We offer this prayer to our congregations and our city. We work together to begin a movement of prayer amid the historic challenges our world is facing.

 Prayer is asking and waiting expectantly on God. This prayer is our commitment to engage in a partnership with God, asking Him for the things that only He can do, and working to bring about the change the world desperately needs. We invite you to join us in praying this prayer for our city. 

This is a prayer for Atlanta. 

Merciful Father,

You have entrusted to us, as Pastors, the care of thousands, whose lives and souls look to You as our only comfort in life and in death. Our city bears both the scars of our shame and the proud legacy of  Martin Luther King, Jr. and being “too busy to hate.”    

We come before You as a broken people and a fractured community. Your great desire and our deepest need are to be one, unified beyond difference and indifference, into an ever-growing family of faithfulness, but we have forsaken the sacred trust found in Your ways. 

You have given us the very breath of life, yet we strangle it with fear and hatred. You have commanded us to confess, yet we rationalize and justify ourselves, hiding from the truth. You have called us to serve, yet we choose greed over generosity and self-indulgence over seeking the welfare of others. You have empowered us to bless, yet we use our words to tear down or even destroy what You have created. 

We are lost. We are angry. We are confused. We are grieving. We need Your intervention. Send authentic, spiritual transformation.

We have not given up hope. 

In this time of disease, we recognize how fragile and precious life truly is. Give us compassion to care, wisdom to cure, patience to endure. 

In this time of unease, we acknowledge the original sin that is slavery in this country. Help us to eradicate the continued bigotry and superiority that fuels chronic injustice for so many of Your beloved children. 

In this time of protest, we praise the peaceful demonstration of a different future. Point us toward those deeper partnerships for renewed neighborhoods, flourishing schools, and economic opportunity for all. 

In this time of advanced technology, we admit our limits. We need more than a social media strategy. We need a new social contract. Guide our leaders with energy, intelligence, imagination, and, most of all, love.

We thank You, O gracious Savior, that You have not chosen us because we are good but to become good. We thank You for the vigilance and restraint of those who protect our security.  We thank You for those who stand up for responsibilities as well as our rights. We thank You for a faith greater than cynicism and a hope that conquers despair. We thank You for the forgiveness that leads to reconciliation, for the kindness that leads to repentance, and for the joy beyond all circumstance.

Move us beyond sympathy into solidarity that is the gospel. Just as You came to be with us in Jesus Christ, may we now inhabit Your love with one another. May we look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others.

We are not forsaken, O God. It is still possible to “do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with You.” 

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Rev. Bill Britt

Senior Minister

Peachtree Road 
United Methodist Church

Atlanta, GA

Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.

Senior Pastor

The Greater Piney Grove 
Baptist Church

Atlanta, GA

Louie Giglio

Global Pastor

Passion City Church

Atlanta, GA

Rev. Dr. Steven Good

Lead Pastor

All Souls Fellowship

Decatur, GA

Rev. Marlin D. Harris

Founding Pastor

New Life Church

Decatur, GA

Dr. Dock Hollingsworth

Senior Pastor

Second-Ponce de Leon 
Baptist Church

Atlanta, GA

Dr. Barry Howard

Senior Pastor

Wieuca Road Baptist Church

Atlanta, GA

Pastor Lee Jenkins

Senior Pastor and Founder

Eagles Nest Church

Alpharetta, GA

Pastor Billy R. Johnson

Senior Pastor

New Covenant Christian Ministries

Lithonia, GA

Dr. Richard Kannwischer

Senior Pastor

Peachtree Presbyterian Church

Atlanta, GA

Dr. Crawford Loritts

Senior Pastor

Fellowship Bible Church

Roswell, GA

Rev. Monsignor Francis G. McNamee

Rector

Cathedral of Christ the King

Atlanta, GA

Pastor Shell Osbon

Lead Pastor

Life Church Smyrna 
Assembly of God

Smyrna, GA

Dr. Jody G. Ray

Senior Pastor

Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church

Marietta, GA

Andy Stanley

Founder and Pastor

North Point Ministries

Atlanta, GA

Pastor Sabin P. Strickland

Senior Pastor

Pleasant Hill Missionary 
Baptist Church

Roswell, GA

Pastor Woodrow Walker, II

Pastor and Founder

Cross Culture Church

Lithonia, GA

Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock

Senior Pastor

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Atlanta, GA

“Pray as though everything depends on God.
Work as though everything depends on you.”

– Saint Augustine

DOWNLOAD SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS 

The goal of the ATL Prayer Movement is to unite this city and our churches, and one of the best ways to spread the word is to post on social media. Below are pull-quote graphics specifically designed for social media platforms. We invite you to share them on your personal or business page and use the hashtags #PrayerForAtlanta and #ATLPrayer so we can rally support around the movement.

Contact 

We invite Atlanta churches to join the ATL Prayer Movement publicly by adding their name to the supporting churches list. For more information, fill out the contact form below.