Prayer for This Week
Closing Prayer at the National Prayer Breakfast
Rep. John Lewis
February 6, 2020
Brothers and sisters,
We come to the National Prayer Breakfast in peace
because peace is what we desperately need,
now more than ever before.
As a people of faith, as a people of hope,
we need the blessing of God Almighty.
It does not matter where you live
or how much money you have in your bank account.
It does not matter what language you speak,
or the color of your skin.
It does not matter whether you worship one God.
many Gods or no God.
We are one people, one family —
call it the American family; call it the world family.
We are brothers and sisters.
We live in a blessed land.
We have been blessed by God Almighty.
And we have a mission and a mandate
to be a blessing to our fellow human beings.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said on one occasion:
“I have decided to stick with love, for hate is too heavy a burden to bear.”
Many years ago, I thought I saw death as a young person
at a march across a bridge in Selma, Alabama
where I was beaten, and left bloody and unconscious.
I thought I was going to die, but I never hated the people that beat me,
because I chose the way of peace,
the way of love, and the way of non-violence.
For the God Almighty helped me and he is keeping us all here.
So we must become truly one family and hold on to each other.
We must believe in one another.
We must never give up on our fellow human beings.
Today, now, we go in peace, we go in love
and recommit to treating each other
as we would treat ourselves. Amen.