What is PTH? Why pray about the past?

praythroughhistory

I freely confess that the following outline is a work in progress. I simply want to share the framework and rationale of why praying through history is pertinent to me. Everyone who names the name of Jesus is called to be a minister of reconciliation, and this is just one man’s attempt to practice.

I. There are specific “moments of separation” in human history.

For example, the Seljuk Turks attack Jerusalem.

II. Action-based judgments in present time.

  • Jews to Seljuks, Jews to all Turks, Jews towards any outsider
  • Seljuks to Jerusalem’s Jews, Seljuks to all Jews

III. Future judgments are formed based on memory and perception; bitter root judgments are formed.

  • Transference on a cultural scale.
  • Perpetuation of offense.

IV. Parties are held responsible for their actions and judgments in the Lord’s justice.

  • Even righteous anger betrays the victim. Even if the victim is a city, culture, tribe, or nation…

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