice (Psalm 33:5)

8. Has a throne with its foundation being righteousness and justice (Psalm 89:14)

God loves us and is for us. It is time that we stand together as black people in this country, and all around the world, and cry out collectively and in unity to the One who can and will protect, defend, deliver, heal, and restore our people, our families, and our communities.

God heard the cries of the children of Israel and delivered them from slavery and oppression (See Exodus 3:7). When a great multitude came against King Jehoshaphat and all of Judah, King Jehoshaphat cried out to God and looked to Him to saved them, and He did (See 2 Chronicles 20:1-30). We believe and serve the same God that delivered the children of Israel and all of Judah (Malachi 3:6 or Hebrews 13:8). God fought for them, and He will fight for us. God delivered them, and He will deliver us.

Right now, we are standing together, speaking out against injustice and oppression, demanding justice and equality, and protesting across the country. We are united and fighting in the flesh but it’s time that we unite and fight in the spirit. It is time for us to remember where our help comes from and stand as a people and cry out to our Father for the peace, protection, deliverance, healing and restoration of our people, our families, and our communities from systemic racism, injustice, subjugation, and disenfranchisement. I welcome all of our brothers and sisters, in Christ, of all races and ethnicities to join us and lift up their voices in support.

We do not have to wait on justice to come from the powers that be in this country. It will come by and through God. “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil;’ wait for the LORD, and He will save you” (Proverbs 20:22).

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