Rebellion Against the Status Quo


By Rich Leatherberry, Mission Pastor

Dick Eastman, author and creator of the Change the World School of Prayer writes; “In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer.””

Prayer helps us partner with God in reviving what is broken and unjust in our world. Prayer is rebellion against the status quo. It is to say, “these things are unacceptable. The way things are, are not the way things should be. So in Jesus name, I urgently plead that the present status will be radically and eternally changed. Prayer places the one praying in the midst of God’s Kingdom movement, points toward people, places and circumstances God is not currently reigning in and calls for all Heaven to show up. Your Kingdom rule come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

One book I often use to engage me as a partner in what God is doing in our world is “Operation World” by Patrick Johnston. You can order or read a shorter version of the book here: It’s a great way to learn about specific countries, people groups, historical and economic realities and the Christian movement around the world. More importantly, it gives specific prayer requests which engage us in rebelling against the status quo.

Rebelling against the status quo in prayer changes us. It helps us see as God sees, love as God loves, and act as God acts. But most importantly, it engages us in God’s revival project and unleashes His Kingdom around the world.

So how can your prayer become more rebellious? Who and for what will you pray for? Keep a record of your prayer and write down any changes that take place. Start praying rebelliously and just see what God will do.

One thought on “Rebellion Against the Status Quo

  1. Hi Rich,
    Thank you for these comments on prayer. They reminded me of an article in the Perspectives Reader by David Wells, called, “Prayer: Rebelling Against The Status Quo.” He says that the nature of petitionary prayer is rebellion against the status quo. It is “The absolute refusal to accept as normal what is completely abnormal” – the rejection of every agenda, every scheme, every opinion that clashes with the norms that God originally established.
    I’m accepting your challenge to pray more rebelliously, and look forward to what God will do.
    Margie Gilchrist

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