Praying Against Sexism and Racism In the Church

31 Days of Supernatural Encounters | by Jamie Rohrbaugh | free devotional series on FromHisPresence.comFor Day 20 of our 31 days of supernatural encounters (series index here), we are talking about two issues that I believe are breaking the heart of God: the issues of sexism and racism in the church. So, we are going to minister to His heart through our intercession.

Read: Revelation 7:9-17

Know:

Beloveds, racism is a very real problem. And it’s just as real inside the Church as it is anywhere else.

Sexism is just as much of a problem.

My heart is broken about this.

There’s no question that racism and sexism anywhere break God’s heart.

But I especially believe that sexism and racism in the Church break God’s heart in an even more agonizing way–because, after all, isn’t the Church the one place that, logically speaking, should be free of these issues?

After all, in the world, there are sinners and they sin. It’s horrible and there’s no excuse for it, and we have to work and pray to change those people’s hearts and work against that sin.

But in the Church, shouldn’t the sanctified, saved people of God be free from this sin–since they are, in fact, free from ALL sin and not obligated by a sin-nature to sin at all?

Beloveds, racism has no place in the world.

None. Zero. And it has even less place in the Church. The same can be said for sexism.

Yet I see these two things (racism and sexism) all the time. Don’t you? I don’t think it’s always on purpose, although sometimes it might be. I don’t know. But it shows up anyway, even if people have no idea they’re agreeing with it.

  • It shows up when conference lineups consist entirely of white males.
  • It shows up when people of minority ethnic groups are pointed out in the church pews as if they are trophies.
  • It shows up when women are only invited to be speakers at a well-decorated luncheon, but not invited to preach with “the big boys.”
  • It shows up when men are called “faithful” for answering God’s call, but women are called “Jezebels” for answering God’s call.
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And it’s horrible. It’s an abomination.

The Bible doesn’t support it. If you read the whole Bible, in context, you will see that the Bride of Christ consists of people from every nation, every tongue, every tribe, every kindred, every people.

The Bride of Christ consists of people from the four corners of the earth.

And the Bride of Christ consists of both male and female, both participating in and ministering to the Body EQUALLY.

That’s what the Bible says, if you read the whole thing, and read it in context.

This morning, I was hit with a spirit of intercession about this, and haven’t been able to stop praying about it.

I don’t want to stop praying about it.

Jesus died for all people. He loves both men and women and ALL ethnic groups. And it’s high time our churches start looking like it looks in Heaven.

Would you join me in interceding about these issues?

Intercession ministers directly to the heart of Jesus, because it gives Him permission to work on the earth in the way He wants to work. It’s obvious from Scripture that He wants us all to be one, and to dwell in unity.

So will you help me pray for the elimination of sexism and racism in the Church, so Jesus can move powerfully as He desires to do?

As you pray, look at Jesus in your mind’s eye and see how racial division hurts Him. See how sexist mentalities hurt Him. And pray not out of spite or revenge against people, but out of love and compassion for the broken heart of your Beloved.

Pray this:

“Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus’ name. Father God, I see the issues of racism and sexism in the Church, and it breaks my heart. But more importantly, Father, I know these issues break Your heart–and they break the heart of Jesus.

Father God, please have mercy. Change the hearts of Your people. Call this issue to the attention of every believer in Christ. Highlight this issue in our minds across the whole Body, Lord.

Father, bring conviction by Your Holy Spirit.

Show each of us every place that we have embraced the lies of sexism and racism that the enemy has sown in our midst. An enemy has done this, Father, and so I ask that You would send Your holy angels to root it out.

Father, I plead for racial equality in the Church. I plead for gender equality in the Church. I pray that You would raise up women to their rightful place in the Church. And I pray that You would integrate the Church, so that no longer would we be separated by race, tribe, or nationality.

Father, let unity come. Let forgiveness come. Let healing happen across racial lines and gender lines. Let the color line and the gender line be washed away by the blood of Jesus.

Have mercy, God, and change our hearts–and give us a burden to keep interceding until we see unity in the Church manifest in every way.

Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Listen:

Listen to Jason Upton sing “Glory Come Down,” and pray that God’s fire would fall and His wind would blow on all of our hearts in His Body, to bring racial and gender unity like Jesus died for us to have.


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17 Comments

  1. Roger Ramjattan says:

    Much needed word to the Body Of Christ

  2. Rebecca L Jones says:

    I remember telling you that a long time ago, although I taught Bible Study,I really never ministered. I know now why some men have absolutely shut me down and even been cruel. They don’t rightly divide or want to admit insecurity. I can’t count the times I say it’s not about men versus women. And I even read about an old lady who died not knowing Jesus, she would not let a black minister pray for her.

  3. May God answer our prayers in Christ Jesus’ name we pray Amen

  4. Yes Jamie, I’ll stand in agreement with you. I’m from the deep south. I remember back in the early 80’s me and my two siblings would stay with my dad in St. Louis for the summer.

    My father was in an interracial marriage, to a beautiful woman, inside and out, and the first time I ever saw (with my own eyes) different cultures sitting under the same roof and serving God, really shocked me (but I was only 10). So, I never really had a problem with different cultures, because I have different “races” in my family and I love them all.

    Now since I’m older, I know it was God perfect plan for my life and my family, because He has work for me to do. And His work, includes everybody who willing to accept Him. Yes, I’ll stand. Amen!

  5. God help your people show them we are all equal before you. Do away racism and sexism in our church in Jesus name.

  6. Yes Jamie I will help you out as it is not a good thing at all.

  7. In Jesus name we pray God do away with racism and sexism in our church

  8. I have just recently come across your site. I don’t know if you count Mormons christian or not, but I believe that God will wake up every church that claims to believe in him, to come to repentance of racism and sexism and that includes Mormons. Regardless of theological differences, I truly believe what you write here in prayers, and will remember this site and keep them in my heart always. You have helped me in a time of spiritual need as I do have disagreements with my church on the very basis of sexism I see that shouldn’t be apart of it. Thank you for this. I will pray with you. I certainly hope one day I can see Christ bring unity between all churches. It may not mean that we all agree 100% on the nature of God, but it could very well mean we all work together and as “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” and also that “There is no bond nor free, male nor female, Jew nor gentile but all are one in Christ.”

    1. I do not consider Mormons to be Christians, as we do not serve the same God. But I do very much believe that God cares about all Mormons.
      Thanks for reading!

  9. But forgive the typo of the second verse as I was paraphrasing. Thanks again for writing these things on this site.

  10. Yes Jamie! I will stand with you. I’m so heartbroken on how the devil is trying to continue his division with us. I stand with you my sister in the Lord.

  11. As a woman of color, it truly saddens me to see the ever increasing chaos, coupled with contempt that some of us have for others because of our gender and race.
    This verse comes to mind, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I feel we must be careful where we place our attention at this time.
    I look towards Abba for guidance, cover and protection.
    I pray for peace.

  12. In the body of Christ there is no distinction between color or race. It is God’s own wisdom that He made us with different race but with the same blood. The blood of Jesus is for every tribe and kindred, race and sex and so as children of God we should always be bold to condemn any act which is contrary to the Word of God. Abba Father will deal with us if we don’t speak the truth, if we want to please our fellow men instead of God. All our fingers are not equal, each has a purpose to be used at the right time. We all have to show love because God is love.

  13. Wanquita Nettles says:

    Thank you, Jaime. I have been following your ministry for about a year now. Your blog about racism and sexism in the church hit home. As a woman of color, I’ve seen both of these sins played out in the church and society. We are currently living in uncertain times with the pandemic and unrest over recent killings that may have been filed by racism. Thank you for your stand against all injustices. You are a blessing to the Body of Christ.

  14. What a meaningful statement and re-posting of this prayer against racism and respect to persons. The Lord God calls it sin…. James 2:9. Those who have been disenfranchised and marginalized should be woven into the quality of life God has planned for them. No more hatred to one another because of skin color or the texture of one’s hair. 2020 is a year of reckoning with the Lord God Almighty. I will definitely support your ministry Jamie….Phyllis

  15. Elizabeth Tuinidau says:

    Praise God !Thank you Lord for teaching me tbrough this area.It really hurts me alot.I prayed this prayer also.Thank you Lord ,thank you Father.Powerful song of worship.

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