April 4, 2018

Use Us, God

A Prayer for a Shared Future Offered in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Prayer by Dr. Dock Hollingsworth, Dr. David Hull, Chelsea Banks, Tim Boone and Rev. Ryan Wilson; Introduction by Tim Boone

A. W. Tozer said that, “Prayer at its best is the expression of the total life.” To say it another way, we pray only as well as we live. This is the goal of a prayerful life: That our best intuitions might manifest into action. This prayer, offered line-by-line by the ministers of Second-Ponce, expresses the best intuitions of each contributor and was inspired by another prayer offered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”

As you read these words, think about the men and women who brought their best intuitions to the forefront of their lives and risked everything for a purpose greater than themselves, those who were a part of what Dr. King, Jr. envisioned as the “Beloved Community.” May we be drawn to the same spiritual and social vision in the present age.

While this is a prayer of hope, it is also an invitation to action. As we journey through life together and continue to seek the mind and heart of Christ, let us take heed of the words of John Keble, “to live more nearly as we pray.” Read each line and ask how God might use you in pursuit of creating beloved community and to bring about God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Where ever personhood is diminished, where ever hope is in short supply—Use us, God.

Whenever the cries of injustice and oppression are met with silence—Use us, God.

To be beacons of your light in the dark places of the world—Use us, God.

Whenever we choose comfort over courage and conviction, challenge us and—Use us, God.

Ignite a call to build justice through peace that is guided by love—Use us, God.

Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done—Use us, God.

Amen.