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Teach Me to Pray

By Dr. Jed N. Snyder

There has never been a period in the United States of America where so much racial misunderstanding has been focused upon by the major media. The “blame game” seems to be in full swing. White people even if they have not acted negatively toward darker skinned members of the one race, the human race, are lumped together and by virtue of a lighter skin tone are made to seem complicit in racial inequality.

A major part of the concern is that Christians of all skin tones have not yet learned to really pray for others. Disciples of Jesus Christ asked Him to teach them to pray. He responded with the critical ingredients of prayer. Adoration for God, confession of our sins, forgiveness for others, God’s will and purposes to be accomplished here as it is in heaven.

“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:1-4

If Christians learn to pray for each other out of a fervent desire to honor Jesus Christ, the differences that come from language, skin-tone, education, cultures and similar issues can be faced in a compassionate and helpful manner. If I, as a light-skinned person care for the eternal well-being of my friends and fellow-citizens, it will not matter to me or to them so much, that our skin is differently colored. If we together, learn to pray that God’s will is done here on earth, we will be very glad that we are able to join with millions of likeminded people in seeking the honor, the adoration of Jesus Christ among the seven or eight billion inhabitants of planet earth.

May we continue to learn to pray.

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