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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Becoming the Answer to our prayers review

"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 introduction

The authors hit a home run here.

Written not by theologians (although great theology & biblical insights) but by activists who know from personal experience why prayer isn't just a good idea but essential in following Christ. They guys live it out daily in urban settings by choice. They could be in high-paying jobs or ministries. Instead, they are working with the least, the last and the lost to make a real difference in the poorest neighborhoods in Philly and Durham, NC.

At only 120 pages (and with great end notes), this won't take you long to read. But it will stay with you for quite a while.

They basically show how prayer and action go together. While that sounds like a no-brainer, ask yourself this question: how are you doing putting your actions and your prayers together?

"If we hope to see God change society, we must be ordinary radicals who pray--and then are ready to become the answers to our own prayers." Classic. A must-read.