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Praying with Awareness of a Legacy of Sin

As in my last post, I will consider what the prayer of returned Jewish exiles to their parents’ homeland can teach us about prayer. In that previous post, we observed the prayer was offered to the God who created the … Continue reading

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Prayer to the God Who Sees

“So she [Hagar] called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing’ for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen him who looks after me” (Genesis 16:13). Many women and men in our … Continue reading

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Two Prophets and a Sinful City

Two prophets to Nineveh preach destruction for that powerful city. Jonah, the earlier prophet, preaches a message of doom to people whom he detests. They heed his warning. They fast and pray for repentance to Jonah’s God, asking for deliverance. … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Comfort and Forgiveness

I planted tomato seeds this year. Eventually, plants emerged and began to grow among the stakes I had placed to support them as their fruit grew and made them heavier. Small yellow flowers appeared, then were replaced by small green … Continue reading

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A Prayer to God as Shepherd

Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock that belongs to you, which lives alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land. As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, show us … Continue reading

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Prayer and Mission

Prayer is a catalyst for mission. Prayer reminds us of God’s power to rescue. As our prayer requests extend beyond our own needs, we realize that others need spiritual healing as well as physical healing. We pray, as Jesus suggested, … Continue reading

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Prayers of a Reformed Persecutor

When opponents of the followers of Jesus stoned Stephen, a young man named Saul cheered them on. A student of the first century’s best known rabbi, Saul led persecution of Jesus’ disciples after that day. A remarkable experience changed his … Continue reading

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