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Jon Walker in his recent book, In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s Classic Work:  Life Together, quotes Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the importance of prayer…

Intercession means no more than to bring our brother into the presence of God, to see him under the Cross of Jesus as a poor human being and sinner in need of grace. Then everything in him that repels us falls away; we see him in all his destitution and need. His need and his sin become so heavy and oppressive that we feel them as our own, and we can do nothing else but pray. 

Walker writes that The Big Idea is…

Bonhoeffer says we need to set aside time every morning for Scripture meditation, prayer, and intercession. Meditating on scripture leads to prayer and praying the Word keeps us from becoming “the victims of our own emptiness.”

Walker added…

In prayer we receive God’s Word and follow it to where God leads, applying it to the details of our lives, in the tasks that and we do, in the decisions that we make, and to face-up to our sins and temptations, notes Bonhoeffer.

We talk to God about anything and everything, confident that he is interested in the details of our lives. 

…We close the door to outside distractions and open our lives before God. We allow him to be the source of of all our hopes, but Bonhoeffer notes we must also be ready to go and do what he tells us to go and to do.

We let God prioritize our day.

We listen as he directs us away from sin and temptation.

We draw from him the strength to do our work.

And we allow him to stretch our faith and mature us in to the image of Christ.

…We must learn to quietly center ourselves on God, peacefully, without agitation and anxiety.

…To be like Jesus…We must pray, not only to be intimate with the Father, but also because our prayers bring us into alignment with the Father.  

(Jon WalkerIn Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s Classic Work: Life Together, Chapter 18)

December 2012


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