How do you keep your faith consistent? How do you avoid complacency that comes to us all and can make us feel like a failure? Ezra and the people of Israel have an idea: taking the reading of scripture seriously through prayer and physical acts and gestures.
In this episode, we explore the prayer of Noah: a curse-prayer and two blessing-prayers. Noah curses his son Canaan and his descendants, but blesses his two sons Ham and Japheth and their descendants. What does this mean, and, for our purposes, what is a curse prayer, and should we ever pray one ourselves?
The separation of Church and State is written into the U.S. Constitution, a result of modern historical realities. But for believers, the separation—and connections—is found even in the ancient book of Ezra. This prayer gives us some insights into how prayer plays a part in the interaction between the State and our faith.