My prayers are especially for the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ. For if the Church is set right, the lost will automatically be saved – as revival history attests.
A. First, I pray for three revaluations within the Church:
1. Devalue self, envalue Christ (in self & others)
* To de-emphasize personal
achievement and the ‘resumé mentality’, and strive instead to affirm
others in their accomplishments (Ro. 12:15; 1 Th. 2:19-20)
* To strive for Christian works which are truly “Christ’s work through me”, not “My works for Christ”. (Romans 15:17-18, Luke 17:10)
* To derive satisfaction in the accomplishment, whether or not Christ chooses to accomplish through me.
2. Devalue and de-emphasize man’s construction, envalue and appreciate God’s creation
* Our works can never
match God’s. There is no comparison between a house and a living
tree – yet we destroy whole forests to build houses!
* Our ultimate job was to care for God’s creation, not to reshape it in our preferred image.
* Consider the doctor’s role in the healing process. The doctor does not heal the body -- rather, the doctor creates conditions so that the body can heal itself. Our role vis-à-vis the environment should be of a similar nature -- but currently, it is not so. We create environments which require continual chemical and mechanical intervention. Our lawns and gardens always need fertilizing, weed- and bug-killing, mowing, and watering. We do not create self-sustaining natural environments, because we are dissatisfied with what comes naturally: this is characteristic of our entire lives (Proverbs 27:20), not just our treatment of the environment.
* Instead of paving over everything, we should make way for God to express His glory through His living creation.
* We need to rearrange our lives so that we require far less infrastructure: and then tear down unnecessary buildings, rip up excess concrete, and return to life and nature as much of our surroundings as possible.
3. Devalue and de-emphasize possession, envalue and take joy in sharing & efficient use of resources
* ‘Man’s life does not consist
in the abundance of his possessions’ (Luke 12:15).
* To share means to make good, efficient use of God-given resources (Matthew 25:21).
* The results of efficient sharing are: Simplicity of lifestyle, clarity of thought, removal of distractions (Mark 4:19), proper alignment of priorities (Matthew 6:33).
B. Second, I pray for an overall restructuring of the Church
The Church must become a
community within the community, not a separate community. ‘Churches’
as we know them should cease to exist. Instead, they should be replaced
by a network of groupings of believers; where each community (i.e. neighborhood,
workplace, interest group, etc) should have its own believer group or groups
(1 Tim. 2:8; Matthew 5:13-15) which meet, worship, pray, and support
each other as a part of (and not apart from) their daily life’s activity
(Heb. 3:13, 10:24-25, Gal. 6:2).
C. Third, I pray for a motivational and sociological revolution in science and technology, to be spearheaded by the Church.
* No more science for
science’s sake. This has destroyed science, just as art for art’s
sake has destroyed art.
* Science and technology driven by a vision for positive spiritual change:
* Scientific inquiry moved by compassion and concerned awareness of human needs and environmental possibilities
> The desert shall bloom like the rose (Isaiah 35:1-2).
> Springs in the desert (Isaiah 41:17-20)
* Technology which truly extends human potential, and enables us to live in right relation to world: (Isaiah 11:6-9)
* Scientific and technical
learning via the discipleship or atelier model -- a “waterfall” approach
to technical education where young people learn, and then immediately teach
to the next level what they have learned. Implement this especially
in the Third World.
* Practicing scientists and engineers educating students on a regular basis (semester sabbaticals), especially in the Third World.
* Retreat centers where scientists and engineers can withdraw for inspiration, but also to have contact with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, to encourage them in science.
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