Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer

Honoring Martin Luther King: A Prayer for Progress and Peace

Jan 18 2021

On this day, we have an opportunity to remember Martin Luther King Jr. who dreamed of a loving, just society for all. Honor him today by taking a moment to stop, pause and reflect on his leadership.

During this time, let us pray for unity and peace in our deeply divided country and for us to continue to push for racial equality throughout the world.

Here are some prompts to help your mediation.


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.


Gracious God,

We live in times of deep division, mistrust, and violence. Bless in a special way our celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Open our hearts and minds to your truth and renew our commitment to justice and peace, pursued through cooperation and love. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that we might realize and accept that we are all members of the same human family, created in your image and likeness. May the example of Dr. King inspire us to see in one another, sisters and brothers, with a common origin and destiny, guided by the conviction that together we can nobly fulfill the promise of our nation.

We pray in the name of the God who is our creator and who calls us to create communities of justice, freedom and peace.


What is one action you can take or one commitment you can make today that will advance Dr. King’s dream of a free, just and equal society?

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