Prayer: Give us the willingness to listen

Prayer: Give us the willingness to listen

Tuesday before Easter: This is the third prayer in a Holston Conference series for racial justice.


We thank you for this day and for all the grace and mercy you have shown your people. We know there is nothing new under the sun and there is nothing impossible for you, God. We ask that you give us the willingness to listen and the wisdom to interpret based on the love that your word requires of us.

Above all we ask that you heal the broken and hurt in all of our hearts: the oppressed and the oppressor, the hated and the ignorant. Help us to understand what is unclear and help us to make our voices heard. Where it is necessary, we ask that you change the hearts and minds of anyone who has strayed from your will for this country and the world. We expect and rejoice in the great healing that only you can bring to this nation.

In the meantime, we rest in your love and your peace that only you bring to us. Protect our hearts, our families, and our homes from bigotry, hatred, and misunderstanding. We love you, and we thank you for all your blessings.

In Christ’s name, we pray.



Danaya Randolph

Danaya Randolph is a senior in biochemistry at Maryville College. She is a veteran staff member for Camp in the Community.