We Come, O God, With Awareness

Dr. King’s prayer at the opening of Billy Graham’s 1957 New York revival is a masterful example of the prophetic irony found often in the First Testament Writings. 
Reverend Graham’s revival was not the first call for White Christian repentance that day.


You can watch the video below to hear the full prayer.

“Let us pray, O God, Our Heavenly Father, out of whose mind this great cosmic universe has been created, toward whom the weary and perplexed of all generations turn for conslation and direction, we come before Thy presence…thanking Thee for the many blessings of life.  We come recognizing our dependence on Thee.

We also come, O God, with an awareness.  The fact that we have not always given our lives to that which is high and noble.  In the midst of all the high and noble aspects of justice, we followed injustice.  We stand amid the forces of truth and yet we deliberately lie.  We stand amid the compelling urgency of the Lord of Love, as exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ, and yet we live our lives so often in the dungeons of hate.  For all these sins, O God, forgive.

And in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, give us penetrating vision, broad understanding, power of endurance and abiding faith, and save us from the paralysis of crippling fear…”

Thou, Dear God: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits.  Lewis Baldwin, ed.  Spoken at Billy Graham’s New York crusade


Recent Posts

Pruning An Overgrown Tree

Eleven28's policy is that every four years, full-time employees take a forty day sabbatical.  On July 1, I will have been full-time with eleven28 for four years.  It's time for a short rest.  Here are my thoughts about where God and I will intersect during this rest....

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Needing treatment to restore mental health isn’t shameful, nor is it exceptional.  I share my mental health journey in hopes that it will lead other church leaders to do what I’ve done – admit I need help and get it. --TreyI thought it was déjà vu. Helping our student...

Mothers’ Day Justice

The first iteration of this article was written the day after Mother’s Day 2020.  Ahmaud Arbery’s death was the first in a string of police involved shootings of black men that became the grounds for national and international outrage.  It was also an election year as...