Tag Archives: discipleship

Thoughts about The Lord and His Prayer

British professor N. T. Wright has written a book, The Lord and His Prayer (published in 1997 by Wm. B. Eerdmans), about the model prayer that Jesus used to teach his disciples to pray. The prayer, recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Disciple’s Full-Bodied Prayer

Humility and gratitude flow through prayer in Psalm 40, grounded in a full-bodied devotion to the Lord God. The psalmist recognizes his helplessness without God; he recalls how God not only rescued him previously, but also provided for him: “I … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers from Psalms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Prayer for Vindication When Enemies Surround

He prays earnestly. He cries for justice. He insists that he is innocent: “Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers from Psalms, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Praying During a Pandemic

As news about the COVID-19 virus grew ever more ominous, I went out for my customary walk the other day. As I began my walk, a song being played on a neighbor’s device caught my attention. It was a song … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Prayer that We Will Shout for Joy

King David served God with passion. He badly wanted to build a place for worshipping God that would honor his Lord appropriately. David did not get to see his dream come to fruition. Nathan the prophet conveyed to him a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Prayer for Focus

The prayer of the first stanza or strophe of Psalm 119 begins with beatitudes that echo Psalm 1: “Blessed are those who way is blameless, who walk in the way of the LORD!” These blessings introduce us to the intense … Continue reading

Posted in Prayers from Psalms | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Does Our Faith Inspire Others to Pray?

Does our faith inspire others to pray? That unusual question popped into my mind when I read recently about Abraham’s sending his servant Eliezer of Damascus to find a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac as part of my daily Bible … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Empty Pews Sing Softly

The empty pews sing softly, echoing back melodic tones Wafted by faithful worshipers scattered in erratic zones Through a hall reserved for moments of joy and grief, Exultation and lament, fervor and hopeful belief In Messiah Jesus, Son of God, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Prayer that We Will Find our Security in God

Fifteen years ago, the fabric of security in which Americans had wrapped themselves was ripped away as hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Our government responded with what the Attorney General … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Prayer When Planning for the Journey

  I spoke yesterday about “Budgeting for the Journey” as part of a sermon series entitled “The Way of the Cross Leads Home.”  When we embark on a journey, whether a holiday excursion or a work-related trip, pre-travel resource assessment … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment