A Prayer for LGBTQ Youth Prayer Day

June 30 is the National Day of Prayer for LGBTQ+ Youth, when people from across faith traditions will unite to pray for the safety, well-being, and flourishing of LGBTQIA+ youth. Will you pray with us?

God in heaven,

On this and every day, we pray that you remind our young people that they are always loved by you, held by you, and kept by you. We pray that they feel surrounded by your presence and they feel your constant grace, compassion, and mercy. Remind them that you love them, just as you created them to be and that nothing they do, no one that they love, and certainly not who you created them to be can ever separate them from your love. Lord, we pray that you order the steps of our young people. Remind them that you know the plans that you have for them, plans to give them hope and a future. And give them the strength to press on each and every day, fulfilling those plans and making this world a more loving, gracious, and caring world…on earth as it is in heaven.

In Jesus’ name,


Shay Nelson (they/them) offered this prayer. Shay lives in Columbus, OH, with their amazing wife/best friend. Together they have one son (who is currently attending their alma mater, Howard University), two very goofy puppies, and one rotten cat. During the day, Shay is a small business and nonprofit attorney, and at night, they are a struggling blues-rock guitar and bass player, avid sci-fi reader, and introvert.

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