"Prayer is a symptom, a sign, of the mystery: the fact that heaven and earth actually mingle together. There are times when they interlock; there are places where they overlap. To pray, in this sense, is to claim a time and place — it can be anywhere, any time — as one of those times, one of those places."
I like that--the mystery is Heaven and Earth mingling together, NOT the act of prayer itself. Despite being a mystery junkie, I really don't care about the details of how Heaven and Earth meet--I only care that it's possible. This is why I pray.
Jesus modeled this for us, in what is commonly called, the Lord's Prayer: "May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."
Or as John Ortberg rephrased it, "Make up there come down here."
Our world desperately needs an intersection where Heaven and Earth meet, and Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross has made this possible. Now, as His redeemed, we can participate in these intersections any time, any place, each time we bow our hearts in prayer.
- Where do you need to see an Heaven to Earth intersection in your life?
- When and where do you take the time to pray? What has been the effect in your world?
- Can you think of a time when you have been an intersection between Heaven and Earth for someone else?