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When to Pray, When to Protest

Injustice tears at our souls. When we sense inequity in treatment, anger surges within us. We cry for reprisal, and strike out in anger. Our will to forgive fades, eclipsed by “righteous” anger. When the injustice gains paradigmatic status in … Continue reading

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Remember to Pray “Thank You”

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his … Continue reading

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A Prayer After Almost Slipping

“When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your steadfast love, O LORD held me up. When the cares of my heart are many your consolations cheer my soul” (Psalm 94:18-19). In the midst of angry lament, one who had prayed … Continue reading

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National Prayer Writing Month

My friend Randal Matheny, who ministers for Christ in Brazil, is calling for a National Prayer Writing Month (NaPraWriMo). See this link for more information. Some people disdain written prayers. I have heard people suggest that to write a prayer … 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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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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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 Post-Labor Day Prayer About Work

“A man can do nothing better than eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This to, I see is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24). Have you considered your work as a way of serving, even praising, … Continue reading

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Praying Through the Rain

It rained today. The forecast called for thunderstorms; for a short time this afternoon rain descended in a downpour. We needed the rain. Grass in the neighborhood lawns was turning brown. Water levels in area ponds and rivers were noticeably … Continue reading

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A Reminder of Early Christian Prayer

Monday evening, my wife and I attended the Convocation that opens the academic year at Harding School of Theology. The evening included several prayers led by faculty, staff, and students, songs of prayer, and addresses about prayer. Dr. Allen Black … Continue reading

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