17
Apr
09

Inspiring A Prophetic Community….Prayer

“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” K Barth

“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” K Barth

It was the prominent theologian Karl Barth who said “to clasp the hands in prayer is beginning of an uprising” against the disorder of the world”. This morning and afternoon we looked at the role of prophetic prayer in the inspiration of prophetic communities. I guess  the very first thing we need to asses is what does it mean to prophetic…when we asked the crowd we got the usual series of answers; predicting the future, proclaiming the good news, speaking gods favour and many others but have we not limited our view of prophecies, have we not filtered it down to less than it is…I believe prophecy was all this things and so much more. Paul in say of prophecy when in 1 Corinthians 14: 3-4 he says to us “But someone prophesying is speaking to people, edifying, encouraging and comforting them. A person speaking in a tongue does edify himself, but a person prophesying edifies the congregation.” (Jewish New Testament)

So we have to wise up an say that when prophecy is biased like the KKK did against the blacks and the Dutch Reformed Church did in South Africa. I think that a good rule as borrowed from  Ron Willoughby that if its biased then we should consider the implications of that message. Prophecy should bring the good news of God’s hope.

Prayer is one of the most well written, well studied aspects of Christian life and so to gain a fuller understating I think we have to come to easy, loose understanding of the prayer…so lets say prayer it is CONVERSATION with God. Its is from here that we will draw on one the most famous lessons on prayer to gain out understanding of what it means to be a prophetic praying community.

You know the Lords Prayer have you ever really paid attention to it…I know for most of walk I have just seen it as a prayer that we all pray one that I guess I only pay lip service to it and never really considered it important to really understanding what it means to pray. I think in my reflection that we are great at praying the second half  of the Lords Prayer “Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” But when it comes to the second part we really struggle, when it comes to “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We really struggle because we all struggle with God’s will…knowing it, living it and being it.

I think it important to understand the nature of those two great challenges if we are to fully understand the role of prayer in our life as prophetic community who want to build a better world we need to grapple with these two great truths.

 

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