“It is a serious matter…when any body of people, however few,
betake themselves not to revolt but to prayer.”
— Rev. Francis Grimke, 1898 —
United? We Pray is a podcast that calls for prayer about racial divisions in churches. We want to encourage Christians, who are laboring to see racial unity and justice, to rely upon God in prayer.
Jesus said that the world would know we are his followers by our love for one another (John 13:35). Jesus prayed for the church’s unity and said it testifies to his coming (John 17:21). Jesus died to make us one with one another and one with God (Eph. 2:11-22). Any mindset, action, or institution that denies that unity is not “in step with the truth of the gospel” (Gal. 2:14).
The trials and complexities of race and racism often exceed our own wisdom and strength. God has limitless wisdom and strength, but we do not. Yet in the Bible, when people realized their limitations, they often did something—they prayed. They prayed to the God who can do more than they can imagine (Eph. 3:20); the God who commands his children to cast their anxieties upon him because he cares for them (1 Pet. 5:7); the God who is more eager to give than we are to receive.
We praise God for giving the church brothers and sisters who have faithfully maintained the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3). To ignore the unity God has given the church so far is to rob him of glory. Yet events from the last few years, decades, and centuries show there’s much work to be done. We believe, as brothers and sisters in the past did, that prayer must undergird that work.
The church has an adversary who hates this work (Eph. 6:12). We war against him and his kingdom on our knees. Yet we pray with hope because Christ is coming again in victory. When he does come, there will be a kingdom of people from every ethnicity, and we will be united around God’s throne (Rev. 7:9). That unity is in question now in the minds of many brothers and sisters, but a day is coming when we’ll never question it again.
Until that day, will you pray with us?
Isaac is a husband, father, and the founding host of United? We Pray. He is a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, a writer for Humble Beast, and a spoken-word poet.
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