It is a privilege to be able to pray on behalf of a fellow human being, a fellow child of God. It is a privilege to know that God allows us to be part of something in which we could never otherwise participate. I pray regularly for various groups and individuals all around the world. They struggle, as we all struggle, all the while unaware of the Light that shines through them, and of the Light that helps others, including me, to see God’s glory in the dust and strain. Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of prayer.
I have come to realise, recently, that my illness may prevent me from doing the things I long to do for God (as if any of us can do anything for God!) but that doesn’t mean my life on the periphery has any less use for Him. Prayer is something I can do even while resting. God has a use and a purpose for each one of us.
May it all be for His glory. Amen.
The whole notion of faction or party was thought by many to be wrong and unpatriotic. For an independent MP to arrive at the House of Commons, speak up for his constituency, vary his vote and mix it with all of the parties was therefore perfectly normal.
~ William Wilberforce: Life of the Great Anti-Slave-Trade Campaigner
by William Hague
Strange, isn’t it, how things change? From widespread slavery and votes for rich males only, but without factionism, to the 21st century votes for all but with factions deeply entrenched. I don’t think we have figured out democracy, even now. As Churchill reportedly said, democracy is just the least worst option. As followers of Jesus, the process of democracy must never become more than, or equal to, our desire for God. No political party or faction will ever be able to represent Christ. I guess we – prayerfully – stick with this ‘least worst’ attitude towards governance. I write with both the UK’s impending referendum on whether or not we stay in the European Union and the imminent US general election in mind.
Incidentally, what an inspiring man of faith was William Wilberforce! And William Hague (yes, that William Hague) writes surprisingly well.
The un-prayerful heart will always twist reality to its own liking.
~ Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Matthew 5:8 (NRSVA)