Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Prayer and politics

Someone once remarked to me that if prayer is effective in realizing wishes, then we don't need political initiatives, movements, and changes in the current situation in Malaysia, or the world.

I think that prayer is not only submitting our earnest aspiration to God but also to invoke our sense of urgency and moral instinct while reckoning our own limitation and fallibility. So prayer is not only part of politics but itself is a political act.

In praying, we are acknowledging a higher authority than those who are ruling the society and nation. While praying, we are appealing to this higher power.
"To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world."
(Karl Barth, The Christian Life: Church Dogmatics IV.4)

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