Prayer of the Race-less

Sovereign God, we confess that You are not controlled by race, that You are the God of all nations and people, that You are not confined to our prejudices.  We confess that You cannot be convicted of our judgments, that You are not trapped in our history.  You are the boundary of existence, our Judge and God eternal. We confess that You are Spirit, the breath of all being who cannot be colored in or contained by a culture, that You are above race and it is always beneath You.

We thank You for Your unconditional, race-less love as our Great Shepherd and not the Supreme Segregationist.  We thank You for making us in Your image, a socially colorless spirit that You breathe into and blow upon day after day.  We thank You for Your care, protection and guidance, that it is equal in attentiveness, fair and just in practice, that You are not a racist or biased based on our physical appearance or the social coloring of our skin but affirm that there is someone much deeper within us.

Breathe on this life; awaken this self within us.  Give us the courage to walk in the newness of this life and to deny the racialized self so that we might follow Your son, Jesus more closely (cf. Matthew 16.24).

We pray that You would show us our true selves not according to race but according to You, that You would close the book on race and open us up to Your Word and its revelation as the sons and daughters of God so that we would know that race does not determine our relation to You.

Make us race-less.  In the name of Jesus the Christ, I pray.  Amen.

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