An Uprising

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To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.
~Karl Barth

 

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There is much shouting and gnashing of teeth going on in our country right now.  Some from the streets, some from computer keyboards and screens, and some from inside the halls of government and a certain white house.

We need to stop shouting and clasp hands in prayer.

Prayer is always easier for the youngest among us.  It can be amazingly spontaneous for kids — an outright exclamation of joy, a crying plea for help, a word of unprompted gratitude.   As a child I can remember making up my own songs and monologues to God as I wandered alone in our farm’s woods, enjoying His company in my semi-solitude.  I’m not sure when I began to silence myself out of self-conscious embarrassment, but I stayed silent for many years, unwilling to put voice to the prayers that rattled in my head.  In my childhood, prayer in public schools had been hushed into a mere and meaningless moment of silence, and intuitively I knew silence never changed anything.  The world became more and more disorderly in the 60’s and 70’s and in my increasingly indoctrinated mind, there was no prayer I could say that would make a difference either.

How wrong could I and my education be?  Nothing can right the world until we are right with God through talking to Him out of our depth of need and fear.  Nothing can right the world until we submit ourselves wholly, bowed low, hands clasped, eyes closed, articulating the joy, the thanks, and the petitions weighing on our hearts.

An uprising is only possible when our voice comes alive, unashamed, unselfconscious, rising up from within us, uttering words that beseech and thank and praise.  To rise up with hands clasped together calls upon a power needing no billions and no weapons and no walls ~ only the Word ~ to overcome and overwhelm the shambles left of our world.

Nothing can be more victorious than the Amen, our Amen, at the end.

So be it and so shall it be.

Amen, and Amen again.

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5 thoughts on “An Uprising

  1. Yes! I had never thought of praying as an uprising before–I love that! Your post also reminded me (again–I’ve been practicing this a lot lately!) of Ann Voskamp’s “eucharisteo”, which always precedes the miracle! Praise always precedes the miracle, so I’ve been remembering to praise and thank God for His grace and mercy and faithfulness, and His careful watch over us and His world, before I start my petitions about the state we’re all in. In lesser things, I’ve been discovering that many miracles HAVE been occurring as my praises have come first–or else I’ve just been more observant, watching for His answers–which seldom arrive in the way I expected or had outlined for Him! He has to keep reminding me that His ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts.

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  2. What an inspiring post, and the pictures are equally majestic! Thank you for this daily reminder of how important prayer is…

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