This morning I fully intended to go on a 6:30am prayer walk through Cambridge, with other Christians who are going to the Zero Carbon Society’s march for divestment in Cambridge tomorrow. When the message came through about the prayer walk yesterday, I got excited: it’s so great to be able to commit to our Creator the things we are doing to look after his creation and the people in it.
However, note the word ‘intended’. Despite setting my alarm for 5:45, I found myself waking up at 6:34. Four whole minutes later than the time I was meant to be at Parkers’ Piece, ready to pray. Classic Hannah.
So as you can see, I prayed in my room, alone, remembering those (more organised/awake people) praying out in the early morning air as they walked the route for the march.
I learned again just how great the gift of prayer is – we get to communicate with God, lift up to him the cries of our hearts and the efforts of our days. Particularly as I prayed for only one thing (the march), I realised just how much we can learn to be prayerfully dependent on God, trusting him with all the aspects of an event: safety and peace; unity; the attitudes of our hearts; clarity of communication; the result of our protest; that God would break our hearts for what breaks his.
God cares and he listens, and we have the opportunity to dwell in his presence and commit to him those things that concern us, letting his voice transform our hearts. It’s fantastic.
I just wanted to share something from towards the end of my prayer-time for the divestment march (I tried to time it alongside the time during which those out in Cambridge were praying). I began to pray through the lens of Micah 6:8, which reads ‘seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with our God’.
Seek justice: God longs to see our world put to rights, injustice eradicated. May we seek the justice that resides in his heart, gaining both the wisdom of the vision he has for the world, and the courage of his confidence to go out and seek justice practically. May our hearts beat more and more in time with his, becoming reflections and overspills of his fiery love.
Love mercy: God has been merciful to us, in reconciling us to himself. May we be merciful in reflection of this grace, seeking justice and campaigning with a gentleness and a humility that is open to seeing all hearts return to him. May we not be condemnatory of those whose opinions differ; instead give us the humility to be a voice for the voiceless in the best way that we can.
Walk humbly with our God: we are smaller than God; he is far, far greater than us. Perhaps an apt phrasing for a march, these words remind us to step alongside God with humility, in awe of who he is. They remind us that it is not for our own name that we seek justice and love mercy, but for his – we walk to bring him glory and for the sake of his world. (Have a listen to: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fsK_vUHCJso)
So that’s a prayer shared, something that’s encouraged me for tomorrow’s march and for future work for justice.
For more details on why we are doing what we are doing tomorrow: https://justlovecambridge.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/can-we-get-100-christians-marching-for-divestment/