So it is when the other on whom our silent regard is concentrated is once again God himself. For in this prayer of awareness we swing from intercession to worship and back again, we alternate between fellow man and God, the image of the symbol merges into the image of Christ, without any break in stillness. This is the gift of the Spirit, the beloved Go-Between, the opener of eyes and giver of life.
What part should intercessory prayer play in mission?
When thinking about prayer, Taylor wants us to understand that it should not be a separate discipline which sits on its own. For him, intercession and action melt into and overlap one another. The act of ‘keeping others in mind’ before God should naturally lead to engaging in acts of love and service towards them.
This idea of Taylor’s is very similar to the monastic idea of ‘contemplative activism’ – that prayer and action should sit naturally together and feed into one another. This interaction, between God, ourselves and others, creates the sparks which ignite and fuel our own sense of calling.
For Taylor, this dynamic movement between God, ourselves and others is ultimately the work of the Holy Spirit – the ‘Go-Between God’.
Some questions to ponder:
- How do you make time to pray for others in your mission context?
- Do you see intercession, mission and worship as separate practices, or as one interconnected whole?
- What are the sparks which fuel your own sense of vocation or calling to mission?