Written by, First Lady Michelle Obleton
“Come back we beg you O God Almighty. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Watch over and care for this vine.” God of my ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven and on earth. You rule supremely in every matter, situation, and circumstance. All power, might, and authority are in your hands. What a mighty God you are! You are so powerful and mighty that no one can stand against you. You are Creator, Sustainer, Maker, Healer, Savior, Deliverer, Ruler, Provider, and Protector. As survivors of the slavery divide, vagrancy law divide, convict leasing divide, Jim Crow law divide, housing through red-lining divide, and the prisons divide, we are greatly overwhelmed by these deepening and growing divides rooted in our nation. Despite our efforts to raise a family, educate our children, work to provide a living, serve and live in community, and worship God with spiritual faith, we are not afforded the same dignity and humanity afforded to white Americans.
Lord, we bind the spirit of fear that is gripping our nation. We ask you to show yourself strong on behalf of African Americans. Please help us remain faithful to you and for strength to stay vigilant in the fight for justice. You said in your word “When the earthquakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundation firm (Psalm 75:3). In the name of Jesus, please keep America’s foundation firm. May your firm hand protect our world from hatred and social injustice directed at people of color. “Come back, we beg you O God Almighty. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Watch over and care for this vine” (Psalm 80:14). Be mindful of African Americans who built, sacrificed for, and loved a nation that is not ready to love them back.
We are reminded by your word, to not grow weary in doing well, so help us, Lord, to stay on the battlefield until the promise of justice for all becomes the practice of justice in our land.
Bless the efforts of protestors who courageously stood for truth and a request for change. We are the people, O God, who are called by your name; so, we humble ourselves, pray, and seek your face, that you might hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land. In your mighty, and powerful name we pray, Lord God. Amen.
Prayers & Love,