There is a song on Corinne Bailey Rae’s record The Sea that I am ways drawn to on Fairtrade Fortnight.
Love’s On Its Way is a prayer. It begins “Oh Father” confesses misunderstanding at the great mysteries, looks at the state of the world and then after more confession asks that her response to this world would not be just the prayer but the action of her life: -
“I want to be able to say that I did more than pray
I did more
Than just spend my money
Just writing letters
Than just going out marching
I did more than talking and saying the right thing
Wearing the right thing
It’s time for uprising...”
In many ways to pray is an easy thing. We can pray alone of in Church or in more full on prayer meetings that God would change the world. God wants more. We can give money too. The Irish, north and south, are great charity givers. Name the cause and we’ll send money. There are endless telethons, street collections, Church lunches, fundraising gigs and bungee jumps.
God wants more.
There are also an incredible amount of marches, internet campaigns and a creative fest of imaginative way to petition.
God wants more.
Corinne’s prayer is for uprising and that is what Jesus was about in his heralding in the Kingdom. We look to a day when prayers of petition, giving to charity or taking to the streets will all be unnecessary.
We look to a time when workers on a South African vineyard would sit under their very own vine as the Old Testament prophet said they would!
What Jesus was about when he asked us to pray “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done/On earth as it is in heaven...” is exactly what Corinne Bailey Rae is praying about on Loves On Its Way.
Pray that love is on its way is and then live the uprising that brings it in!