This past Thursday the annual London prayer breakfast was held virtually. It was the 25th anniversary of this event which began in 1996 to unite the Christian community together in prayer for the city of London and to foster growth in our common Christian faith. This year it was once again sponsored by CCNL (Christian Churches Network of London). The organizing team pointed out this: “Over the years, thousands of Londoners from a variety of ages, cultures, denominations, positions and racial backgrounds have participated...” in the prayer breakfast.
This year the well-known author and activist Shane Claiborne was the guest speaker. He reflected on the connection between prayer and our acting on them by focussing our attention on the question: ‘How might we become the answer to our prayer?’ Referencing the miracle of the multiplication of loaves in John 6, Claiborne emphasized that like the boy in this episode “we get to be part of the miracle.” In our prayers, we too get to be part of the answer to prayer.
In line with that theme, here are some random quotes that I collected from Claiborne’s talk Thursday morning:
When it comes to some of those on the margins of our society and the disadvantaged in our world: “Our biggest problem may not be a compassion problem but a proximity problem.”
“Sometimes we are waiting on God to act but God may be waiting on us!”
“If we ask God to move a mountain, He might give us a shovel.”
“How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?”
“They will not know we are Christians by our bumper stickers and our t-shirts but by our love.”
If you are interested in reading more of Shane Claiborne and his thoughts on prayer, you may check out his book “Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals.” -EGN