Nov 302013

thumbnail.aspxGod of all our times:

We have known since the day of our birth that our primal task is to grow to basic trust in you,

to rely on you in every circumstance,

to know that you would return when you are away,

to trust that in your absence you will soon be present,


to be assured that your silence bespeaks attentiveness and not neglect,

to know that in your abiding faithfulness, “all will be well and all will be well.”

We do trust in you: we are named by your name, and bonded in your service.

We are among those who sing your praise and who know of your deep faithfulness.

You, you, however, are not easy to trust:

We pray against a closed sky;

our hopes reduced to auto-suggestion;

our petitions are more habit than hope;

our intercessions are kindly gestures of well-being.

Sometimes more, many times not, because your silence and absence, your indifference and tardiness are glaring among us.

We are drawn to find lesser gods,

easier loyalties,

many forms of self-trust … that do not even fool us.

We pray for new measures of passion, for fresh waves of resolve, for courage, energy, and freedom, to be our true selves … waiting in confidence, and while waiting, acting our life toward you in your ways of forgiving generosity.

We pray in the name of Jesus who trusted fully, and who is himself fully worthy of our trust. Amen.

Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 48). Kindle Edition.

  10 Responses to “Prayer & Praise”

  1. Things seem to be escalating a bit in Kiev.
    Please keep them in prayer.

  2. Will be praying, London.

    Prayer request here.
    I was able to talk on twitter this morning with Barnabas Piper, John Piper’s son and I was able to share the #freesaeed event and ask them to consider it.
    Pray that they might share this with those who follow them.

  3. Thanks Derek,
    There’s over a million people in Independence Square and some that are seeking refuge in St. Michael’s church. Can’t quite understand everything that’s going on cause I’m having to Google translate various friend’s FB pages.
    Hoping to skype soon with my Ukrainian “little brother” and see if I can get a better handle on what’s happening.
    His church did send out a statement that they are standing with the protestors and that people should not remain silent (if google translated it correctly).

  4. Skyping now- he says that what they are doing is praying, and going to the protest sites to minister to people who have been beaten or who have needs of food, coats, etc

  5. Sounds like good things to be praying for. Thank you for sharing!

  6. It’s pretty bad over there right now.

  7. Praying, London.

  8. I am thanking God for his people tonight

  9. Me too, Dread!
    Pray for this whole effort everyone, that the Glory of God would shine through, prison bars would part and people would be changed.

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