DAY 17

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Day 17: Prayer against racial division

Ephesians 4:3-6
We are all one in Christ, called to serve Him and others with a spirit of unity. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 

Devotional
God created every person in His image on purpose and for a purpose. We are all unique and have value in the eyes of God. As Christians, we love who God loves and seek to serve others, so it’s important for us to see the value that each person brings to the world. We need to do our part to foster reconciliation, advocate for equality, and work to ensure that every person is treated with dignity, respect, and honor. As followers of Jesus, we have been commanded to do everything we can to promote peace.

Recognize the presence of racism in our world, and bring it before God today. Thank Him for creating every person in His image, on purpose, for a purpose. Ask Him to help you embrace your unique design and the uniqueness of others. Pray for eyes to see the ways inequality is at work in the world around you, and pray for boldness to uphold peace, love, and unity in the face of injustice. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind any ways you have not promoted equality and unity (thoughts, words, actions, etc.) or people towards whom you have not shown the love of Christ. Ask for forgiveness, and trust God to help you grow and become an advocate for reconciliation. 

Prayer:
“Father, I recognize that You created every person in Your image and that You have great purpose for each of us. I pray right now against the spirit of racism and division. I ask You to help me see every person as You see them. Help me to love others with the unconditional love of Jesus and to make every effort to promote peace, unity, and equality for all people. Forgive me for the times that I have not valued others or spoken up for what is right.

Give me boldness to confront inequity when I see it and to honor others in my thoughts, words, and actions. Help me to love my neighbor as myself and to be an ambassador for reconciliation, as You have called me to be.Thank You for making us one by the blood of Jesus and the power of Your Spirit.” I ask You to break the spirit of racism and division off of our city and our nation, in Jesus’ Name.