Author Archives: Michael Summers

About Michael Summers

Michael Waymon Summers has preached in twenty-seven of the United States as well as seven other countries. Michael earned a Master of Theology degree. He also has done graduate work in international studies. Michael likes to run, loves to sing, and reads voraciously.

Praying in Dark Times

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 ESV). David’s prayer in Psalm 23 took on … Continue reading

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Poetic Prayer in Spring

I wander down a tree-lined path While pandemic rages, sign of God’s wrath? Branches begin to bud, verdant green; Daffodils revive; their blossoms’ sheen Renews hope in the midst of despair, Encourages gulping in of fresh air. Emerging signs of … Continue reading

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Praying During a Pandemic

As news about the COVID-19 virus grew ever more ominous, I went out for my customary walk the other day. As I began my walk, a song being played on a neighbor’s device caught my attention. It was a song … Continue reading

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Praying with Self Awareness

Prayers are rare in the book of Proverbs. Several pithy statements about prayer appear, but developed conversation with God appears only in Poverbs chapter 30, among the sayings of Agur, a king unidentified elsewhere in the Bible. I’m going to … Continue reading

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A Prayer to the God of My Life

“By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 43:8). In the 2006 movie Last Holiday, the lead character Georgia, played by the singer/actress Queen … Continue reading

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Prayer in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Reading Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner awakened memories of my time in Afghanistan. I read a history of Afghanistan while I was deployed there that quoted a British Army officer who visited Kabul. He described it as a garden city … Continue reading

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Praying when Doors Close

What do we pray when our spirits are crushed, when circumstances force us to change direction and formulate new plans? Five years ago on January 21st, my day began with a phone call that informed me that my older son … Continue reading

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