7 ways to pray for racial reconciliation

February 14, 2018

Sunday, Feb. 14 has been designated as Racial Reconciliation Sunday by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Several pastors from across North Carolina contributed the following prayer points as we prepare our hearts to pray for racial reconciliation in our state, nation and world. These prayer points are also available as a free download for use in your church using the links below.

Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17:20-23: “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message that all of them may be one…May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know what you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

  1. God, may we glorify You by reflecting Your values among Your people. Let the truth of Your Word be the standard by which we measure right and wrong, and the standard by which we accept people, regardless of skin color, class or culture. (Contributor: Chris Green, The Summit Church)
  2. Lord, give us the strength to strive for oneness, not sameness. Allow us to see that the mystery of the gospel involves You uniting all people together in Christ, so we would recognize all groups and cultures as important and valuable. (Contributor: Chris Green, The Summit Church)
  3. Please help us make the gospel the main thing that unites us, instead of communication style, worship style or culture. (Contributor: Jerome Gay, Vision Church)
  4. Gracious God, we ask that You would raise up more minority leaders within the Southern Baptist Convention and others to serve alongside of them. (Contributor: Jerome Gay, Vision Church)
  5. Lord, work in and through us so that Sunday morning worship in America would no longer be the most segregated time of the week. May we truly become a priesthood from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. (Contributor: Lawrence Yoo, Waypoint Church)
  6. Heavenly Father, please open our eyes and hearts to the hurts and concerns of people from all races and ethnicities. We ask that the Holy Spirit would compel us to develop genuine friendships with people from other races and ethnic groups. (Contributor: Lawrence Yoo, Waypoint Church)
  7. Lord, help our international brothers and sisters here in North Carolina to be bold in their faith to reach out to their own people. May they become individuals and churches that are active members of our convention and in Baptist life. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: David Duarte of Daystar Church contributed to this article.


by BSCNC Communications 
/  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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7 ways to pray for racial reconciliation

Several pastors from across North Carolina contributed the following prayer points as we prepare our hearts to pray for racial reconciliation in our state, nation and world. These prayer points are also available as a free download for use in your church using the links below.

Strive for racial reconciliation

North Carolina Baptists were among at least five state conventions that adopted resolutions denouncing racism during their respective annual meetings last fall, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia.

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