Sabbath Prayer: Week 4

 
“Lord, teach us to pray…”
(Luke 11:1)
 
As we mentioned three weeks ago, each summer we take a Sabbath break from the Word From Below reflections. Instead, we are inviting you to pray with us. (We will resume our normal Word From Below reflections in September).
 
Here are two prayers that have been helping form us in our call to develop incarnational leaders: The Prayer of Vocation grounds us in our particular call, and the Prayer of Discernment helps us discern the move of the Spirit at work in us and our network.
 
We invite you to pray one or both of these with us.
 
Prayer Request (Each week we offer a new prayer)
Next week, the City of Tshwane, South Africa’s administrative capital, becomes an urban studio for grassroots leaders, scholars and students. Key leaders from the Urban Training Collaborative are participating in the 11th annual Biennial Consultation on Urban Ministry. The theme is #WeMustRise: healers-dreamers-jesters. Please pray that this gathering empowers incarnational leaders in cities throughout Africa.
 
Praying
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
 
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
 
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.”
 
– Mary Oliver, Thirst
 
Grace and peace,
 
 
Joel Van Dyke
Director, Urban Training Collaborative
Guatemala City, Guatemala