Why We Pray: Believe

Reason: We pray because we believe! Yes, we pray as a practice and discipline of our faith but in doing so we stand firm in our resolve to proclaim our trust in a living and active God who allows us to come boldly before his throne! #whywepray

The Painting: As our final look at prayer, we turn to Pieter Bruegel’s painting The Adoration of the Kings. It may seem a strange choice for this time of year, but I was drawn to it because Bruegel was able to capture the full range of individuals who might come to worship before the throne of God. It is interesting to observe this sacred event from a distance and to think about “those people” as fellow GTA writer Adam Nettesheim has recently written about the painting The Fight Between Carnaval and Lent

The Adoration of the Magi, 1564, Pieter Bruegel, oil on oak Image Source National Gallery, London.

Look closely and you will observe every type of reaction…

  • In the front, one man is bowing in complete whole hearted active adoration of the baby Jesus;
  • while another stands in stunned silence.
  • Some are standing rather nearby and seeming to be merely copying what others are doing;
  • While others are merely caught up in the crowd and have no idea of what is  taking place.
  • You can find those who are present in body but who are distracted by something or someone.
  • There are also those who seem like they are looking for a way to profit from this juicy piece of news;
  • And still others are looking around to see if any one is noticing their presence at the event.
  • Even the donkey, I believe is expressing a kind of blindness to the presence of the sacred as he is turned away and totally engrossed in eating the hay.

Confession: While it feels comfortable to say ” I have known those people in my life” if I press into the scene and resist the temptation to hold it at arm’s length, I must admit that I can find pieces of myself in all those who gather to worship at the feet of the new born king.

May we each rediscover the wonder and privilege we have to come before God’s throne in prayer.

O Come Let Us Adore Him!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen. ~ Ephesians 3: 20-21

I am proud to announce our first podcast! This is a dream come true and an answer to prayer. We plan to release one podcast a month. Each video will feature a discussion focused on either an artists or a type of painting. The idea behind this is to share with our audience the process and thinking behind our weekly posts on God thru the Arts; to encourage you in your personal or group devotionals to use the arts on a regular basis to feed your soul; and to reach out to other Christian artists so that they may find fellowship among us. We hope you will save this video and enjoy it in segments at your own pace. Thank you:))


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