This prayer closed out King's sermon 'Paul's Letter to American Christians' in which he 'uses the form of a New Testament Pauline epistle to challenge the American church.' The sermon was delivered on June 3, 1958, to the Commission on Ecumenical Missions and Relations, United Presbyterian Church, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although King considered the Bible as a whole as an authoritative source, he was primarily a New Testament preacher, and that part of the Bible figured prominently in the shaping of his attitude toward and habit of prayer as well. King Quotes Jude 1:24 and 25.
The Buoyancy of Hope
And now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling. And now until him who is able to lift us from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope. And now unto Him who is able to solve the race problem if we will cooperate with Him. And now unto Him who is able to transform this cosmic energy into constructive force. Now unto Him who is able to transform this midnight of injustice into a glowing daybreak of freedom and justice. To Him be power and authority, majesty and dominion, now, henceforth, and forever more.— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis V. Baldwin in Thou, Dear God: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits