Wow, its been quite awhile. A lot has happened over the last month in my life, which has been the reason for the absence in posts. But I have now gained some power, love, and sober-mindedness from living in the love of the Spirit of God. And so, it is time to be intentional about this being a blog with a legitimate focus on subversion, you know, everyday. So with that in mind, lets get back to subversion through prayer!
Returning to the passage in Matthew 21, we see that as soon as Jesus got done Hulk-ing out on everybody, he did the very next thing you would expect a pissed-off saviour to do: he healed people. Wait, that’s not what you would expect. But this was what Jesus was about; afflicting the comfortable, and comforting the afflicted. And the religious elite did exactly what you would expect the religious elite to do: they were pissed that He did amazing things.
Wait… Oh, wait, that is what most people expect the religious elite to do.
I don’t say that with joy. It is unfortunate that many of those who represent the “one’s who got it right”, at least in America, are the one’s who you could imagine in this situation getting mad at Jesus for healing people, muttering that they only came to get healed. Or getting mad at kids for yelling “Save us, Son of David”, cause they’re kids. They need to wait until they are older and have something of substance to contribute instead of just being loud. Please take them to Children’s Church. So like some today would possibly say to Jesus, they say “Do you hear what these are saying?” I can imagine Jesus saying with a you-really-don’t-hear-what-you-are-saying tinged “Yeah, yeah I do.” And then he quotes from a Psalm which says out of the mouth of babies you have prepared praise, and then leaves.
Cut to the chase. What’s this got to do with prayer?
Right. The Greek translation of the word praise is ainos, and it means a saying, proverb, praise, or something said out loud. So easily, you can see that Jesus, by defending the blind and lame by healing them (these disabilities were typically attributed to sin in their lives) and defending the children, he was saying that in My Father’s house, a house of prayer, even the ones you don’t welcome are welcome. In prayer, we must consider and defend those who are pushed down and oppressed by others. To further show this, when you look at this passage that Jesus quotes as translated in the Psalms, it reads more like “you make strength come from babies that silences the enemy and the avenger.” God’s strength resides in those without strength, and by defending those without strength in prayer and in action, we silence the oppressors. Subvert the powers today.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
The words of Jesus, Matthew 5:5