Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers
"Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do." --from the Introduction ^^Activists Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove show...
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"Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do." --from the Introduction
^^Activists Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove show how prayer and action must go together. Their exposition of key Bible passages provides concrete examples of how a life of prayer fuels social engagement and the work of justice. Phrases like "give us this day our daily bread" and "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" take on new meaning when applied to feeding the hungry or advocating for international debt relief.
^^If you hope to see God change society, you must be an ordinary radical who prays - and then is ready to become the answer to your own prayers.
"Jonathan and Shane, contemplative activists, humble prophets, and sincere lovers of humanity and God, provoke a new way of understanding prayer. Avoiding the tendency to reduce prayer to 'three easy steps' or trite formulas, Jonathan and Shane press the integrity of our prayer lives by challenging us to live into our prayerfulness. Rather than suggesting prayer as wishful thinking or hopefulness wrapped around memorized bedtime recitations,Becoming the Answer to Our Prayersrecovers the essence of truly prayerful life--it's the recovery of a sacrificial embodiment of our prayers. God's answer to our prayers might be as close, or as far away, as our willingness to be available as part of the solution. Jonathan and Shane make this simple truth accessible and available, inspiring us to an authentic prayer life--a life lived to answer prayers."
Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President and most recently Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, and with John Perkins Follow Me to Freedom: Leading as an Ordinary Radical is a prominent activist and sought after speaker. He is one of the founding members of The Simple Way, a community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association, and in his down-time is quite a dynamic circus performer.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (M.Div., Duke Divinity School) is director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a member of the Rutba House new monastic community. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond, Free to be Bound, New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, and most recently God's Economy:Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel, and the co-author of Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism. He is also the coeditor of School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Catch up with him at newmonasticism.org.
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- Part I--the Lord's Prayer
- Ch. 1 An Invitation To Beloved Community
- Ch. 2 Begging For God’s Economy
- Ch. 3 Temptations Along The Way
- Part Ii--john 17
- Ch. 4 Love And Unity For The Sake Of The World
- Ch. 5 Praying As A Peculiar People
- Part Iii--ephesians 1:15-23
- Ch. 6 Growing Deeper In Spiritual Wisdom
- Ch. 7 Receiving Our Inheritance
- About The Authors (and Their Communities)