Prayer as Worship and Mission

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18 )

Tom Wright is a leading New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop. In his book titled, The Meaning of Jesus, he reminds us that God does not stand aloof from the pain of the church and hence from the pain of the world.

“Rather, God is present in the church, calling forth prayer, even inarticulate prayer, precisely at the place of the world’s pain. Thus, the church is called to be for the world what Jesus was for Israel: not just a moral lecturer, nor even a moral example, but the people who, in obedience to God’s strange vocation, learn to suffer and pray at the place where the world is in pain, so that the world may be healed.”

“And this healing takes place both in the future, when God remakes heaven and earth, and here and now, in those strange moments of healing that, though unpredictable and sometimes open to challenge, catch us by surprise as moments of true revelation. Such prayer is thus both worship and mission. Whether the healing that results is physical, mental, emotional, psychological, political, sociological, or whatever, when it happens we are awed and humbled.”

Excerpt From: Marcus J. Borg and N. T. Wright. The Meaning of Jesus.