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Moving from Prayer to Action

Nehemiah’s prayers give us insight on moving from prayer to action. His despair when he receives devastating news about the plight of Jews who have returned from captivity to a wrecked Jerusalem causes him to weep. Then he prays. In … Continue reading

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A Prayer for an Unjust Nation Threatened by Terror

He prayed while his contemporaries trusted in rituals and practiced a syncretistic religion that mixed elements of nature religion with nationalism and the worship of God. He prayed while a hostile nation sent its armies to eradicate cities and demoralize … Continue reading

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A Prayer of Despair

We express diverse emotions in our prayers. We thank God joyfully for unexpected gifts. We request urgently items or services that we or loved ones need. We sob prayers of grief, and argue angrily when we struggle to understand why … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Call for Fire

Unexpected prayer warriors sometimes call for fire to the Lord in the Bible. The Old Testament routinely assesses each ruler of the northern Kingdom of leading the nation into sin, engaging in the sin of Jeroboam (who established two rival … Continue reading

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Praying With An Undivided Heart

In the midst of Psalm 86’s barrage of “calls for fire” (14 petitions) is a penetrating insight enclosed within a request, “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that … Continue reading

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When God’s People Humble Themselves and Pray

If Paul in 1 Timothy 1:15 could describe himself as chief of sinners, then King Manasseh might have argued that he was next. Manasseh ruled fifty-five years, more than any other monarch of Judah or Israel. During most of his … Continue reading

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A National Prayer of Confession for Sins of Previous Generations

Nehemiah chapters 8 and 9 record the formal spiritual restoration of a nation. Having returned from deportation to Babylonia, the Jewish people renew their allegiance to God. Their devout governor has helped refocus their attention on prayer and integrity. A … Continue reading

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Please Do Something, God!

Frustration builds in our minds. Popular entertainment clashes with our values. Politicians stun us with decisions. Friends, even family members, betray us. We want to cry out to God, “Do something! Remember how you intervened in biblical times. Save our … Continue reading

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A Prayer Regretting the Day of One’s Birth

In Jeremiah 20, Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, prays words that bring Job’s lament in Job 3 to mind. Job, who had lost almost everything, regretted the day that he had been born. Jeremiah prays his similar regret in even more … Continue reading

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A Prayer of Praise in Response to Rejection

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure” (Matthew … Continue reading

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