2. Giver Prayer: Aligning Time


The sequence of development of creation’s relationship to time is fascinating to observe.

On the Prophet’s day, linear, segmented, predictable, named time was created.

On the Servant’s day, the oxygen, clouds and rain in the atmosphere began to move according to a complex set of interrelated principles.  You can predict a short time out whether it will rain today or not, but we simply cannot tell whether it will rain in Iowa on June 17, 2026.  If one variable changes anywhere in the region, it shifts the activity of the atmosphere.

On the Teacher’s day, earth was lifted from the deep, and it carries with it the perception of timelessness although on a deeper level there is much to discover and debate about that perception.  Then God created vegetation that is involuntarily pegged to the cadence of the seasons.  A tree flowers and fruits at a particular time of year for optimal results.  There is a symbiotic relationship between time and trees.  The seasons prompt the tree to blossom, and the tree blossoming at the right season contributes to its thriving.

On the Exhorter’s day, God anchored the seasons through the sun, moon and stars.  They were given the responsibility to maintain the cadence God had established for the well being of all of creation.  No initiative or spontaneity was allowed.

On the Giver’s day, for the first time there was free will.  With the creation of the fish and the birds, a huge sector of creation could move voluntarily over a wide space, with no fences or boundaries to enforce their movement, and could determine the time of choice for any activity at all.

HOWEVER, concurrent with that vast freedom came the implicit responsibility to synchronize with God’s provisions.  Failure to migrate in the time that God provided would result in the death of that bird.  Failure to nest in synchronicity with God’s season would likely have prejudicial consequences for the first and subsequent generations.  Failure to get up early and search for food would result in harder work during the heat of the day for some birds.  Failure to spawn at the right time and place would have consequences for a breed of fish.

Similarly, the Giver as an individual or as a community has the freedom to choose their timing, but that freedom is somewhat of an illusion since all time is not created equal.  Failure to synchronize to God’s windows of opportunity will cause the freedom of being passive to become the prison of becoming powerless.

A second significant picture of the Giver’s alignment with time is seen in the furniture of the Tabernacle/Temple.  The Altar of Incense represents the work of the Giver tribe.  And there, God allowed no freedom at all.  Twice a day, at the same time the lamps (Exhorter) were tended, the priest was to offer incense on that altar.  No exceptions.  No excuses.

This too represents an aspect of alignment to time.  Each Giver has a requirement from God to precisely serve Him in some facet of their life.  Failure to engage with God on His terms, with disciplined regularity will result in consequences far more Draconian than searching for food in the heat of the day, but less immediately obvious.

Join me in the prayer today for sundry aspects of the Giver tribe’s alignment with God’s time.

2. Giver Prayer: Aligning Time

Copyright August 2015 by Arthur Burk

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4 Responses to 2. Giver Prayer: Aligning Time

  1. Brenda Friberg says:

    Hi Arthur,

    I started posting this as a reply on the blog regarding Giver Prayer, Aligning Time, but it is rather lengthy and I don’t want to muddle things there with my rabbit trail kind of question. So, here goes….

    Questions on the following comments:

    “HOWEVER, concurrent with that vast freedom came the implicit responsibility to synchronize with God’s provisions.”; “Similarly, the Giver as an individual or as a community has the freedom to choose their timing, but that freedom is somewhat of an illusion since all time is not created equal.” “Failure to engage with God on His terms, with disciplined regularity will result in consequences…”

    I am wondering if these principles would apply to the body of believers as a whole regarding God’s appointed feasts and also the appointed Sabbath days throughout the Bible. For example, ” Exodus 12:14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.” celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And Leviticus 23:4 ““‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times” And right before this in Leviticus 23:3 “‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.” And incidentally, God also declares an appointed Sabbath rest for the land, “But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.”

    Thus, I wonder on a whole if the body of believers, the church, is missing this “engagement with God on His terms”, “that all time is not created equal” – these Feasts and Sabbaths come with a blessing if observed ” Exodus 20:8 “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Ex 20:6 “but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” If you multiply 1,000 x 40 that would be 40,000 years of human life which of course has not yet expired. The Sabbath is one of the 10 commandments which is almost completely ignored by the modern church. The appointed Feast times weren’t part of the 10, but would also be included in the scope of commandments and are also almost completely ignored. My thought is that many are simply missing out on blessings that are theirs and maybe even experiencing the consequences mentioned above due to simply ignoring God’s plain and simple directives so clearly laid out for us in His Word.

    I’ll stop there for now, except to say that I wonder if meeting God during these appointed feasts could have an affect on these Teacher cities dealing with the Egyptian curse based on this idea,

    Exodus 13:9-10 9 This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. 10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year. (referring to Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover)

    Blessings, Brenda

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  2. thestephenclan says:

    I am really enjoying this new series! I have no close givers in my life but I am a prophet living on giver land that I KNOW God placed me on for a purpose. Although these prayers seem to be meant primarily for individuals, they are giving me some new tools and ammunition for this land that I am to steward. Very thankful and excited!

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    • Hi, the lord was speaking to my heart as you shared about, what happens when we are not in alignment with the lords timing, it gave me a wake up call I needed when I dont relate to the lord on his terms, I am truly touched and moved by gods goodness, and I am so grateful to you arthur!!!!!!!!

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  3. Sandy Bassie says:

    Interesting read today; you remind us of God’s pattern of parameters, and how time itself worships God while directing each aspect of creation in giving honour to him. What I saw as I read: Time if formed and named, the atmosphere provides engagement with it in present timing (the now), earth is lifted up and engages both present and past (two dimensions of time), the sun, moon and stars reveal further parameters and a rhythm to time. Then the living beings are set free with an ability to look to the future, seeing that there is neither chaos nor complete control ahead of them; there is a rhythm established for them, flowing through past, present and future, and they are made to honour the creator of that rhythm. It is a place of life that attracts, like the rhythms and beat found in music, the flow of clouds over the sky, the sense of longing and anticipation watching as new life forms and is passed on through the generations. It requires and outside observer to appreciate it, and if all is well, draws us to that place of deep gratitude to the Giver of the given things the ability to experience them. Nice way to start of the week. Thanks, Arthur.

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