Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers

November 17, 2008

Too often believers waffle between one of two extremes: either we charge out to solve the world’s problems in own strength and eventually burn out, or we fervently pray for God to do something about all those troubles “out there” while we enjoy another latte on the couch.

In their new book, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, activists Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove show us that prayer and action are inextricably tied—-you can’t have one without the other.

Through the exposition of key Bible passages they provide concrete examples of how a life of prayer fuels social engagement as well as the work of justice. Biblical phrases such as “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, become an ordinary radical who prays—-and then is ready to become the answer to your own prayers.

“When we pray to God asking, “Why don’t you do something?” we hear a gentle whisper respond, “I did do something. I made you.” Prayer is important. Just as important is the call to become the answer to our prayers.”

–from the Introduction

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