Interfaith Day of Prayer – Prayer from Ben Chavis


Prayer for the Oneness of Humanity


Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

Interfaith Day of Prayer

May 7, 2020



Lord God of our salvation and liberation, hear our prayers on this day that you have made. We thank you God for all the blessings of life and for the bounty of all your creation.


Amidst the global coronavirus pandemic throughout the world, we pause in humble prayer and supplication beseeching your guidance and mercy yet reaffirming your sustaining Grace and Love of all people.


In the long suffering nights of our sorrows, mourning and pains, we fervently cry out for the bright day light of consolations of your enduring and everlasting Holy Spirit.


We pray for universal healing and healthcare for all. Bless and protect all of the doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers who are striving to serve the medical needs of all who have been infected and inflicted.


Help us Lord to bridge the divides that continue polarized and separate us one from each other. Help us dear God to be our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers. Help us to have the courage to stand up, to speak out, and to challenge injustice, oppression, hatred and wrong-doing in the United States and wherever injustice, oppression, hatred and wrong-doing are manifest on earth.


Our faith heavenly Creator in you is steadfast and irreversible. We are grateful for the opportunities and the responsibilities that you bestow at our feet each day. Help us Lord to rise to the occasion at hand to affirm thy Oneness.


In the name of Jesus Christ, we affirm the oneness of humanity. We pray not only for ourselves but also for all of the human sisterhood and brotherhood. That we all are one is our affirmation of faith, belief and engagement of our communities of faith.


Help us Lord to transform this world into a better place for all in a manner pleasing in thy sight. We pray for the nation. We pray for the world. Amen.


Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.

Former Executive Director and CEO of the Commission for Racial Justice, UCC;  public theologian, political activist and leader in the environmental justice movement, author, civil-rights activist, member of the Wilmington 10, assistant to Martin Luther King, Jr., Director of the Million Man March, and co-chair of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network.