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.

Prayer and What We Value after Affliction

The psalmist who prayed Psalm 119:65-72 offered a prayer of thanks for affliction he had suffered. Most of us pray that we may avoid difficulty. Why would someone thank God for allowing them to suffer? Part of the answer emerges … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Mystery of Christ

Mysteries grip our imaginations. Whether questions concerning commission of a crime or suggestions of conspiracy to obscure historical truth, we want to know more…and more. What has any of this to do with prayer, with calling for fire? Prayer itself … Continue reading

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A Prayer of Devotion in Difficult Times

The eighth prayer within Psalm 119 celebrates the worthiness of God for the worshiper’s loyalty and declares devotion even when persecuted. The psalmist identifies the Lord as his “portion,” perhaps alluding to the part of the sacrifice that was returned … Continue reading

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Prayer and Bridge Building

I run several days each week. Several of my routes include a half-mile-long paved trail that includes a bridge over a creek near the small waterfalls from which the creek and the trail derive their names: Angel Falls. Bridges enable … Continue reading

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Praying for Ukraine and for Ourselves

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all … Continue reading

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Prayer and Emojis

What emojis might you use most often in your prayers? How can our prayers reflect the character of God? Continue reading

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A Prayer, a Song, and a Memory in the Night

Originally posted on Call for Fire Seminar:
When life is darkest, what do we pray? When hope dims, what songs do we sing? When opponents taunt, on what memories do we rely? In his prayer to the Lord, the writer…

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Seeking Solitude to Pray

Where do you go when you need solitude? For extroverts that question may have no meaning. For people who personality tests identify as introverts, solitude seems like time in a most sacred space. I love being around people and especially … Continue reading

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Prayer, Stars, and the Majesty of God

How do you feel when you look at the stars? I spent the month of November 1998 in the Mojave Desert with other Soldiers from Fort Campbell. We engaged in military training. I rehearsed with other team members how we. … Continue reading

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Prayer and Dreams that I Remember

A dream theme has weaved through my sleeping hours during my life. I’m in a dark, wooded, confusing area with a companion searching for a lost child. I first had this dream when I was about four years old and … Continue reading

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