Beacons and new things 

   Here are the finished paintings for a commission I have done for our General secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britaian, Revd. Lynn Green. 

The paintings are called ‘Beacons of Prayer – see I am doing a new thing!’ The second photo shows the painting that is over 2 metres long! 

They are inspired by Lynn’s vision who writes: 

I have this deep sense that God wants to do a new thing and he is calling us to prayer to ‘make space’ for him to speak and move.

Let me share with you how I have become convinced of this …

God has been speaking to me from Isaiah 43,’forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland’.

This sense that God wants to do a new thing, the sense that HE will do it, has been growing. Others have also given me this verse along the way; it just keeps popping up in all sorts of different settings.
But on Sunday 31 May 2015 God gave me a breathtaking vision of his glory; it was awesome, powerful yet beautiful. Then I saw fires being lit and spreading out all over this country and I felt that God was saying he wanted to light beacons of prayer right across the UK. Beacons of prayer that were people who were inspired to pray and seek the Lord, not with our own agenda but simply that we might draw close to Him and open ourselves and our churches to him so that he would have the freedom to move amongst us and through us by his Spirit. The next morning I prayed that if this was the Lord he would confirm this to me. Since then, in so many different ways, there has been this common sense of discernment that, yes, this is God speaking to us.
I believe this is a word for the church in the UK but my first role is to devote myself to prayer for God’s new thing and to call Baptists to join me in lighting and stoking beacons of prayer.
In these last two days I have shared this vision with the Baptist Steering Group and together we share this sense of God’s call to prayer. Last night we knelt together in humility and prayed that the Lord would be at work in and through us as individuals and as a movement of churches…So what next?? Quite simply, pray!

Lynn Green
General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain

  
Below you can see how both pictures looks on the Baptist Union web Site. Here are my thoughts about the paintings: 

I’ve tried to capture the energy and power of people and groups who pray, which in turn spark off other beacons of praying people across the land to seek God. The paintings seek to capture a mystery: The Kingdom of heaven is furthered by those who partner with the King of heaven by being in communion with Him. Out of this closeness flows action for new things as we begin to do what we see our Heavenly Father doing. 

Our prayers have the potential to change the way all ‘things’ are. Prayers, like light, ripple out and push back the darkness of a kingdom that has yet to bow to the Lordship of King Jesus. The beacons of prayer paintings seek to show how prayers overlap and intermingle with other prayers, igniting something new and inspiring new activity.  

Here’s the blurb from the website:

In creating our ‘Beacons of Prayer’ paintings, Chris Duffett has tried to capture the energy and power of people and groups who pray, which in turn spark off other beacons of praying people across the land to seek God. 

Chris explains, ‘The paintings seek to capture a mystery: The Kingdom of heaven is furthered by those who partner with the King of heaven by being in communion with him. Out of this closeness flows action for new things as we begin to do what we see our Heavenly Father doing.
‘Our prayers have the potential to change the way all ‘things’ are. Prayers, like light, ripple out and push back the darkness of a kingdom that has yet to bow to the Lordship of King Jesus.
‘The beacons of prayer paintings seek to show how prayers overlap and intermingle with other prayers, igniting something new and inspiring new activity.’

2 thoughts on “Beacons and new things 

  1. We were having a 24/7 prayer at church during the UK Olympic year and while praying I had the picture of that Olympic flame, how when the first few torches were lit there was a small amount of light and heat given out. But once all the torches were alight and they had been “lifted up” then the roar of that fire and the heat given off and the light given off was incredible. So the picture was one or two “lights shining” make a difference but en-mass, then wow what amazing things could be done!

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