King recited this prayer at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, on November 17, 1957, after preaching on "Loving Your Enemies."
Let Us Join Together in a Great Fellowship of Love
Oh, God, help us in our lives and in all of our attitudes to work out this controlling force of love, this controlling power that can solve every problem that we confront in all areas. Oh, we talk about politics; we talk about the problems facing our atomic civilization. Grant that all men will come together and discover that as we solve the crisis and solve these problems – the international problems, the problems of atomic energy, the problems of nuclear energy, and yes, even the race problem – let us join together in a great fellowship of love and bow down at the feet of Jesus. Give us this strong determination. In the name and spirit of this Christ, we pray. Amen.— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis V. Baldwin in Thou, Dear God, Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits