Moving Effectively in Kairos Prayer

(CC BY-SA 2.0) photo by  joiseyshowaa

(CC BY-SA 2.0) photo by joiseyshowaa

All of Scripture is an opportunity to interact with God. When we understand the centrality of prayer in our daily communion with Christ, then, laid like a transparent overlay on Scripture itself, we gain additional depths of understanding into His heart and nature. This in turn brings greater understanding of His purposes in every occasion. Ecclesiastes 3 is a great example. Here, the Preacher invites us to the mystery of divine rhythm:

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
     A time to plant and
     A time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
     A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
     A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
     A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
     A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
     A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
     A time for war and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NASB)

This is not simply a statement regarding the natural rhythms of life, but a confirmation that life itself is almost never static. The Holy Spirit is like water, wind, wine, fire. These are elemental forces, difficult to contain, measure or predict. Their influence moves, surges, ebbs and flows in apparently random ways, and perhaps could even be called chaotic or unknowable. And yet, au contraire, there is a rhythmic quality embedded within the uncertainty that we can know. Actually, we are meant to know. It is part of our birthright, this knowing.

Creation itself bears witness, as the macro speaks to both the personal and the corporate, beckoning us to contemplation. Seasonal movements of grace, revelation and relationship open windows of clarity into effective prayer. When we know the “live time”—the kairos, present priority of God—confidence enters our spirit like a gift of faith, yielding authority in prayer. We spend time with God, delighting in Him, priesting before Him, as the posture of our heart increasingly becomes an open, receptive question, “What time is it?”

Then we wait, expectantly, until He whispers back, “This is the time.”

What time? Silence? No, speaking. Dancing? No, mourning. Planting? No, uprooting. Okay, now we know. We pray to know, but once we know, we pray to release. We contend until we can decree. This is how we move in concert with God.

He knows the time(s), therefore we can also know.

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