Category Archives: Prayers from Psalms

Prayer of the Righteous Man

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:17). God hears, and delivers the righteous … Continue reading

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Conversation with the God who Listens

When we pray, we converse with God. Our speaking, however, comprises only part of the conversation. As in any exchange between sentient beings, nonverbal cues enter into each participant’s understanding of the other’s intent in the conversation. In my most … Continue reading

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Prayer When All is Lost and We Doubt God’s Presence

How would you act if suddenly what gave you a sense of security was taken away? How and what would you pray? Would you pray? In Rumaan Alam’s novel Leave the World Behind, two families from different racial and social … Continue reading

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A Prayer during a Deep Freeze

Brrr! It’s very cold outside and light snow has fallen all day. The temperature is a little warmer now; it is minus two degrees Fahrenheit, but feels like minus twenty degrees Fahrenheit. Our energy company has notified customers to expect … Continue reading

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Prayer, Confession, and Forgiveness

Guilt weighs heavily. Fear that accountability will be required or that forgiveness will be denied creates stress. In Dostoevsky’s classic novel Crime and Punishment, the primary character plans and commits a crime which no one seems to connect to him. … Continue reading

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Prayer when God is Silent

A call for fire signals a longing for rescue, a desperate need for security and evidence that we are not alone in the battle. Whether a soldier sends out a request for artillery fire, close air support, or reinforcements, or … Continue reading

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Praying for Confidence

The Psalm that inspired me most when I started reading through the Bible regularly as a twelve-year-old several decades ago was Psalm 27. Its first words sparked confidence in a gangly, unsure preteen, and continue to do so for the … Continue reading

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Preparing to Pray

How well do we prepare to worship God? How do we prepare to pray? I have heard many stories of families arguing bitterly on the way to a place of worship, only to emerge from their vehicles with smiles and … Continue reading

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A Prayer for 2021

As a chaotic 2020 nears its end, I invite you to reflect on seven petitions from a psalm of David, Psalm 25. These ancient words still resonate, for they speak our pleas as we reflect on the year just past … Continue reading

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Praying for Rescue from Liars

How do we pray when there is a crisis of integrity? When truth becomes difficult to discern, when discordant voices clash in public forums inviting our allegiance and denouncing one another, we bow before our Lord praying for an end … Continue reading

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