Prayer is Social

“Prayer is participation in the relationships of the triune God. . . . In praying for others we find that we are being pulled into a zone of interconnection. Prayer is supremely social. We are swept into a current in which nothing is separated from anything else, no one from anyone else. . . . Intercessory prayer is an experience of connectedness and mutuality, because it is praying ‘in God’ who lives in relationships. In intercession we meet others in the perichoresis, the divine dance of Father, Son, and Spirit. As the letter to the Hebrews puts it, Christ ‘always lives to make intercession’ for us (Hebrews 7.25), echoing the words of the Apostle Paul that ‘Christ . . . who is at the right hand of God . . . intercedes for us’ (Romans 8.34); this Son communicates eternally with the Father, not in order to plead a case for us as a kind of lawyer in heaven, but so that we can lean upon the prayers he makes and make this movement of prayer our own. We enter into the life of prayer already going on within the communion of God’s being; we pray to the Father, through the Son, and in the Spirit. This is why the everlasting God ‘has time for us’.”

— from Participating in God by Oxford don Paul Fiddes

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