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Prayer is energy, intention, power. Prayer is you coming to the end of you, which is when it gets really interesting. Prayer is you directing your best towards someone else’s best. rob bell: What is the Bible? Part 73

To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world. Karl Barth

The proper response to demonic possession is exorcism. You don’t make friends with a demon. You cast it out. Those who have been dominated don’t need to sympathize with their oppressor, they need liberty. The practice of expelling demons is about judging the fallen powers for what they are and extricating yourself from their influence.We are so deeply locked in and bought in to the Domination System that we don’t see it. We’re fish, and demonic enslavement is our water. It’s everywhere, in everything, and so we are blind to it… Never Pray Again

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who declarest thy glory and showest forth thy handiwork in the heavens and in the earth; Deliver us, we beseech thee, in our several callings, from the service of mammon, that we may do the work which thou givest us to do, in truth, in beauty, and in righteousness, with singleness of heart as thy servants, and to the benefit of our fellow men; for the sake of him who came among us as one that serveth, thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. For Every Man in His Work

We come closer to reincarnating Nazi Germany through the taping of Donald Sterling’s private conversation than we do through prayer at a town hall meeting, but few are crying foul over the intrusion of privacy in our lives. Whenever we see another headline about all the ways in which our government is spying on its everyday citizens, there is a collective national yawn. About that Supreme Court Ruling on Ceremonial Prayers

Reciting a ceremonial prayer does not make a person any more a Christian than slipping into lacy panties from Victoria Secrets makes a person a runway model. About that Supreme Court Ruling on Ceremonial Prayers

The most sacrilegious statement that politicians make is when they end their speeches by saying “God bless America,” because they aren’t really talking to God and they aren’t really asking for America’s blessing. They’re using God’s name in vain to anoint their own legitimacy. Democrats and Republicans alike do this. Christians who care about the dignity of God’s name should be actively protesting its blasphemy in civil “religious” events. Maybe if the plaintiffs in the next government prayer lawsuit were all Christians protesting the sabotage of our secret conversations with God, then the Supreme Court will reconsider its ruling. Would Jesus pray at a city council meeting?

The great paradox of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them. This paradox becomes visible in very ordinary situations. If we cling to our friends, we may lose them, but when we are nonpossessive in our relationships, we will make many friends. When fame is what we seek and desire, it often vanishes as soon as we acquire it, but when we have no need to be known, we might be remembered long after our deaths. When we want to be in the center, we easily end up on the margins, but when we are free enough to be wherever we must be, we find ourselves often in the center. Giving away our lives for others is the greatest of all human arts. This will gain us our lives. Henri Nouwen

Human relationships easily become possessive. Our hearts so much desire to be loved that we are inclined to cling to the person who offers us love, affection, friendship, care, or support. Once we have seen or felt a hint of love, we want more of it. That explains why lovers so often bicker with each other. Lovers’ quarrels are quarrels between people who want more of each other than they are able or willing to give. It is very hard for love not to become possessive because our hearts look for perfect love and no human being is capable of that. Only God can offer perfect love. Therefore, the art of loving includes the art of giving one another space. When we invade one another’s space and do not allow the other to be his or her own free person, we cause great suffering in our relationships. But when we give another space to move and share our gifts, true intimacy becomes possible. Henri Nouwen

I pray for courage to mourn so that I may be strengthened. There is much to mourn, for we feel grief not only for the physical death of one we love or admire. I mourn for the loss of dreams and the presence of nightmare…Until I can mourn the loss of a dream I cannot be comforted enough to have vision for a fresh one. Madeleine L’Engle

Care is something other than cure. Cure means “change.” A doctor, a lawyer, a minister, a social worker-they all want to use their professional skills to bring about changes in people’s lives. They get paid for whatever kind of cure they can bring about. But cure, desirable as it may be, can easily become violent, manipulative, and even destructive if it does not grow out of care. Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am. When care is our first concern, cure can be received as a gift. Often we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care. To care is to be human. Henri Nouwen

What does it mean to be a Christian in a world that is crucifying the poor and the environment on the same cross? Hear the prayers of the people. Hear, oh God, the prayers of the people. What does it mean to be a Christian when we bail out our banking class with 400 billion dollars, yet allow those banks to kick Americans out of their homes? Homes that cost too much because of financial speculation on the housing market. Occupy Breakfast

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