It’s been a few weeks since I’ve wrote on a chapter of Mae Cannon’s Just Spirituality but today I have the time to write and reflect on chapter 2 of. The person of focus is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the spiritual discipline of interest is prayer. German Pastor, Theologian, and resistance leader- Bonhoeffer was seeped in prayer even in his imprisonment. Many would ask, why pray? Bonhoeffer said, “God’s name, God’s kingdom, God’s will, must be the primary object of Christian prayer” (45).
Bonhoeffer is probably one of the most inspiring people I have had the opportunity to study, read, and reflect on. The willingness to suffer, speak out when silenced, and continue in prayer during the final years of his life in Nazi prisons and concentration camps. I have seen nowhere near the suffering of Nazi Germany, but I do know that we must be willing, as Christians, to resist unjust policies and laws if they go against the Bible’s call to love our neighbors and seek justice for the oppressed.
As Christians we can do nothing without the empowerment and work of Jesus Christ in our lives. Prayer is a vehicle that helps us connect in relationship for the work of God’s will and kingdom in our lives. Praying through Scripture and examining our hearts and lives daily are important to our vitality and effectiveness in ministering and witnessing to others. Let us continue to know God more through our times in communication with him!