Prayer This Prayer With Me: Phrases (some adapted) from Willie James Jennings, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race

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God, dear God,

Enable us to know the world through the Bible and to know the Bible through the world, and in our knowing let us know intimately the deepest struggles and contradictions of the marginalized.

Make us question daily, why don’t they know us?

Move our snatches of time, move our actions, toward a depth of intimacy both unanticipated and startling.

Make us question daily, what is missing?

Make us question daily, why is the Christian life collectively anemic and ineffectual?

Make us question daily, what thwarts the deepest reality of the Christina social imagination?

Construct our lives to be lives of joining, belonging, connecting, and intimacy.

Draw others in our circle of concern.

Let there be – let there be microcosms of the great transformation.

Bring us patiently to the present moment to listen quietly and patiently to voices rarely heard, to ask questions about things only now entering the horizon of reflection and reality.

Help us seek a deeper soil, a deeper soil which is not easily unearthed.

Amen.  And amen.

Pray This Prayer With Me: Phrases From Jennifer Compton’s Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News

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God,

Assure me I can walk another path.

Raise the sheltered child still within me.

Make me hop out of the back seat of my life.

Enable me to listen to myself (perhaps for the first time), and not to others who tell me who I must be or should be.

Don’t let me be silenced.

Don’t let me be overcome by fear.

And God get on this prayer because I’m feeling a storm moving in.

Amen.