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Prayer When Grief Challenges Faith

The prayer of Psalm 143 spoke for me today. As I read it, its words echoed the pain in my soul. Like the Psalmist, I have felt crushed by events in my life. The most recent, and most painful, is … Continue reading

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Learning to Trust When We Pray

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken” (Psalm 62:1-2). Inspiration for prayer dries up when events shatter our … 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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Sleeping When We Ought to be Praying

Jonah was on the run from God. God had given him a mission that grated against Jonah’s prejudices. Jonah hated Assyrians; God called Jonah to preach to the Assyrians in their capital city of Ninevah. Jonah ran to the port … Continue reading

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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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