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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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Praying with Attitude

Two men, Jesus says in a parable, go up to the temple to pray. Almost certainly, they are not alone. People thronged the temple, especially during the times of the two daily sacrifices. The second sacrifice occurred at the ninth … Continue reading

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A Leader Recognizes God’s Authority

In 2 Chronicles 6:1-42 (1 Kings 8:22-52), King Solomon dedicates the Temple he has constructed for the worship of God. Noted for his wisdom and political prowess, Solomon displays profound religious insight in his prayer on that occasion. His prayer … Continue reading

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Prayer When We Misinterpret God’s Will

We pray at times because we want to discern God’s will. We may actually believe that is our motive for prayer. I suspect that sometimes when we say that we want to discern God’s will, we really want God to … Continue reading

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Confessing in Prayer in Hope of Forgiveness

Confession in prayer to God equates to admission of guilt to a superior. When one admits guilt, he or she declares liability, and eligibility for whatever punishments accrue to the crime. Confession, while it may result in punishment, often results … Continue reading

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Prayer That Asks, “God, Don’t You See What Is Happening?”

Sometimes leaders who pray may want to ask, “Where are you, God? Why do you tolerate injustice?” Jeremiah, proclaiming that God would punish Israel by means of pagan nations, encountered bitter opposition. Even his own relatives conspired against him, and … Continue reading

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