12. Speed Prayer: Monuments


Egypt.  Pyramids.

A fitting way for the Ruler nation to memorialize the things that matter to it for posterity.

Although Italy is Exhorter, Rome and the Roman Empire were Ruler.  And it is fitting that the Coliseum and the Roman roads still memorialize that great culture.

The Roman Catholic Church is also Ruler by redemptive gift and the world is marked by astounding cathedrals, constructed without the help of cranes, power tools or OSHA.

With God’s exquisite sensitivity to each nuance of each redemptive gift, when Egypt is restored to its rightful role in the community of nations, Christ will lead them to express their gift in the heart of the nation and at the borders with building projects that express their spiritual commitment in the Ruler key of music.

I am not a Ruler.  I have accrued a lot of ideas about house design and construction during my years in the field, and I have some lightly held dreams of designing and building a house that expresses my redemptive gift, that fits with the gift of the land, and that is built with a host of spiritual facets woven into the process and the product.

Each redemptive gift uses space, light, perspective, sound, color and texture differently.  The differences between a Teacher house and an Exhorter house are probably the two most extreme.  I have deep interest in the whole concept because I have been in too many distorted houses, and watched too many families struggle to exist in houses that violently war against their design.

But even though I feel strongly about right design, and even though it would be splendiferously delightful to design my own house under those conditions, that is most certainly NOT how I want to be remembered 5, 50 or 500 years from now.

Each gift has its own way of building a “memorial” that is an expression of their life’s work.  And God knows all about that.

To me, a key part of the Blessing of Egypt is for God to move us forward, building toward that area of vast fulfillment.  Solomon, the Exhorter, accomplished much, left much behind, but failed to find fulfillment in alignment with his gift.  A tragedy.

And this, I feel, is a great joy for the enemy.  If he can keep us very busy, doing very good work in the Kingdom, while gently moving us farther and farther away from our design, he gains some small victory.  He could not cancel our salvation.  He could not even block our effectiveness.  But if he can block our fulfillment in serving our Great King, he salvaged something.  Salvation without joy.

This concept ties in with prayer #10 about transitions.  Sometimes we hold on tightly to what we are doing because it is so fruitful, and we have a horror of barrenness.  But what if we need to be transitioned out of the fruitful, unfulfilling track we are on to one that is more in keeping with our design, so we can be fruitful AND fulfilled?

God is the God of monuments, but each gift has a different expression.  Let’s give God permission to transition us to the place where we can build according to design, experience fulfillment according to design and leave a mark on the world according to our design.

Let’s call in the Blessing of Egypt.

12. Speed Prayer: Monuments

Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk

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  1. says

    Slow has defined our lives: 5 years of dating before marriage. 7 years of trying to get on the family farm before we finally move. 4 years till we feel peace about purchasing it. The only thing that has been quick and easy was the conception of our four children!

    Since I first caught on to the Egyptian curse series two days ago, I’ve been racing through reading these blogs and playing the prayers – until this one. This afternoon, with no storms anywhere, and no accidents close enough for me to hear sirens, our electricity began blinking off and on at least six times in less than half an hour as I attempted to download the “Monuments” prayer. Why?

    I’m not sure of all the specifics of this timeline, and am aware that I’m a complete novice at this, but look:

    Dec 2014 – After months of research and number-crunching the feasibility of starting his own business, my husband hands in his resignation for the managerial position he’s held for nearly a decade, to take effect March 1st. His proposal (working as a consultant to train the new manager 2 days a week for six months, at his current pay rate, while he transitions, at home, to starting the new business) is accepted.

    March 2015 – Interviews for his replacement finally begin. An offer is made. The recipient never responds. At all. None of the other candidates interviewed are acceptable. No one else applies . . . . He begins a season that he planned to be training someone else to be responsible for, and work on the new business is delayed.

    {Is this what slow walking looks like?}

    June 2015 – Finally, enough new applicants have been collected to begin the second round of interviews. And in another area of our lives, after over a year of dreaming about building a retreat cottage, I finally contact the builders for an estimate. The respond immediately, with great interest in the project. I stall.

    June 23 , 2015 – An offer is made for my husband’s replacement. The recipient dithers.

    July 5, 2015 – We visit a friend’s tiny, charismatic church.

    July 7, 2015 – Finally, the job candidate accepts. Now the contract for the transition time needs to be hammered out with my husband’s superiors. They stall.

    July 8, 2015 – Someone in a facebook group that I don’t know in real life offers to mail me something that I mention I’m in need of (significant to me because of spirit-of-poverty issues). It arrives, as promised, no strings attached, on the 16th or 17th.

    July 10-12, 2015 – We attend a weekend extended family reunion and everyone in my family (husband, children) who enters a “guess-how-many” contest, wins.

    July 14 – First blog post on the Egyptian curse.

    July 19, 2015 – We visit the friend’s church again, for a special service including art and dance.

    July 20, 2015 – I finally go out and take the photos of the building to be renovated, call the builder, and send the photos and requested information.

    July 21, 2015 – We get an email from a start-up (but well thought-out) agri-tainment business, outlining their modus operandi and inviting us to participate. It looks like an excellent fit. That same day, I finish design work on the new business logo and place the order for cards. I also win a facebook raffle for a nice package of goods.

    July 22, 2015 – The marketing research group I’m part of sends me a coupon for a free new product.

    July 23, 2015 – My husband’s 44th birthday.

    I could go on. July looks like the month for all the pieces to finally begin falling into place on so many fronts in our lives. A friend also had a long, drawn-out proposal finally come through and was able to break ground last week.

    I don’t know what will happen from here, and I don’t pretend to be one of the skilled, experienced innovators in prayer. I just wanted to share the God-speed that I see happening in our lives this month after long months/years of slow walking, and say thank you to all of you who are praying on behalf of us novices.

    Something is moving. I am eager to learn more, to experience more, and I join you in prayer.

    God-speed!

    Lorena

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  2. says

    Mrs. Life Giver asked me to post a note on her behalf so she could maintain her anonymity. While we normally don’t accept anonymous posts here, I though this situation warranted an exception since I know her well and know her story.

    There was a team meeting at the place where she works. It lasted two hours. There was some freedom for Mrs. Life Giver to speak truth into the situation and some movement but the core issue has not been resolved yet.

    She is deeply grateful for your intervention in prayer that day, but the battle has not yielded to God-speed yet. It is still grinding on with Egyptian Curse political speed.

    So I invite you to keep on praying for those situations where we took some ground but did not win the war. There have to be many more out there like that.

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  3. Nina says

    In worship today I felt the largeness of my spirit in a new and exciting way! Visions of this escoltology erupted in my mind and heart. Praising the Lord for this blog and for His leading me to this ministry. Can’t wait to hear more!

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  4. says

    I really resonated with the picture of each gift having a kind of monument that is a right representation of the gift. The monuments of the Ruler gift are not only magnificent, but lasting. I think that has something to do with how perfectly they capture the essence of the gift. For us to be able to leave some kind of enduring expression of our gift is a tremendous accomplishment. And I think the purer it is, the longer it can last. I so appreciate seeing the other side of the Egyptian spiritual dynamics. God was there first! It is important to get rid of the junk, but for their spiritual heritage to get twisted in such a powerfully negative way means that there are also huge positive possibilities!

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  5. says

    Yes, I made a mistake with blog #16 and published it when there was only one sentence. I went back and cancelled it, am finishing writing it and it will be released in right order in a few days.

    Sorry for the confusion. My finger hit the publish button instead of the save button.

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