by | Apr 12, 2023

How long, Oh Lord?

Racial tragedy comes with the familiar pit-in-the-stomach feeling of, “not again.” We hate that a kit like this is necessary. Until our Lord returns we expect bad things to happen. To help us lament and pray, we have compiled a list of resources that we hope help you the next time tragedy strikes.



Prayer: A Lament
Jamie Dunlop models a prayer of lament—crying out and asking God to do what we cannot.

Prayer: A Lament, Confession, and Petition
Jonathan Morgan gives us a model for prayer in these troubled times. This prayer was given at a protest in Washington, DC.

Resources to Process Killings like Ahmaud Arbery’s
Isaac Adams provides some resources for thinking and praying when we encounter horrible videos like the one of Ahmaud Arbery.

So You Watched that Horrible Video. Now What?
Austin Suter laments the recent videos in which black image-bearers lost their lives and offers suggestions for white Christians who have seen them..

Take My Breath Away
John Talley reacts to the killing of George Floyd and encourages Christians toward a biblical lamentation.

After a Racial Tragedy, People Will Mock Those who Prioritize Prayer. Pray Anyway.
Karen Ellis reminds us of the importance of prayer at all times, even now.



Horrible and Familiar: The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery
In this short episode, Austin and Isaac discuss the recent shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, and how the video of his death is tragically not the first of its kind.

Hope I Don’t Go Numb
Austin and Isaac respond to a recent string of tragedies. We lament and lean on God in prayer.



I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence.

—Psalm 91:2-3—


  • United? We Pray

    United? We Pray is a ministry to help Christians pray and think about racial strife. We want to encourage Christians amid the strife to rely upon God in prayer. So our prayers can be informed, we strive to learn and write about race, racism and its effects, and theology. We aim to be biblical, beneficial, and clear in all our efforts. While we’re burdened for all racial strife, we focus on racial strife between Christians because of the unique privilege and stewardship God has given his people: to bear witness to Him and to love all people, especially one another (Gal. 6:10).

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